Time For the Commission to Ban Commissions

Washington Examiner December 6, 2006 Washington is eagerly awaiting the report from the Iraq Study Group to point the way out of the war in Iraq. Sure, there are tens of thousands of years of professional military experience at the Pentagon with every incentive in the world to get things right. But what do they know…

How About a Commission to End Commissions?

TCS Daily December 4, 2006 Washington is eagerly awaiting the report from the Iraq Study Group, headed by former Bush 41 Secretary of State James Baker and Democratic Congressman Lee Hamilton, to point the way out of the war in Iraq. Sure, there are tens of thousands of years of professional military experience at the…

How Republicans Can Get Back on Track

Human Events November 10, 2006 Washington Examiner editorial board chief Mark Tapscott sums things up pretty nicely: “When Republicans worry more about staying in government than about limiting government, they get thrown out of government.” I disagree, however, with his long range forecast:  “Frankly, I doubt that the GOP can change enough to avoid a…

The Most Important Culture War

TCS Daily October 17, 2006 Next month, the Army and Marine Corps will unveil a revised counterinsurgency manual scheduled which incorporates lessons learned in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. Thomas Barnett, author of two best-selling books on military strategy, summarizes its core principles: 1) The more you protect your force, the less secure you are (If military…

An Intelligent Reading of the National Intelligence Estimate

TCS Daily September 29, 2006 Reports in the Sunday editions of the New York Times and Washington Post that an April National Intelligence Estimate concluded that the Iraq War has increased the danger to the United States from terrorists created a media feeding frenzy. Critics of the war said “I told you so” while supporters questioned the motives of…

I Know You Are But What Am I

TCS Daily September 19, 2006 The Senate race in my home state of Virginia between incumbent Republican George Allen and his Democratic opponent, former Reagan Navy Secretary James Webb, has gotten ugly even by the rather low standards of American politics. Unless you’ve been vacationing on Mars (or at least not reading the blogs or…

Combating Wal-Mart Asymmetrically

Human Events September 12, 2006 Among the many arguments lodged against Wal-Mart by its critics is that, by selling goods at very low prices and offering comparatively low wage and benefit packages to its workers, they are leading a “race to the bottom” that is dragging down the entire service economy.  American Prospect writer Ezra…

Risk-Terrorism Analysis

TCS Daily August 21, 2006 Reason magazine science correspondent and TCS Daily contributor Ron Bailey argues that our fear of terrorist attacks is irrational, because you’re more likely to die of a car accident, drowning, fire, or murder. He concludes that, “with risks this low there is no reason for us not to continue to live our…

YouTube Politics

TCS Daily August 16, 2006 The Washington Post ignited a firestorm Tuesday with a front-page report that Virginia Senator George Allen, a highly touted 2008 presidential hopeful, twice called a cameraman for Democrat James Webb, who was of Indian descent, “Macaca” while ribbing him. Apparently, “macaca” is a type of monkey and is used as a slur for dark-skinned…

Bombing to Lose: Why Israel failed in Lebanon

Reason August 16, 2006 Just hours after the cease-fire with Lebanon took effect Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gave a speech to the Knesset acknowledging “deficiencies” in the way the war was conducted. Buffeted by critics on the left and right, he added that, “We will have to review ourselves in all the battles” and pledged,…