Russell Kirk on the Atomic Bombs

This past week marked the 73rd anniversary of the United States’ atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan (on August 6th and 9th, respectively). Predictably, these anniversaries set off social media arguments about whether or not the bombs were necessary to bring about Japan’s surrender and, just as predictably, these online arguments changed nobody’s mind. Continue Reading

The Manning Commutation: Three Thoughts

Yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentence of Bradley/Chelsea Manning, the whistle blower who leaked information, including documentation and videos of Americans killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, to Wikileaks in 2010. Manning was arrested that same year and was convicted of 17 charges in 2013, later being sentenced to 35 years in prison. The story of Continue Reading

Review: America’s War for the Greater Middle East

It has been said that for most Americans history began on September 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks that happened on that day seemed like a bolt out of the blue to an American population not given to introspection. What mattered in the days and years that followed 9/11 was not the history of the United Continue Reading

War: True Conservatism’s Mortal Enemy

What do conservatives value? Ask a conservative today, and you’ll likely hear words like freedom, faith and family. But usually at the top of the list will be something like “a strong military” or “national defense.” Boiled down to their essence, these terms embody a single idea: war. Conservatives believe in war. They regard it Continue Reading

Three Thoughts on Paris

Violence and terror have once again tragically erupted as ISIS has claimed responsibility for attacks that killed over 100 people in Paris yesterday. Reaction to the news has been swift and sweeping, with appropriate responses like mourning, concerns over security and a desire for justice mixing with baser calls for widespread violence against entire countries Continue Reading

Conservatives, Your Country is Not What You Think It Is

Conservatives have a certain understanding of America. This vision was articulated most eloquently by Ronald Reagan, whose appeal to religious imagery like “the City on a Hill” sought to carve out for the United States a unique position in world history. Reagan’s rhetoric has been repeated by a succession of lesser politicians, all seeking to Continue Reading

All Lives Matter

The news over the last few weeks has been replete with stories of death – the Charleston shooting, the Chattanooga terrorist, the Planned Parenthood videos, the police shooting of Samuel DuBose and now the death of Cecil the Lion. Now, it goes without saying that the least tragic of all these stories is the last Continue Reading

Unconstitutional Wars, Unintended Results

Originally posted at the Tenth Amendment Center Last week President Obama became the fourth consecutive American president to announce the bombing of Iraq. Obama’s actions dovetail perfectly with American sentiment. According to a recent Washington Post poll, 71% of Americans support bombing the radical insurgents who have overrun Iraq. 65% favor extending the aerial attacks into Syria and Continue Reading

Panetta Gets Presidential War Powers Wrong – As Do His Critics

Leon Panetta set off a firestorm of controversy last week when he said in reference to a potential attack on Syria, “Our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission Continue Reading