The Vietnam War, a 10-part series for PBS which aired in 2017, is flawed, biased and incomplete. It is also a compelling and important examination of the Southeast Asia war America lost.
To send soldiers into war without a clear self-defense purpose, and without providing them every possible protection, is a betrayal of their valor and a violation of their rights.
The greatest soldiers of American history knew that freedom was sacred; no price paid on its behalf was a sacrifice.
The United States could have defeated the Islamist forces in Afghanistan, but we did not believe we had a moral right to.
Any element of self-sacrifice in war is a betrayal of our soldiers and the American freedom they fight for.
“If the state may force a man to risk death or hideous maiming and crippling, in a war declared at the state’s discretion, for a cause he may neither approve of nor even understand, if his consent is not required to send him into unspeakable martyrdom—then, in principle, all rights are negated in that state, and its government is not man’s protector any longer. What else is there left to protect?”
You do not preserve a free country by enslaving its citizens to perform life-or-death activities.
Official lies and deception will eventually reveal themselves with unnecessary loss of lives on the battlefield.
In our latest wars, many of the casualties suffered by American troops are a direct result of their having to obey rules of engagement created by politicians who have never set foot on — or even seen — a battlefield
Creating pensions that offer generous retirement benefits wins votes in the present by promising spending in the future. Promises cost nothing in the short run — and elections are held in the short run, long before the pensions are due.