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August 8, 2012
As Americans are being lulled into believing our wars are winding down, I was appalled to read Robert Koehler's recent commentary about U.S. power in the world ("Can an empire show compassion?" Aug. 5). Do I want to live in a hyper-militarized American empire? Absolutely not. There is nothing in our Constitution to mandate we dominate the planet, and if history is any guide, such a philosophical change spells disaster. It's despicable that we have more than 1,000 military bases worldwide and simultaneously have created a form of armed intervention based on presidential whim.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 30, 2013
"This war, like all wars, must end. That's what history advises. That's what our democracy demands. " -- President Barack Obama at National Defense University, May 23, 2013 They say all is fair in love and war (I'm skeptical), but that doesn't mean war and love have much in common. When it comes to love, both parties need to be in on it. In war, all it takes is one to tango. Sure, if the nonbelligerent party doesn't want to fight, it can try to talk, or cut a deal, or even surrender.
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NEWS
April 1, 2009
Say, you might have missed the memo on this, so - just FYI - we thought we'd mention that the war on terror is over. No, this isn't an April Fool's joke. It's official policy of the U.S. government. Reports surfaced recently that the Global War on Terror no longer exists. Does this mean Americans now don't have to worry about bad guys and bomb plots? No such luck. Terrorism will likely be with us for a long time. But the fight, according to the Pentagon's Office of Security Review, will henceforth be termed an "overseas contingency operation."
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November 30, 2012
Richard Seymour cannot understand why more than 50 percent of the electorate voted for President Obama ("Difficult to find an explanation for why voters chose president," Catonsville Times, Nov. 14). He cannot understand why people would vote to increase taxes on themselves. I'll try to explain and I'll use small words so he can follow along. During the last 11 years, we have been fighting three wars (Iraq, Afghanistan and the "Global War on Terror") and we didn't pay a dime for any of them.
NEWS
By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | July 13, 2007
During a change-of-command ceremony, Col. Jeffrey S. Weissman became the new garrison commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground yesterday, pledging to lead the base's effort to support "the defense of our nation and the global war on terror." Weissman, a 46-year-old New York native, takes over as APG's 42nd garrison commander, responsible for management of the 72,500-acre post in Harford County. Weissman delivered brief remarks to a crowd of soldiers, local officials and civilians gathered at Fanshaw Field.
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By STEVE CHAPMAN | July 16, 2007
CHICAGO -- For anyone who has grown complacent about the danger of terrorism, the incidents in London and Glasgow, Scotland, were supposed to provide a jolt of reality. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy put it, "these foiled attacks are best understood as new rounds in a long, global war, provoked by the challenge of radical Islam." Here was proof that the jihadists are still out there, ready to strike at the moment of their choosing. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff clearly agrees.
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By Victor Davis Hanson | December 11, 2006
On Dec. 7, 1941, pilots from a Japanese carrier force bombed Pearl Harbor. They killed 2,403 Americans, most of them service personnel, while destroying much of the American fleet and air forces stationed in Hawaii. The next morning, an outraged United States declared war, which ended less than four years later with the destruction of most of the Japanese empire and its military. Sixty years after Pearl Harbor came another surprise attack on U.S. soil, one that was, in some ways, even worse than the "Day of Infamy."
NEWS
By Donald H. Horner Jr | September 28, 2007
Recently at the Naval Academy, there has been a lot of focus on America's being "a nation at war." This emphasis is shared at the other service academies and at military training bases. Drill sergeants use the phrase "nation at war" to heighten the awareness of recruits as they go about the process of training and preparing young American servicemen and women for their shared destiny: Most will soon be in combat. The "nation at war" concept, however, fails to resonate or meet with much enthusiasm outside the military.
NEWS
September 8, 2002
THE SPECTACULAR engagements in the war against terrorism have taken place in the dust-brown regions of central and southern Asia, where bombings and assassinations and betrayals and the hunt for Osama bin Laden still continue. Asia is crucial, but the action there tends to mask a fundamental truth about this struggle: The staging ground for terror isn't in Asia at all, but in Europe. In recent weeks, the Dutch rounded up men suspected of helping to finance terrorist groups. The Swedes arrested a man with a gun trying to get on a plane; his motives are unclear.
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November 30, 2012
Richard Seymour cannot understand why more than 50 percent of the electorate voted for President Obama ("Difficult to find an explanation for why voters chose president," Catonsville Times, Nov. 14). He cannot understand why people would vote to increase taxes on themselves. I'll try to explain and I'll use small words so he can follow along. During the last 11 years, we have been fighting three wars (Iraq, Afghanistan and the "Global War on Terror") and we didn't pay a dime for any of them.
NEWS
August 8, 2012
As Americans are being lulled into believing our wars are winding down, I was appalled to read Robert Koehler's recent commentary about U.S. power in the world ("Can an empire show compassion?" Aug. 5). Do I want to live in a hyper-militarized American empire? Absolutely not. There is nothing in our Constitution to mandate we dominate the planet, and if history is any guide, such a philosophical change spells disaster. It's despicable that we have more than 1,000 military bases worldwide and simultaneously have created a form of armed intervention based on presidential whim.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | March 3, 2012
Most wars have a turning point that either signals the road to victory or the ditch of defeat. In Vietnam, the 1968 Tet Offensive by communist troops against South Vietnamese and American forces and their allies is regarded as the turning point in that conflict. Though communist forces suffered heavy losses, which would normally define defeat, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkiteand others in the U.S. media portrayed the operation as an allied loss, thus encouraging not only the anti-war movement, but North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops who believed all they had to do was hang on until America grew tired of the war and quit.
NEWS
April 1, 2009
Say, you might have missed the memo on this, so - just FYI - we thought we'd mention that the war on terror is over. No, this isn't an April Fool's joke. It's official policy of the U.S. government. Reports surfaced recently that the Global War on Terror no longer exists. Does this mean Americans now don't have to worry about bad guys and bomb plots? No such luck. Terrorism will likely be with us for a long time. But the fight, according to the Pentagon's Office of Security Review, will henceforth be termed an "overseas contingency operation."
NEWS
By David Wood and David Wood,Sun reporter | March 17, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Humbled by America's bloody experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military is looking ahead with rising concern to a decade of widening terrorism and insurgency, new conflicts in overcrowded, failing states, and the near certainty that additional nations or terrorist or criminal gangs will obtain nuclear weapons. The United States is less prepared to meet these problems than at any time in the past decade, according to senior U.S. strategists and outside analysts.
NEWS
By Donald H. Horner Jr | September 28, 2007
Recently at the Naval Academy, there has been a lot of focus on America's being "a nation at war." This emphasis is shared at the other service academies and at military training bases. Drill sergeants use the phrase "nation at war" to heighten the awareness of recruits as they go about the process of training and preparing young American servicemen and women for their shared destiny: Most will soon be in combat. The "nation at war" concept, however, fails to resonate or meet with much enthusiasm outside the military.
NEWS
By STEVE CHAPMAN | July 16, 2007
CHICAGO -- For anyone who has grown complacent about the danger of terrorism, the incidents in London and Glasgow, Scotland, were supposed to provide a jolt of reality. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy put it, "these foiled attacks are best understood as new rounds in a long, global war, provoked by the challenge of radical Islam." Here was proof that the jihadists are still out there, ready to strike at the moment of their choosing. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff clearly agrees.
NEWS
By Harlan Ullman | December 21, 2004
WASHINGTON - A largely unnoticed report drafted by an important and mostly invisible Pentagon advisory group contained surprisingly strong and probably unintended criticism of the Bush administration's approach to the global war on terror. The report by the Pentagon's Defense Science Board (DSB), a panel of outside technical and defense experts, was titled "Strategic Communication." In plain English, it means waging and winning the war of ideas between the United States and Islamic extremism.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | March 3, 2012
Most wars have a turning point that either signals the road to victory or the ditch of defeat. In Vietnam, the 1968 Tet Offensive by communist troops against South Vietnamese and American forces and their allies is regarded as the turning point in that conflict. Though communist forces suffered heavy losses, which would normally define defeat, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkiteand others in the U.S. media portrayed the operation as an allied loss, thus encouraging not only the anti-war movement, but North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops who believed all they had to do was hang on until America grew tired of the war and quit.
NEWS
By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | July 13, 2007
During a change-of-command ceremony, Col. Jeffrey S. Weissman became the new garrison commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground yesterday, pledging to lead the base's effort to support "the defense of our nation and the global war on terror." Weissman, a 46-year-old New York native, takes over as APG's 42nd garrison commander, responsible for management of the 72,500-acre post in Harford County. Weissman delivered brief remarks to a crowd of soldiers, local officials and civilians gathered at Fanshaw Field.
NEWS
By Victor Davis Hanson | December 11, 2006
On Dec. 7, 1941, pilots from a Japanese carrier force bombed Pearl Harbor. They killed 2,403 Americans, most of them service personnel, while destroying much of the American fleet and air forces stationed in Hawaii. The next morning, an outraged United States declared war, which ended less than four years later with the destruction of most of the Japanese empire and its military. Sixty years after Pearl Harbor came another surprise attack on U.S. soil, one that was, in some ways, even worse than the "Day of Infamy."
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