A Dissenter’s History of the First World War

A Dissenter’s History of the First World War

Just as villains can be more compelling than heroes, are dissidents more intriguing than the leaders of history? “I’ve been interested, in some ways, in the history of losers,” Justus Doenecke tells The American Conservative. Doenecke, who taught at New College of Florida from 1969 to 2005, made his reputation in the historical profession through an open-minded reappraisal of arguably the most prominent group of American losers in the twentieth century: the pre-World War II anti-interventionists. These were the middle Americans who saw Franklin Roosevelt’s foreign policy as the path to...

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Press Release: Survivors of Israel’s Strike on USS Liberty Commemorate 55th Year

Survivors and of the brutal Israeli military attack against the American communications vessel U.S.S. Liberty will gather at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. on June 8 to commemorate the memories of 34 Americans who were killed and host a 55 year reunion at the Holiday Inn Arlington, Virginia on June 6-9. While patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, the USS Liberty (AGTR-5) was savagely attacked without warning or justification by air and naval forces of the State of Israel. Of a crew of 294 officers and men, including three civilians, 34 crew...

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Veterans’ Group Responds to Liz Cheney: ‘Put Up or Shut Up’

Today Bring Our Troops Home, a national organization of Global War on Terror veterans, called on Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney to stop using the U.S. Constitution "as a media prop" and support congressional war powers as stated in Article I, Section 8. "It is time for Liz Cheney to either put up or shut up. In a weak attempt to defend herself after the Republican National Committee rebuked her, Cheney tried to claim she was standing on constitutional grounds. It is a lie," said Sgt. Dan McKnight, Chairman of Bring Our Troops Home. In reaction to the censure enacted Friday by the...

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Jim Bovard on C-SPAN Today, 9:30 EST

Journalist and regular contributor to the Libertarian Institute James Bovard will appear on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning to talk about COVID-19 testing. You can watch his appearance, starting at 9:30pm EST, at this link.

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Merchants of Death: Origin of the Military-Industrial Complex

Merchants of Death: Origin of the Military-Industrial Complex

This article was originally featured at The American Conservative and is republished with permission of author. Is it unethical to profit off the mass death of your countrymen, and should something be done about it? In a society where wealth of any origin is increasingly looked at with suspicion and envy, weapons contractors have somehow avoided the spotlight. Even domestic gunmakers have withstood more public criticism than the producers of battleships, humvees, and fighter jets. When did a healthy skepticism of war profiteering turn into social acceptance of massive corporate structures...

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Soldiers Are Losing Faith in Their Commanders

Soldiers Are Losing Faith in Their Commanders

During the founding of the United States, Pennsylvania earned the nickname “keystone” for its essential role—geographic, economic, and political—in winning American independence. Two and a half centuries later, Pennsylvania maintained its Keystone State status in the now concluded war in Afghanistan. In 2013, after the peak of the insurgency, state Adjutant Gen. Wesley Craig said that Pennsylvania endured "by far" the most National Guard deaths of any state. In the past two decades, according to tracker icasualties.org, the state has seen 93 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in addition to...

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‘Newspaper Generals’: The Shared Legacy of David Petraeus and Nelson Miles

‘Newspaper Generals’: The Shared Legacy of David Petraeus and Nelson Miles

As the United States closes the door on its two-decade war in Afghanistan, the last person the American people need to hear from is the man who not only contributed to the war being prolonged a decade, but who wants it to continue for another (or more). And yet here is “King David” Petraeus, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, riffing in a casual interview with The New Yorker about how his counterinsurgency ideas were never given a large enough time frame to succeed, and hocking the same “lessons” he’s been repeating for years. Should the man who lengthened and exacerbated the...

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