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Trump Refugee EO Sets Stage for More Military Intervention in Syria

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UPDATE: The provision discussed below did not end up in the final draft of the refugee executive order. It remains unclear if the Trump administration continues to pursue such a policy behind the scenes. An early draft of an Executive Order Pres. Donald Trump will likely issue Jan. 26 features a provision that sets the […]

Modern American Conservatives: A Different Brand of Progressive

Southern, Iraq (Apr. 2, 2003) -- U.S. Army Sgt. Mark Phiffer stands guard duty near a burning oil well in the Rumaylah Oil Fields in Southern Iraq.  Coalition forces have successfully secured the southern oil fields for the economic future of the Iraqi people and are in the process of extinguishing the burning wells that were set ablaze in the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson.  (RELEASED)

Modern conservatives constantly rail against left-wing collectivism and central planning. Well pot…meet kettle. Recently, Donald Trump suggested America should just “take the oil” out of Iraq. Now, anybody who values liberty should recoil at such a suggestion. After all, the oil doesn’t belong to America. Normal people call taking things from others theft. But in […]

Hellfire Fury – A Song

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A few months ago, I was reading an article about the drone war and the number of innocent people killed by American drone strikes.  The accounts in the article struck me in a very visceral way, and I started scribbling lines on a sheet of scrap paper. That started a process that culminated in this […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #24: Why Not War?


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why I became a foreign policy non-interventionist. Not so long ago, I was an unapologetic war-monger. There wasn’t a war I didn’t support. Vietnam? Check. The invasion of Grenada? Check. Gulf War I? Check. The invasion of Iraq? Hell yes! […]

133 Words or Less: Safety or Compassion?


I don’t find the issue of Syrian refugees nearly as cut and dry as it seems most Americans on the Internet do. It’s not unreasonable to have concerns about allowing thousands of Syrian refugees into the U.S., considering the very real threat that terrorists could sneak in among them. The fact that some people entertain […]

133 Words or Less: Terror as a Jobs Program


When you decimate a region’s economy with years of war, warrior becomes the only viable job option. Conventional wisdom holds religious ideology motivates ISIS fighters. Recent interviews by Lydia Wilson prove this an oversimplification. He was working as a laborer to support his huge family when he hurt his back and lost his job. It […]

It’s Time to Break the Cycle of Violence


I’ve always had this odd fascination with street gangs. A mentality utterly alien to my own drives gang members. I don’t understand it. In many ways it repels me. But I find I can’t look away. As a result, I can sit and watch episode after episode of the TV documentary series Gangland. You can’t […]

133 Words or Less: Peas in a Pod – Security Hawks and Global Warming Alarmists


Security-hawks are the conservative Republican equivalent of progressive global warming alarmists. For years, global warming fear-mongers told us we will all probably die if we don’t let them implement their political policies. They predicted a looming ice age. Then they predicted polar ice would melt. They predicted seas would rise and floodwater would inundate coastal […]