A historical perspective on why Obama is wrong about Israel

    …Netanyahu is correct. What Obama is asking is for him to risk the survival of his entire nation, and he’s right to take what some are calling a “defiant” tone here.

    It is almost unprecedented to expect the victor of a war to return territories won in the conflict, especially when such lands are obtained from an aggressor and viewed as strategically essential territories for future defense.

    In the entire history of human civilization on this planet, I’m aware of one country, just one, that was victorious in war and then voluntarily gave up conquered territory: The United States.

    After World War II, America not only agreed to allow Germany and Japan to retain their independence, but also supported a significant portion of their rebuilding through the Marshall Plan and related programs.

    Note, however, that we didn’t call up Hitler in 1943 and try to “negotiate” peace. We fought on land, sea, and air until the German military could take no more. We did not stop fighting until Hitler had committed suicide and the Germans had officially and formally surrendered.

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    The Perils of the Pre-1967 Proposal

    There seems to be some confusion over why the Israelis should be so hostile to President Obama’s suggestion that the two-state solution be achieved by returning the Jewish state to its 1967 borders. The President’s supporters argue that since these borders were previously acceptable to Israel, they should be acceptable now.  After all, pre-1967 Israel fought to defend those borders and they were on the table | Read More »

    The Perils of the Pre-1967 Proposal

    There seems to be some confusion over why the Israelis should be so hostile to President Obama’s suggestion that the two-state solution be achieved by returning the Jewish state to its 1967 borders. The President’s supporters argue that since these borders were previously acceptable to Israel, they should be acceptable now.  After all, pre-1967 Israel fought to defend those borders and they were on the table | Read More »

    Bad News about the Washington Prayer

    US Congresswoman Michelle has been using a well known “Washington Prayer” and attributing it to Washington’s first inaugural address.  It has also been used at the National Prayer Breakfast. I am afraid that this is another “historical” problem for her like not knowing that the census was written into the Constitution and the questions written by James Madison, and that the Revolution started in Concord, Massachusetts | Read More »

    Traditional Conservative Beliefs

    (Author’s note:  this originated as an information page on my website.  I decided to post it as an “essay” after receiving repeated inquiries from folks who had not seen the info page and wondered what exactly is a “traditional conservative?”) Traditional Conservatives – some call us Old Right or Paleo-Conservatives – could be thought of as the closest intellectual, moral, and political living kin of | Read More »

    France’s Wars: Caesar Invades

    Did you ever notice that in almost every great war in history, France has been involved in some way? Here’s an example: Julius Caesar’s Conquest of Gaul. Summary: Julius Caesar conquered Gaul (the Roman’s term for the lands now France). His legions also raided into Brittania (England) and crossed the Rhine River (into Germany. Background: Barbarians from north of the Alps had raided the Italian | Read More »

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    UCSD Offers Freshman Seminar that Glorifies Che Guevara This Spring Quarter

    Here at UC-San Diego , it is no surprise that the History Department offers a freshman seminar in defense of Che Guevara’s brutal, inhumane actions. Brace yourselves for this: my university has a Che Cafe . The course will be officiated Spring Quarter 2011. The seminar description is listed on the Undergraduate Seminar page : Che Guevara: Myth, Icon, Message HITO 87 B00 Section ID: 716023 | Read More »

    Democracy is Very Messy

    You know, we in the United States have been spoiled. Our Revolution to throw out our British masters was tough. But the British left us with some very good institutions from which to create an American government and society. The government implemented immediately after the Revolution, under the Articles of Confederation, transitioned fairly peacefully to the one we have under the Constitution. Even the Civil | Read More »

    GLOBAL WARMING, ETC.

    In 1800 A.D. (C.E.) there were an estimated one billion humans on the face of the earth. Now, two centuries later, there are about six and one-half billion and increasing exponentially. In 1800 there were no petroleum powered vehicles on or above the earth, no oil, gas or coal fired power plants producing electricity, no highways of macadam or concrete, no useable electric batteries and | Read More »

    The Milgram Experiment Suggests TSA Staff Unlikely to Disobey Orders

    Discussion of TSA’s recent actions has focused on procedures. But procedures do not implement themselves. Someone has to be comfortable with looking at naked pictures of strangers. Someone has to be comfortable searching breasts and testicles for likely nonexistent explosives. For every woman savaged and every child fondled, there was a person in a blue shirt willing to participate in the process. That is disturbing | Read More »

    The war of skirmish and symbolism

    The plain pulverizing fact is that our war is religious war. It matters not one lick how much our modern mind recoils from this; it matters not one lick that Liberalism barely even has the vocabulary to talk about it, and will react with blind fury against most anyone who does want to talk about it. Looking over the modern world and all its proliferating | Read More »

    The war of skirmish and symbolism

    The plain pulverizing fact is that our war is religious war. It matters not one lick how much our modern mind recoils from this; it matters not one lick that Liberalism barely even has the vocabulary to talk about it, and will react with blind fury against most anyone who does want to talk about it. Looking over the modern world and all its proliferating | Read More »

    Rutherford B. Hayes – The Best One-Term President

    So in the early 2012 contestants for President we have a 3rd party guy named Rutherford B. Hayes running. This prompts a liberal response to remind everyone that the 19th President was an EEEEEvil RAAAAAcist who stole the election. Expect the same responses for the 43rd President George W. Bush. A lie is repeated often enough until it becomes an historical fact. This is one | Read More »

    Out the door

    It was on the chilly side this morning in the Dallas area. I know this because I had to stand outside in it — in shirt sleeves — for almost ten minutes, waiting in line to vote. I’ve voted at the same location for five Election Days now, and never before have I seen the line extend outside the building. There were, as I learned | Read More »

    The Tea Party Story

    It is said that the victors write the history.  That may be true when it comes to epic conflicts like the Trojan War or the American Revolutionary War, but often it isn’t the victors in the fight that write the tale.  Usually it is written by those who write histories and often they are not so honest.  Some winners are completely ignored by the writers of | Read More »