Smart missiles -- foolish choices

Of Fiddling Bishops and Intelligent Missiles

Michael Gallagher If we can believe the N.Y. Times—and if we can’t believe the N.Y. Times, whom can we believe?—the American Catholic bishops meeting in Baltimore last month led to professions of confusion about what course to follow in the wake of the recent synod in Rome devoted to the family.  Most of the bishops…

When it comes to America's wars, the buck stops nowhere

No-Fault Wars

Henry Pelifian Today, war in the U.S. is like no-fault car insurance. Nobody is responsible, but everybody pays.  Even a declaration of war as stated in the U.S. Constitution is not needed.  This no-fault war policy is bipartisan and includes the endless Global War on Terror at enormous cost.  The policy includes a codicil extending to national security…

Jeffrey Toobin: Win or Don't Bother?

The Injustice of Justice

Richard Sahn I was appalled by Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis of the decision of the grand jury in the Darren Wilson indictment hearings. Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN is a former prosecutor as well as defense attorney. The reason the DA,  Robert McCulloch, did not prosecute Darren Wilson during the hearings was because, Toobin says,…

President George H.W. Bush, fist clenched, ready to smack down the Vietnam Syndrome

Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome

W.J. Astore The Vietnam Syndrome refers to an alleged reluctance on the part of the United States to use military force after the disaster of the Vietnam War.  In a recent article, Tom Engelhardt reminds us that President George H.W. Bush referred to the success of Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-91 (which evicted Iraq from Kuwait)…