A Parable of Two Sons

Here is a classy Memorial Day story: During the surge in Iraq in 2008, Nathan Witmer led an Army scout platoon in a thicket of villages rife with insurgents and roadside bombs. What he really wants to do is direct. Or maybe write — or produce. “Anything with movies was always the dream,” said Mr. [Read More...]

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Jeb Bush Says that, Knowing What He Knows Now, He Would Have Launched the Iraq War

Laura Ingraham responds: “There has to be something wrong with you.” W is Jeb’s chief Middle East expert, according to Jeb. The all-out Republican effort to elect Hillary Clinton proceeds apace. [Read more...]

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Having to Kill vs. Getting to Kill

One of the perennial questions that arises in discussion of the morality of violence is “If war is so bad, why do we have saints like Joan of Arc?”  In a curiously related way, questions like “How can torture be that bad?  After all, killing is worse than torture, but we get to kill in [Read More...]

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Americans on War

Wellllll… I don’t see the harm in just one thinnnn mint. Just one more thinnnn mint! [Read more...]

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The Difference between Colbert and O’Reilly

…is that Colbert *means* to be hilarious: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive Even funnier, the Great Man of FOX News declares that those who ridicule his massively and obviously stupid idea are “dumb“. Since when has an overextended empire that outsourced its security to a foreign mercenaries [Read More...]

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WWI Then and Now

A really stunning collection of photos that show scenes from WWI and what those places look like today. Here’s 1914-1917 and 1917-1918. WWI was the first act of a massive two act drama of civilizational suicide by a formerly Christian culture. WWII was the second act. Post-Christian Europe is a culture that has never really [Read More...]

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Francis wants to avoid war

Pope Francis says war is senseless slaughter, can always be avoided The pope’s message was presented Sept. 7 to people taking part in the International Meeting of People and Religions, organized by the Rome-based lay Community of Sant’Egidio and hosted by the Diocese of Antwerp, Belgium. So much for “Pope calls for US to Launch [Read More...]

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America, Then and Now

Then: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its [Read More...]

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The American Conservative on the latest bushwah…

…from the now completely incredible war party spokesmen McCain, Graham, and King, who again want to plunge the US into war in Iraq: If ISIS’ gains are truly an “existential threat” to the republic and our cities are about to “go up in flames,” why did these Republican hawks not demand that President Obama call [Read More...]

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Somebody else

Liberals are classically described as eager to spend somebody else’s money. Conservatives are, these days, eager to spend somebody else’s blood. [Read more...]

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