Wednesday, June 13, 2007

On the surge in air strikes
To put it bluntly, there is no surer or faster way to lose in 4GW than by calling in airstrikes. It is a disaster on every level. Physically, it inevitably kills far more civilians than enemies, enraging the population against us and driving them into the arms of our opponents. Mentally, it tells the insurgents we are cowards who only dare fight them from 20,000 feet in the air. Morally, it turns us into Goliath, a monster every real man has to fight. So negative are the results of air strikes in this kind of war that there is only one possible good number of them: zero (unless we are employing the "Hama model," which we are not).
From Joshua Snyder.

Also in LRC:

How radical Protestantism ruined America
World War I and the old connexion between the religious left and the religious right: using the state to try and make a utopia, a temptation at least as old as Plymouth Rock. At least William Jennings Bryan was anti-war. From the late great Murray Rothbard.

Incidentally Inherit the Wind is fiction: Bryan gave the evolution textbook a chance and was horrified as a Christian should be at the racist ideas it taught!

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