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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Time To Head For The Bunkers

    Any chance that the Alito nomination would be peaceful is pretty much over. Today’s Washington Times reports that Alito wrote in the 1980s that he believed that there is no right to abortion in the Constitution.

  2. Why solve the problem when you can fling the blame?

    Galen’s wondering why celebrities aren’t interested in raising money for obesity research:

    I think it’s because obesity is viewed as a personal moral failing

  3. No Blame for Designers

    Washingto Post fails to blame Congress for FEC weakness.

  4. USSC denies cert in challenge of Florida’s lifetime voting ban for felons

    Democrats and my local paper The Palm Beach Post have been pushing hard for repeal of these laws for the last few years. I’m so cynical that I feel the reason this is done is because the Dems feel these are a group guaranteed to vote for them. Does th…

  5. Peter Drucker dies at 95

    Anyone who has ever studied business, or business process, knows the name Peter Drucker.

    Peter Drucker, was the greatest management visionary of the modern age and coined such terms as “management by objective” and “knowledge workers,” died…

  6. phil says:

    On Veterans Day we gather (mentally, at least) to honor those among us who served in defense of our country. But in a larger sense, our thoughts and words provide faint honor; the brave men, living and dead, who fought on behalf of our country have honored themselves far beyond our poor power to add or detract.

    History shows that some wars are more noble than others. This fact is generally lost upon those fighting; their job is not to question the nobility of the cause but rather to do their duty. The fundamental nobility of the cause does nothing to add or detract from the nobility of the duty done and the sacrifices made by our soldiers. It is that duty and those sacrifices we honor today.

    Rather it is for the rest of us and for the historians to question the nobility of the cause for which we have sent our young people off to fight and die. After all, they are fighting for us, in our name, for our country. In that sense we, all of us, have sent them off to fight and die.
    The fact that our involvement in Viet Nam was immoral and in retrospect a colossal blunder both politically and militarily in no way devalues the service of those who fought and died there. Those soldiers were simply doing their job. The fundamental immorality of the cause however puts their deaths on the conscience of all of us (or at least those of us with a conscience).

    In like manner, history will show that our involvement in Iraq was based a preconceived plot hatched among the neocons in the White House, none of whom had actually served in the military themselves. It was a preconceived war looking for a cause, and though 9/11 had nothing to do with Iraq, it provided the people in the White House with the cause they needed. Through trumped up “intelligence” the Bush team justified going to war; who cares who else believed the incorrect justification for going into Iraq, the blood is on their hands too. The bottom line is that the plot was hatched inside the White House.

    Now 2065 of our young men and women have died over there, more die each week. Over 15,000 have been permanently disabled in the war. The result of the war thus far leads to the inevitable conclusion that the world is far less safe as a result of the operation.

    This is in no way to devalue the duty and sacrifice of our young people fighting in Iraq, we should honor them, and we must.

    But by simply mouthing empty words in praise of those fighting for us and waving our flags harder without understanding for whom they are fighting and why, we don’t honor them, we dishonor them. They fight for us, they fight in our name, and they fight for our country.

    The light of history will show that the war in Iraq was begun on false pretenses and was therefore fundamentally immoral. We will be forced to acknowledge that the blood of the dead is on the hands of those in the White House who hatched the plan and who sold it to their countrymen as a response to 9/11.

    By denying ourselves this fundamental truth we must acknowledge that we’re at fault too. Our freedoms extend…they MUST extend…to the right, duty and obligation of the citizens to hold accountable those who wage an immoral war in our names.

    These are our soldiers, living and dead. They fought for us. As our soldiers their blood is on our hands, their deaths and injuries on our conscience, all of us. Can you look yourself in the mirror and be certain that you have done right by them? Should they expect any less?

  7. Newdow Countersued: Suit Claims He Has Never Seen Money

    Renowned atheist and excessive free-time merchant Michael Newdow has said that he will ask a federal court to have the phrase In God We Trust removed from all U.S. currency because it violates the religious rights of the atheists who

  8. The Politics of War

    [ …. I do remember Dub saying we’d all have second homes in Iraq, on lake warm titty. And the Iraqis would become like our long lost brothers. Many even coming to L.A., and dominating the music industry (no less). Bush lied, the music died!]

  9. Dizzy Dean Meets the Press

    Dizzy Dean was on Meet the Press again Sunday (transcript here), and as usual, offered nothing more than spin, dissembling, and empty pablum in place of ideas or an agenda.

  10. New Jersey Needs A Slogan

    In October, I wrote about how New Jersey spent $260,000 to come up with the lamest slogan, ever. The slogan, “New Jersey: We Will Win You Over” did not sit well with me or acting governor Richard Codey.

  11. Alito Finds No Right to Abortion in Constitution

    Conservatives will cheer this news, even as Liberals will pull out their medieval political spin machine, with which they shall torture us with tirades and punish the sensibilities of the American people on this issue.

  12. Iowa Hawkeyes Are Going Soft

    Anyone that follows college football, especially the Big Ten, has known that the Iowa Hawkeyes painted the visiting team’s locker room pink sometime in the early 80’s. Coach Hayden Fry requested the change hoping to achieve a psychologica…

  13. McCain on torture

    (YAAAWWN….YAAAWWWWNNNNN) Surely I CAN’T be the only person getting tired of his being pandered to. More at Blogs for Bush (h/t Outside the Beltway trafic jam)…