Message to our Ruling Class

You destroyed this good man. May God have mercy on your miserable souls–especially the souls of those who have not yet acknowledged the injustice of the war you inflicted on this man. You deserve to lose elections for years to come until you face what you did. The tragedy is that your opponents do not [Read More...]

Ross Douthat…

…on why Rand Paul’s filibuster mattered. [Read more...]

Bill Kristol: Infallibly Wrong About Everything

Bill Kristol, Warmonger Extraordinaire, has managed to be so wrong so often about so many things that when he attacks something or somebody, it’s a kind of negative imprimatur.  No.  Really.  The guy has a sort of charism of wrongness: So what is his Wrongitude up to now?  Why, joining up with McCain and Graham [Read More...]

I see we are suddenly pounding the war drums

All of a suddenly we face a Crisis. Be afraid! Be very afraid! Drudge is doing due diligence to gin things up.  WAR DRUMS: KERRY WARNS IRAN ON BRINK… ‘Challenging moment with great risks’… Obama ‘not bluffing’ over military threat… Netanyahu: ‘Red line’… TOP GENERAL: Nuclear Iran will trigger arms race in Middle East… Kissinger: [Read More...]

Euphemism is the Language of Satan

“We’ve killed 4,700,” the lawmaker said. “Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war, and we’ve taken out some very senior members of al-Qaida.” By “hit” innocent civilians what the senator actually means, in plain English, is “target“. And by “target” what he means is “murder”–with no accountability whatsoever. God [Read More...]

Outraged, Conscientious Hollywood Protests Targeting Civilians with Drone Strikes

If you define “outraged” as “lickspittle”, “conscientious” as “fawning”, and “protests” as “studiously ignores”. [Read more...]

Dead Innocents are Bad

…in America: In Pakistan, they are “collateral damage”–even when we target them. [Read more...]

The Psychological Cost…

…of our drone war on our troops. It always comes down to the same thing: some powerful rich guy tells some guy with a gun to his head that he has to kill that other guy over there. Sometimes the other guy turns out to be a little kid. Sometimes, the rich powerful guy deliberately [Read More...]

Over at the Catholic Herald in the UK

I’m discussing our policies of secret unilaterally ordered drone strikes targeting civilians. In the comboxes, there is the normal mix of sane people (so far a minority as of this writing), coupled with exactly the same sort of crazy (“You cited a ritually impure source! Those civilians have it coming! I suppose you want to [Read More...]

Drone War vs. Just War Teaching

…is under discussion at the Register. [Read more...]