Stephen Kinzer visits a country whose people, he discovers, are "startlingly pro-American -- but anti-U.S. intervention" — The View From Iran.
Gene Healy on the "new documentary by Sebastian Junger, who spent a year embedded with an army platoon in Afghanistan, [which] highlights the absurdity of those who think it's possible to tame the country" — American Ambition.
"Can America afford an empire?" asks Sheldon Richman's article — The Hidden Costs of Empire. "We're going bankrupt, but we spend more than $12 billion a month in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Tim Carney's article informs us that "there's big money in state and federal alcohol regulation, and beer, wine, and liquor wholesalers thrive among the thickets of restrictions" — Wholesale Banditry.
"The best book on Obama’s America has already been written," writes Dermot Quinn... in 1912: "Hilaire Belloc saw Obama coming" — Wards of the State.
Labels: America the Beautiful, Central Asia, Drink, Leviathan, Paleoconservatism, Paleolibertarianism, Persia, Republic Not Empire, Tyranny, War and Rumors of War