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Martial Virtue: Promise and Peril

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
It’s unwise to worship without question the god of war (Worcester Art Museum, image of Ares) W.J. Astore Ever since the attacks of 9/11/2001, the United States has actively celebrated martial virtue.  We’ve portrayed our troops as heroes.  Presidents have celebrated them as the best led and best trained…

"To support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic"

Why America Keeps Losing Its Wars

Walter Stewart (Major General, US Army, retired) My essay explains why America is losing its wars and offers a simple solution – one requiring nothing more than moral courage on the part of our most senior military officers. 1.  America is losing its wars because they are unconstitutional to begin with. They are unconstitutional because…


Uncle Sam Does Not Want You

Matthew Jacobson.  Introduction by William Astore. America has always postured as being open to immigrants – of the right kind, that is.  Posturing becomes imposture when those immigrants are judged to be the “wrong kind” by prevailing groups.  Matthew Jacobson reminds us of this in this satirical list, and poses a telling question at the…