A Strong Leader, but Not A Saint

Saint John Paul II? Really?

Michael Gallagher Maureen Dowd, in her recent New York Times column (“A Saint, He Ain’t”), was, unfortunately, one of the few commentators on John Paul II’s canonization bold enough to voice a dissent. I, for one, wholly agree with her misgivings.  My only problem is that she should have expressed a few more.  As heinous,…

Beware of jokers in the deck

The Real Aggressor in Ukraine

b. traven Who is the real aggressor in Ukraine?  The U.S. appears to be playing the democracy card again, this time to save Ukraine from big, bad Putin.  But is there a joker in the deck?  Is it possible that our President, our Vice President, and our eminent Secretary of State, emboldened by their claims of…

Scooping Up Excess People in "Soylent Green"

Overpopulation: The Elephant in the Parlor

P. J. Sullivan What is the most urgent problem facing our planet? Our country? Is it warfare? Nuclear proliferation? Oil depletion? Hunger? Epidemics? Air and water pollution? Degradation of our food? Soaring housing costs? Global climate change? Species extinctions? Deforestation? All of these are important, but what is it that they all have in common?…

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Militarizing Our Borders While Letting People Die

By Todd Miller.  Introduction by William Astore. About twenty years ago, I received emails from a conservative friend that depicted an ongoing invasion of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California by a flood of Mexican immigrants hellbent on reversing the outcome of the Mexican-American War of the 1840s.  I laughed at the time at the…

As Rambo said, "Do we get to win this time?"

Was the Vietnam War Unwinnable? (1993)

W.J. Astore Eleven years after my freshman essay on the Vietnam War in 1982, I found myself at Oxford in a Strategic Studies Seminar.  For that seminar, I wrote the following paper on People’s War and Vietnam.  Based on deeper reading and more reflection than my freshman essay, I concluded that the Vietnam War had…