Derb, I certainly agree that America’s troubles at military recruiting are a dangerous sign. Still, I’m not convinced that this idea won’t fly. As for history, the British empire was essentially maintained by foreign troops. In India, for example, a shockingly small number of British troops were supplemented by huge numbers of Indian “sepoys.” True, there was the famous sepoy mutiny, but I don’t think anyone is recommending the sort of massive disproportion of foreign born troops that the British had in India. The point is, Britain’s world-wide military power at its zenith depended on foreign troops. What we’re talking about here would only be the merest fraction of that. Another sort of example was sent in by a reader: a Brit named Rick Rescorla who volunteered for duty in Vietnam and eventually became an American citizen. Rescorla’s story is worth a read. Tough to top it for patriotism.
I do not share my friend David French’s theoretical constitutional concerns about the president’s revocation of security clearances -- at least when it comes to former government officials who become media commentators and have no demonstrable need for a security clearance. Like David and many other ... Read More
What does the word “primarily” mean? If you look it up in a dictionary, the definition is plain enough. Merriam-Webster says it means “for the most part.” Dictionary.com’s definition is even more helpful, providing a string of synonyms: “essentially; mostly; chiefly; principally.” Why does this ... Read More
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has one-upped socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: She proposes to nationalize every major business in the United States of America. If successful, it would constitute the largest seizure of private property in human history. Warren’s proposal is ... Read More
The Democrats have decided that agendas are overrated. Back in May, the party unveiled its "Better Deal" program, calling for expanded broadband access, an increase in the minimum wage, and paid family and sick leave. Voters didn't bite. So last month the Democrats came up with "For the People," which simplifies ... Read More
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My post on Elizabeth Warren’s cynical/bonkers proposal to effectively nationalize every American firm with revenue of $1 billion or more has met with predictable criticism. I will address two points here. One, some have complained about the use of the word “expropriation,” or more broadly about ... Read More
Oxford, England — After five months of ferocious and futile slaughter in “the Great War,” an Oxford undergraduate — knowing his deployment to the Western Front was inevitable — used his Christmas break in 1914 to cultivate his imagination. Twenty-two-year-old J. R. R. Tolkien began writing “The Story ... Read More