Putin, Ukraine, and Covid

– February 2, 2022

“Russia is not, by far, the only nation for which the Covid pandemic starkly exposed a variety of limitations. But whether in volumes or a few paragraphs, history must reflect the role that one of many influences, a global pandemic, played.” ~ Peter C. Earle


As Nuclear Weapons Spread, US Should Close its Nuclear Umbrellas

– December 30, 2021

“Washington should abandon its policy of holding its national homeland and civilian population hostage for the security of other governments. It is time to shift policy before the US is expected to fight a nuclear war on behalf of someone else.” ~ Doug Bandow


Economic Incentives Matter: Especially When It Comes to Defense

– December 6, 2021

“Telling other governments what to do rarely succeeds, and has failed utterly when tried by Washington. Other nations have watched what the US did, not said, and realized that America would pay no matter what.” ~ Doug Bandow


Bitter Belated Afghan Vindication

– November 7, 2021

“Americans finally recognize many of the lies that pervaded the success claims of the 20-year war in Afghanistan. No Washington pundit, politician, or ‘expert’ who vouched for the success of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan should ever be trusted again.” ~ James Bovard


China and the Monroe Doctrine: What’s Good for the Goose Is Good for the Gander?

– November 5, 2021

“The US always should be prepared to defend itself against any (highly unlikely) threats therein. However, the old imperial age is over. As America denounces spheres of influence abroad, it is more difficult to flaunt the Monroe Doctrine at home.” ~ Doug Bandow


Why Government Cover-Ups Succeed

– October 25, 2021

“The mere fact that Biden is not Donald Trump will likely continue to give him a free pass from the media for at least another six months. Or maybe cold, hard reality will never catch up with the most media-beloved president since Barack Obama.” ~ James Bovard


Military Spending Is Not the Same As Defense Spending

– October 21, 2021

“Washington’s policy making elite should impose truth in advertising on the Defense Department by returning its name to the Department of War. Today, unfortunately, Washington makes war far more often than it defends the American people.” ~ Doug Bandow


Time for Washington to Stop Sanctioning the World: US Arrogance Leaves Trail of Innocent Victims Behind

– October 14, 2021

“America’s sanctions policy is both costly and cruel, with the gains rarely worth the resulting human harm. The Biden administration should review current policy and sharply limit the use of economic sanctions.” ~ Doug Bandow


The Silver Lining of the Afghanistan Withdrawal: Afghanistan is No Longer Simply a US Problem

– September 21, 2021

“The U.S. cannot fix the world. Washington should leave Central Asia’s problems to surrounding states. And Americans should focus on reviving their country.” ~ Doug Bandow


Operation Go It Alone: Disenchanted Europeans May Build Their Own Army

– September 20, 2021

“The Afghanistan imbroglio provided Europe with a long overdue wake-up call. If European governments don’t like being treated dismissively by Washington, they need the capability and will to act independently.” ~ Doug Bandow


The Logic of Civic Irresponsibility and the War on Terror

– September 18, 2021

“Perhaps Coyne and Hall’s book is a step in the social learning necessary to take a step back from policies that have made us poorer and less secure by educating our elites and the public.” ~ Todd Myers


Military Equipment and the Labor Theory of Value

– September 13, 2021

“Ludwig von Mises once joked that only the government could take a useful commodity like paper, slap some ink on it, and make it worthless. We appear to have a similar problem with military equipment.” ~ Clifford F. Theis