Category Archives: Military

Criticism of Obama’s Iraq policy from that crazy right-winger … oh, never mind

Think you have to be a conservative pundit to find fault with President Obama’s Iraq policy? Perhaps you should consult the new book from Leon Panetta, Obama’s former defense secretary and CIA chief. The latest issue of TIME offers an excerpt. We had leverage. We could, for instance, have threatened to withdraw reconstruction aid toContinue Reading

Goldberg probes president’s mixed message on war

What does President Obama think about war? Jonah Goldberg explains in his latest column at National Review Online why that’s a hard question to answer. It’s funny how President Obama is always talking about “I” and “me” whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it’s “they” and “we” when mistakes are made. For instance,Continue Reading

Lowry examines President Obama’s ‘mission accomplished’ message

Rich Lowry explains for National Review Online readers why George W. Bush isn’t the only American president deserving of criticism for declaring “mission accomplished” before a war has been won. President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” moment on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln after the initial success of the invasion of Iraq lives inContinue Reading

The irony of ending the ‘war on terror’

Terrorism expert and former Carolina Journal Radio interviewee Juan Zarate offers the most interesting quote in TIME magazine’s report on the Obama administration’s latest approach to the Islamist threat. [T]he terrorists didn’t care about what history advised or what democracy demanded. From Mali to Benghazi to Mosul to Karachi, they have grown in numbers andContinue Reading

Hanson posits the power of deterrence

Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column for National Review Online explains the irreplaceable role of deterrence in preventing war. [D]isputes over honor or from fear do not always lead to war. Something else is needed — an absence of deterrence. Most aggressors take stupid risks in starting wars only when they feel there is little likelihoodContinue Reading

Ft. Bragg and the red-cockaded woodpecker

The Fayetteville Observer has an important article out today on Ft. Bragg and its red-cockaded woodpeckers. The bottom line is that protection of the endangered woodpeckers is no longer a problem at the base. Why? Simple: The Army figured out what’s good for the woodpecker is also good for the Army. [Mike Lynch, who retiredContinue Reading

National Review editor examines the Iraq disaster

Rich Lowry devotes his latest National Review Online column to a review of recent history in Iraq. There was a time not so long ago when President Barack Obama boasted of how he had “ended” the Iraq War. It was, in his telling, a sign of his stalwart fidelity to his word. A video producedContinue Reading

Geraghty sees plenty of problems in new Afghanistan report

Those who heard Jim Geraghty’s presentation earlier this week to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society might remember his reference to an inspector general’s report linked to American operations in Afghanistan. Geraghty offers more details from that report in a new National Review Online column. The report identified major problems in the Afghan government’s abilityContinue Reading