Politics

Crisis Mongering

Crisis Mongering

When President Bush sold the Iraq War to the American people, he claimed that refusing to act was unacceptable as the crisis of global terrorism required immediate action. Said Bush in 2002 “Some have argued we should wait - and that is an option. In my view, it is the riskiest of all options - because the longer we wait, the stronger and bolder Saddam Hussein will become.” Critics wailed that invading Iraq would result in a decades-long occupation, the exorbitant cost of which would be too high, plaguing this and future generations. To date, Bush’s critics have been proven right. When President Obama sold his recent stimulus package to the American people, he claimed that refusing to act was unacceptable as the economic crisis required immediate action. Said Obama in January, “we have to act and act now.” Critics wailed that the $787 billion stimulus package would result in a weaker long-term economy, and the exorbitant debt would plague this and future generations. Time will tell whether Obama’s critics are proven right. What time has already told us is that so-called government “experts,” who allegedly have some superior insight, often lead America hastily down disastrous paths under the auspices of averting some “crisis” that coincidentally, always deserves immediate and drastic attention. Given their frequent colossal mistakes and gross miscalculations, Americans would be wise to look upon any current or future crisis-mongering with an inquisitive eye. And the drama and theatrics that accompany these crises should make Americans skeptical of their leaders’ true intentions.

A Peaceful Palm Sunday

A Peaceful Palm Sunday

On Sunday, I spoke at an event organized by a coalition of peace groups marking the...

Kosovo, Russia, and the Last Grasps of American Unipolarity

Kosovo, Russia, and the Last Grasps of American Unipolarity

Kosovo is the latest irritant in what was already a deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship. Disagreements over energy policy, Iran, a U.S. missile-defense system in central Europe, a further round of NATO expansion, as well as Russia’s own domestic political and economic evolution have all contributed to a growing chill in the air. Although few in Washington recognize it, the Kosovo affair might also represent the twilight of the U.S. worldview of the 1990s—the so-called "unipolar moment." Dealing with its aftermath, especially in the U.S.-Russia relationship, will test whether American politicians and policymakers are prepared to adapt to the realities of a much more multipolar 21st century. So far, the jury is out.

A Candidate in Search of a Catastrophe

A Candidate in Search of a Catastrophe

There once was a time when presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani led the Republican...

Ron Paul versus the PC Brigade: A Strange Silence From the Beltway Boys

Ron Paul versus the PC Brigade: A Strange Silence From the Beltway Boys

No response to my TTD piece so far from Jamie Kirchick, author of The New Republic‘s...

Joe Bob's America

How CVS Invaded My Brain

How CVS Invaded My Brain

NEW YORK—There’s some guy at the world headquarters of CVS drugstores screwing with...

Joe Bob's America

How CVS Invaded My Brain

How CVS Invaded My Brain

NEW YORK—There’s some guy at the world headquarters of CVS drugstores screwing with...

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