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The Electoral College Hampered: The Case of Nixon’s 1968 Campaign Treason

While he was running for the U.S. presidency in 1968, Richard Nixon told H.R. Haldeman “that they should find a way to secretly ‘monkey wrench’ peace talks in Vietnam” by trying to get the South Vietnamese government to refuse to attend peace talks in Paris until after the U.S. election.[1]Specifically, Nixon gave instructions that Anna Chennault, a Republican fundraiser, should keep “working on” South Vietnamese officials so they would not agree to a peace agreement before the U.S. election.[2]“Potentially, this is worse than anything he did in Watergate,” said John Farrell, who discovered evidence of Nixon’s involvement from Haldeman’s notes on a conversation with the candidate. That Nixon committed a crime to win the election is itself an indication that the way Americans elect the federal president was flawed. That he went on to cover up the Watergate crime committed during the 1972 campaign only to win by a landslide should give pause to anyone having faith in an unchecked popular election.  I contend that the American Founders had designed the Electoral College in part to catch such a candidate from becoming president, even if the College had never operated as such. Yet it could.

The full essay is at “The Case of Nixon’s Treason.”


1. Peter Baker, “Nixon Sought ‘Monkey Wrench’ in Vietnam Talks,” The New York Times, January 3, 2017.
2. Ibid.

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E.U. Defense Post-Britain: Beyond Multinational Military Cooperation

Just months after the British voted to secede from the Union, the E.U.’s Counsel of Ministers discussed “proposals for increased military cooperation” amid concerns from the British state government as well as those of some eastern States that “such collaboration could undermine” NATO.[1]The proposals being discussed were “part of a push by European officials and diplomats to strengthen European ties” after Britain’s vote to secede.[2]I submit that both the expression, “military cooperation,” and Britain’s involvement in the discussion are ill-fitting and inappropriate, respectively.

The full essay is at “E.U. Defense Post-Britain.”


1. Julian E. Barnes, “EU Pushes for Deeper Defense Cooperation,” The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2016.

2. Ibid.

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As the World Turns: A Troublesome Widening Gap Between Progressives and Traditionalists

In his last speech to the U.N.’s General Assembly in September, 2016, U.S. President Barak Obama pointed to a world more prosperous yet with political and security crises.[1] He called this combination a paradox arising from globalization—the converging of political, economic, and social systems around the world made possible by advances in technology. I contend that globalization is not the primary cause of the massive changes going on in some societies but not others (and in parts of a given society), hence Obama’s diagnosis and prescription fall short. In short, parts of some societies, and some societies as a whole were going through massive, deep changes that were reinforcing the tendency of traditional forces to resist and stay put. It is the widening of the gap, both within some societies and between them that is the real cause of the strife.


The full essay is at “A Troublesome Widening.”


1. Carol E. Lee, “Obama Urges Course Shift for World in Conflict,” The Wall Street Journal,” September 21, 2016.

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Perpetual war for perpetual peace

What are the sources of the interminable wars throughout the world today? Why are militant Muslims terrorizing Europe and America? What has caused the turmoil in Ukraine? Is Vladimir Putin desirous of reigniting the Cold War? Does he represent a…

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Adolf Eichmann: Justice or Retribution by the Victims?

In February, 2016, 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, a former guard at Auschwitz, went on trial in Detmold, Germany for being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people. Back in 1961, Adolf Eichmann had been tried in Jerusalem for crimes against… . . . → Read More: Adolf Eichmann: Justice or Retribution by the Victims?

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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The American-Iranian Agreement: Moving Mankind Past War

In an epoch of technological development, the relative dearth of political development as concerns international relations has been evident. In June 2015, Pope Francis advocated the establishment of a global institution having governmental sovereignty with which to combat the human contribution to climate change. Such a political development would be significant, given the long-standing default of sovereign nation-states and unions thereof. In July 2015, U.S. President Barak Obama announced an agreement with Iran that would keep that nation-state from develop nuclear weapons in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. Just three years earlier, war had seemed unavoidable. I submit that Obama’s accomplishment can be thought of as a step toward rendering war itself as obsolete, or at least primitive.


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The Man Comes Around

A friend of mine tweeted this yesterday, it is incredibly powerful. Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around: http://t.co/vduOscZfKA — Siobhan Hoffmann (@SiobhanHoffmann) December 19, 2014 Thanks, Siobhan

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Narrowing Public Debate: Political Narrative as Fact

For ordering his men at Gettysburg to keep firing at over 10,000 Virginian infantrymen in what is now known as Pickett’s Charge, Alonzo Cushing—who died in the battle—was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Barak Obama on November 6, 2014. As a result of that charge, Pickett lost his entire division. In the 1984 film, Gettysburg, General Lee tells Pickett after the battle to look after his division. “But General Lee,” Pickett counters, “I have no division.” Suddenly Lee is confronted with the true magnitude of his military blunders at Gettysburg. From this point of view, Cushing’s military honor looks rather different than from Obama’s point of view. As conveyed by the media, that vantage point enjoyed a virtual monopoly, and thus the interpretation could easily be taken as true rather than relative. I submit that much from the political discourse as sourced or conveyed by the media is projected as truth when it is highly subjective and thus subject to question and debate.


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Narrowing Public Debate: Political Narrative as Fact

For ordering his men at Gettysburg to keep firing at over 10,000 Virginian infantrymen in what is now known as Pickett’s Charge, Alonzo Cushing—who died in the battle—was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Barak Obama on November 6, 2014. As a result of that charge, Pickett lost his entire division. In the 1984 film, Gettysburg, General Lee tells Pickett after the battle to look after his division. “But General Lee,” Pickett counters, “I have no division.” Suddenly Lee is confronted with the true magnitude of his military blunders at Gettysburg. From this point of view, Cushing’s military honor looks rather different than from Obama’s point of view. As conveyed by the media, that vantage point enjoyed a virtual monopoly, and thus the interpretation could easily be taken as true rather than relative. I submit that much from the political discourse as sourced or conveyed by the media is projected as truth when it is highly subjective and thus subject to question and debate.


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War on Terror – Can Obama really be this incompetent or is he this incompetent on purpose?

The President has pathetically failed in his main role as protector of the United States but is it due to simple incompetence or could it possibly be more?He ignores his advisors, is dogmatic in his philosophy, misses a high percentage of national secu…

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This Parallel Between LBJs And Obamas War Plans Will Terrify You

This is more than a bit worrying. Johnson did an outstanding job of messing up the war effort by his ridiculous micro-management. But one has to admit that he did pay attention. With Obama we’re likely to have the spectacle of micromanagement without supervision. Worse, unimaginably worse in every way. From the Federalist. Here’s where […]

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Out of the mouths of babes: US National Security! (Humor)

There are times that the unfiltered thoughts of children can teach adults how critical tasks such as the national security of the United States need to be handled!Barack Obama and the rest of his administration should learn this lesson quickly because … . . . → Read More: Out of the mouths of babes: US National Security! (Humor)

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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A Time for War

Angelo Codevilla has thought, like most of us, about ISIS. Like most of us, also, he sees problems ahead. He also sees a path to victory, and victory is the only useful term in this context.  If You Want To Stop ISIS, Here Is What It Will Take The Islamic State’ video-dissemination of one of […]

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Hamas Violates The Ceasefire – Again

Hamas has begun shooting rickets again at Israel, violating the ceasefire that was supposed to continue until 8 AM tomorrow local time.Rockets fired from Gaza hit the Eshkol region of Israel at 4:00 AM local time, about an hour ago.Israel indicated&nbs…

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What ‘Demilitarization’ Really Means

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One of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s problems with both John Kerry’s Hamas friendly ceasefire offer and the UN’s call for an unconditional ceasefire was that neither mentioned demilitarizing Gaza, which Netanyahu rightly considers one of the prime goals of the current conflict.

But when he mentions this as something ‘the international community’ should be calling for, he’s kidding himself. And to go even farther, even if the ‘international community’ agreed to do so and put it in writing, Netanyahu and the  Israeli people would be incredibly naive to accept it at face value.

Does anyone remember the 2006 Lebanon ceasefire? That resulted in a binding Series 7 UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that guaranteed the disarming of a terrorist group , Hezbollah. In exchange for the IDF ending hostilities and withdrawing all its forces back over the border, UNIFIL and the Lebanese army were supposed to see to it that Hezbollah never returned to its strongholds in South Lebanon and to disarm Hezbollah and all other militias or ‘armed groups’ as the resolution put it. 

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With Syria and Iran in mind, there were even mention of specific penalties to be evoked in UNSCR 1701 in the event of  any foreign entity rearming Hezbollah.Even Sheik Nasrallah of Hezbollah agreed to the resolution’s terms.

So, what happened? Once the IDF pulled out all of a sudden things changed. Hezbollah refused to be disarmed, and the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan suddenly came up with the brand new position that the UNIFIL troops were not going to take any responsibility to do so, and that it was up to the Lebanese government..who were far too weak to disarm Hezbollah on their own.

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And when Hezbollah said that it was going to ignore UNSCR 1701’s provision that Lebanon south of the Litani River was to be a Hezbollah free zone, did the UN or UNIFIL say one word? Maybe ‘not our job’ but not much else.

And in August of that same year, when Turkish authorities intercepted five Iranian cargo aircraft and one Syrian aircraft carrying missiles to Hezbollah forced them to land at Diyarbakır Airport in southeastern Turkey, did the UN do anything about it? Uhhh, no.

That is how the ‘international community’ does disarmament and demilitarization. Especially when it comes to Islamist terrorists where Israel is concerned.

My point here? Expecting the US or the UN to demilitarize Gaza and disarm Hamas is to believe in a fairy tale no matter what either of them put on a piece pf paper.Especially with President Obama in charge.

The only way to disarm and ‘demilitarize’ Gaza and make sure it stays that way is for the IDF to defeat Hezbollah completely. And Israel can only trust Israel to actually do it.

After that, to ensure it stays that way Israel needs to annex Gaza and and remove a substantial part of the population to UNRWA camps outside Israeli territory, or to Area A, or to a combination of the two Then repopulate Gaza with Jews and watch it become a Singapore or a Hong Kong.

This would not be a solution without cost. Solutions deferred for years never are.

But in the end, peace comes from victory. And after all of the ‘sacrifices for peace’ written in Jewish blood forced on Israel since the Oslo debacle, I think the Israeli people would support this over these constant wars of attrition that grow more costly each time. Enough of the balagan gadol.

Cross Posted at The Times Of Israel

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Gaza Update – Israel Hits Dozens Of Hamas Targets

A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli flares illuminating the Palestinian coastal enclave, on July 7, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/JACK GUEZ)

The IDF pounded dozens of Hamas targets as Operation Protective Edge continues…including the homes of a number of senior Hamas officials after Israel gave them advance warning.

The strikes hit 18 underground rocket launchers, three Hamas command and control facilities, and then targets described by the source as “infrastructure” which included, according to my information, several missile ‘factories and a couple of smuggling tunnels along the Israeli border.

Senior Hamas officials who had their homes targeted included Iyad Sahikh, the senior Hamas commander in Gaza city in charge of rocket fire on Israel; Samer Abu Daka, senior Hamas official in Khan Younis; and Hassan Abdallah , the Hamas commander in Khan Younis in charge of the the current round of rocket fire on Israel.

What this looks like is a gradually developing strategy on the IDF’s part, a staged offensive to destroy Hamas’ ability to attack Israel as well as its military infrastructure. The Israeli goal still seems to be ‘quiet for quiet’ and it appears that they’re hoping that the escalating damage to Hamas assets will be sufficient to deter Hamas and convince them to stop launching rockets at Israel.

I’m not certain myself that this is a realistic strategy – this would be an excellent time to take Hamas out permanently and pacify Gaza in my humble opinion- but on the other hand,the last thing Israel wants is another 1.4 million Arabs to deal with. But if this serves to just destroy most of Hmas’ missile arsenal and military structure….

Stay tuned.This one is likely to goon for awhile.

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The Right War LIVE on FTR – Liz unhinged style

It’s after the holiday, and all is not well. Whether it’s stupid liberals persecuting conservatives, or the ObamaCare farce, there’s plenty to be furious about. And that’s exactly what Liz is. So, settle in to hear about all of the nonsensical things coming out of Washington. Don’t expect the usual fare on these topics, though. You’ll hear about why EVERYONE . . . → Read More: The Right War LIVE on FTR – Liz unhinged style . . . → Read More: The Right War LIVE on FTR – Liz unhinged style

John McCain: War hero – Senator – Islamic Theologian

John McCain has lived a rather storied life. He’s a POW survivor from the Vietnam War, who used his heroic story to leverage a rather extensive—which is code for “man, do we need term limits”—career as a politician in Washington, D.C. But did you know that, apparently, he also has a background in theology? He revealed this shocking fact during an interview with FOX News when he corrected Brian Kilmeade about the true meaning of a well-worn phrase used by terrorists around the world just before they kill innocent people in the name of Muhammad. According to McCain, the phrase “Allahu Akbar” has nothing to do with radical Islam. No, according to the Reverend McCain, it is the Islamic equivalent to a Christian saying ”thank God.” I guess that means we shouldn’t be all that upset about the 9/11 attacks. After all, those radical Islamic terrorists did take a moment to give a prayer of thanks just before they crashed those planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.  Allahu Akbar could have been their way of offering up a prayer of thanks for the great flying weather. Perhaps, they were grateful for the new converts to Islam that would surely result from their “mission” trip to America. Maybe they were offering up a proactive […] . . . → Read More: John McCain: War hero – Senator – Islamic Theologian . . . → Read More: John McCain: War hero – Senator – Islamic Theologian