Category Archives: Military

American relations with North Korea

Those of you who listened to the recent Carolina Journal Radio interview with North Korean refugee Cherie Yang might find some interest in Doug Bandow‘s latest column for the Washington Examiner. What makes the north such a challenge is that there is no obvious solution to any aspect of its malignant behavior. There isn’t muchContinue Reading

One key aspect of Reagan’s legacy

Martin Anderson dedicated a quarter century of his life to setting the historical record straight about Ronald Reagan’s accomplishments as president. It’s only fitting, then, that Anderson’s last book — released shortly after his death in January at age 78 — would continue that theme. Ronald Reagan: Decisions of Greatness offers plenty of interesting informationContinue Reading

Remembering those who secured our freedoms

If we think about much beyond fireworks and parades on July 4, we likely remember the date as the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Few dwell on the fact that the declaration, in and of itself, did nothing to secure American independence from the British crown. Jack Kelly’s book Band of Giants offers anContinue Reading

Department of Military Affairs creates increase cost for State Budget

When I looked into the creation of a new department after the Governor’s budget suggested it, I thought – how could they create a new department and not spend any more money? Well I was right, bureaucracy is continuing to grow and cost the taxpayers more money. In the House budget (page 120), they specificallyContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new state audit that reveals N.C. Medicaid management abuses, including $1.6 million in excessive pay, nepotism, lax oversight, and failure to follow state policy. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal examines the quirks in Air Force rules that led to a recommendation to deactivate the 440th Airlift WingContinue Reading

Stirring conservative and libertarian ideas into ‘conservatarian’ stew

You’ve doubtless heard — perhaps even participated in — debates about what conservatives and Republicans need to do to win national elections in the future, especially after consecutive presidential losses to Barack Obama. Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review makes his book-length contribution to the debate with The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the FightContinue Reading

Another look at Club Gitmo

More than six years into his presidency, Barack Obama still has yet to close a terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo in Cuba. Arthur Herman examines the reasons for the president’s foot-dragging in a Commentary magazine feature. Among Herman’s most interesting passages is one that contrasts the 44th president’s policies with those of his predecessor. ThereContinue Reading

Balancing the ‘sequester’ and U.S. defense needs

Daniel Wiser reports for the Washington Free Beacon about the internal debate among congressional Republicans over maintaining defense spending within the limits set by sequestration cuts. Republicans admit that while the spending caps have helped to reduce deficits in recent years and ensure fiscal responsibility, defense spending has also declined during a period of globalContinue Reading