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Wednesday, 2004 February 4, 07:57 — history, militaria

that’ll teach ’em

Brad Edmonds: I Still Owe the Military Nothing

Truman bombed Japan because the Japanese demanded as their only condition of surrender that the emperor remain emperor. They continued to demand this after both bombings, so Truman just gave in. The bombings were for nothing. And with no retaliation for Truman or the US to fear, Truman still stopped, and gave the Japanese what they wanted. They didn’t even have rifles.

Sunday, 2003 December 7, 01:21 — militaria

protectionism

Rasmusen quotes Steyn:

The war on terror is, in one sense, a Saudi civil war that the royal family has successfully exported to the rest of the world. The rest of the world should see that it’s repatriated.

Wednesday, 2003 November 12, 12:51 — blogdom, militaria

QotD

Unqualified Offerings have yet another forceful word to say about the conduct of the War of the Year:

Here is the thing you must understand about David Brooks and Max Boot and William Kristol and the whole “national greatness” gang. The “brutal measures” are not regrettable means to a noble end. They are a noble end. The national greatness types have been bemoaning America’s supposed softness and urging it to toughen up since the mid-1990s. The war on terror has simply been their opportunity to sell a preexisting product. That product is, chiefly, your sons and daughters, brothers, sisters and schoolmates shooting foreigners. Some of the foreigners shot may indeed be our enemies. Others may be the sons and daughters, brothers, sisters or schoolmates or our enemies. Or at least standing somewhere in the vicinity of where our enemies are or have been or may think about being. No matter. The real enemy is “decadence,” which is their word for liberty.

Friday, 2003 August 29, 09:18 — militaria

vindication of the hawks

Ouch. Paul Krugman writes:

It’s all coming true. Before the war, hawks insisted that Iraq was a breeding ground for terrorism. It wasn’t then, but it is now.

Thursday, 2003 August 14, 19:33 — militaria

mommie Russia dearest

Maria Farrell relays the story that eight prisoners at Gitmo are begging not to be sent ‘home’ to Russia. History repeats?

Friday, 2003 July 4, 08:51 — history, militaria

my shining city

Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will [America’s] heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.

But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.

She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.

She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.

The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force . . . .

She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit . . . .

John Quincy Adams, Independence Day, 1821

Friday, 2003 May 16, 11:01 — militaria

exporting what, again?

Lead Balloon of the week: U-S military tells Iraqis to turn in all guns or face arrest

The US military is now telling Iraqis they cannot own or sell guns. Any Iraqi who does faces arrest, according to a new radio spot running in the country.

(Link from the Future of Freedom Foundation)

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