On Islamists and Rick Santorum

Crossposted from BJ.com:

On Islamists and Rick Santorum

Yesterday, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Lauren Morgan posted an interesting piece on “Islamism in the Popular Imagination” over at Gunpowder and Lead. It makes two main argument, one poorly and one quite well, but both are important in their own way. The piece is written using a HuffPo [...]

Responsibility vs. Obligation in Syria

Over at Gunpowder & Lead, Brett Friedman has an interesting post where he argues,

This post is certainly not meant to condemn those who feel the US should intervene. Frankly, the desire on the part of many to help the people of Syria is a noble and appropriate feeling. I would hope that all [...]

Jewish History and Special Consideration for Israel

I don’t think I’ve been particularly shy in noting that I think that many of Israel’s policies in regards to settlements and the Palestinians are both criminal and criminally stupid. I also don’t think I’ve ever been particularly shy about noting that I don’t particularly have high hopes for the likelihood of a Palestinian state [...]

Maybe Afghanistan is a Good Idea After All

Norquist Decries Lack Of Conservative Debate On Afghanistan

Norquist said conservatives recognize the weakness of the arguments for the war, which is why they don’t often make them.

He scoffed at the notion that fighting two wars was making American stronger. “Being tied up there does not advance American power,” he said. “If you’ve got [...]

A Nuclear Solution to Terrorism?

On another thread, new commenter USA wins AGAIN writes:

I’m sure this sounds crazy and maybe worse to most but I think all options should be on the table to win the war and withdraw both. Why did the US spend so much building a nuclear force willing and able to wipe out the earth [...]

So What Do We Do?

Man, this is rough:

Gunmen Kill Medical Aid Workers in Afghanistan – NYTimes.com Returning home from a three-week trek on foot to deliver free medical care to the remotest regions of the country, the aid workers — six Americans, a Briton, a German and four Afghans — had just finished eating when they were accosted [...]