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The Texas Grocery Store that Helped Push the Evil Empire on to the Ash Heap of History | International Liberty

Heh! Yep, that’s how it always went. The Houston Chronicle dug into its archives to produce a story about an incident that may have played a big role in history. It’s about a senior communist functionary who was exposed to a slice of capitalism. […] Yeltsin visited mission control and a mock-up of a space […]

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“There Are Only Two Conceptions of Human Ethics” | Strange Herring

Business as usual, sadly. I am rereading Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler’s masterwork limning the psychology of Soviet totalitarianism, and realized you can justify anything if you believe you are on the right side of History. Kill babies, sell off the parts, then lie about it? That’s amateur night. Here is a portion of the […]

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Capitalism in Vietnam: War as Overrated

Going to war might seem like the most expedited course to achieving geopolitical aims, even when they in actuality predominately economic in nature. To the extent that the Cold War was from the American standpoint a means of keeping capitalism from succumbing to socialism (i.e., the state rather than private industry owning the means of production), the American involvement in the civil war in Vietnam was a waste of effort, not to mention lives lost. For the feared “loss” of Vietnam to communism turned out only to be temporary.


The complete essay is at “Capitalism in Vietnam.”  


In retrospect, was the Vietnam War worth it for anyone? (source: CNN)

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Watch the Other Hand

So often what we pay attention is driven by what the media talks about, and that usually has little to do with anything that matters, whether its Olympian athletes who have decided, as the spotlight finally turns away from them, to be a woman to bring it back, or a formerly ragtag group of Islamic […]

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Sharansky, the Soviets and Iran

Natan Sharansky’s op-ed provides a stunning contrast between the Obama administration’s Iran capitulation and President Eisenhower’s negotiations with the then-Soviet Union. Check this out: For starters, consider that the Soviet regime felt obliged to make its first ideological concession simply to enter into negotiations with the United States about economic cooperation. At the end of […]

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Rand Paul vs. Rand Paul

Allahpundit’s post about Rand Paul is a fascinating read, though I have a slight difference of opinion with him. Here’s what he wrote that I disagree with: When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing […]

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A Defense Department of Lawyers

I’m chary of Bill O’Reilly’s proposal to outsource the war on terrorism to a newly formed mercenary army for many reasons. Far from the least is the idea of a semi controlled force wandering around the world, we already have too much of that sort of nonsense. For me, it’s also a bit too reminiscent […]

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Strategy and Stuff

OK, I gather we lost our strategy for ISIS, maybe it got left in the Roosevelt room or something, but the President can’t seem to find it. That’s bad, things work a lot smoother when you have one. See, a strategy is nothing more really than a plan for a specific area. We should have […]

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Of War and Duty

And so, we come to it, don’t we, ISIS/ISIL/IS has decided they are at war with the United States, which isn’t much surprise. I’m confident that like the other enemies that have found us, such as Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, assorted Barbary Pirates, and a few others, their Hubris will eventually meet […]

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The Rhymes of History: OODA Edition

This is pretty interesting, and we would be well to file it in the “Rhymes of history” file. Whatever happens-it has before, probably often. Here’s Thomas Fleming bringing advice from George Washington to our present problems. Another way to phrase this, that I use, it was developed by an Air force officer, is the OODA […]

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The Bear is Loose

#166038704 / gettyimages.com I suppose you’ve heard, the President has taken to Twitting, uh sorry, Tweeting, “The Bear is Loose” when he supposedly sneaks out on the Secret Service to go have a burger with his prepositioned worshipers. It’s not only pretty sophomoric but also pretty transparent but, I suppose it’s more fun than presidentin’, especially […]

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Three years of NEO!

Three years ago this week Nebraskaenergyobserver made its debut on the Internet. So first, congratulations to my dearest friend Neo. Blogs are like Gibbon’s description of empires – they rise and fall and the sands of history cover them and their place knows them no more. It is, as I know myself, easy enough to start […]

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Rand Paul & Barack Obama vs. Rick Perry & Ronald Reagan

Whether he realizes it or not, Sen. Rand Paul sounds frighteningly like President Obama. Sen. Paul’s op-ed sounds exceptionally dovish, starting with this: President Obama has said he might use airstrikes in the future. I have also been open to the same option if it makes sense. Notice the qualifier-filled statements from President Obama and […]

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Gov. Perry vs. Sen. Paul

It’s sounding more and more like Gov. Rick Perry, (R-TX), is planning on running for president again in 2016. This op-ed sounds like the first shot against Sen. Paul: This represents a real threat to our national security — to which Paul seems curiously blind — because any of these passport carriers can simply buy […]

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That Was the Week That Was

So, it’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? And we haven’t even got to the ‘Government by Blog Post’ Friday document dump yet. So we’ll see what else can go wrong. I don’t ever tell people how to vote but if I was a Mississippian, I would not vote for Cochran, this kind of despicable […]

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“World War I on the Home Front,” By Ralph Raico

This is considerably heavier (and longer) than what I usually do on Saturday. That’s not an apology, it’s also important. Most of it comes from Nomocracy in Politics, which is a wonderful source for us. Many of you have seen my utter disgust for Woodrow Wilson, and my belief that he ushered in many of […]

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Americans Aren’t Better Than Everyone Else, But Our Ideals Are

First, an apology. There have been things going on in my personal life that have seriously distracted me, and while that is really not an excuse, it will have to do as the reason that my content has not been as good as usual the last couple of weeks. Hopefully it will stabilize soon, and […]

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Apathy in the Executive

In the last few years, I’ve said some fairly harsh things about Peggy Noonan. Part of that is because I expect a lot from her. Anybody who could have written Reagan’s Pointe du Hoc speech for the 40th Anniversary of D-Day; knows enough not to be taken in by the Cult of Obama™. And in […]

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Balance of Power

With the destruction of the Soviet Union, for most purposes, the stationing of United States forces in Europe became unnecessary. It is reasonable to have some based there as a contingency, and it is also desirable that the US help maintain Europe as a nuclear free zone (if you exclude Russia, France, and the United […]

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Rand Paul, appeaser

After reading Rand Paul’s op-ed about Ronald Reagan, it’s clear he doesn’t understand President Reagan. This part is particularly upsetting: Many forget today that Reagan’s decision to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev was harshly criticized by the Republican hawks of his time, some of whom would even call Reagan an appeaser. In the Middle East, Reagan […]

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