A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm by David Wurmser 1996

[Having recently received a 404 error at the IASPS site's version of this piece, I figured it better be saved from the Google cache before it's gone forever. -Scott] Companion piece "Coping With Crumbling States" here. Following is a report prepared by The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies' "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000." The main substantive ideas in this paper emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle, James...

Coping with Crumbling States: A Western and Israeli Balance of Power Strategy for the Levant by David Wurmser 1996

[Having recently received a 404 error at the IASPS site's version of this piece, I figured it better be saved from the Google cache before it's gone forever. -Scott] Companion piece "A Clean Break" is here. For related reading: "Ultimate 'peace process' prize," by Robert J. Loewenberg, The Washington Times, October 13, 1996 "Just as Saddam's Power is Under Assault," by David Wurmser, The Wall Street Journal - Europe, September 11, 1996 "Balance of Power," by Richard Perle, The Wall Street...

US: Lockheed Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

by Richard Cummings, Playboy.com January 16th, 2007 In November of 2002, Stephen J. Hadley, deputy national security advisor, asked Bruce Jackson to meet with him in the White House. They met in Hadley's office on the ground floor of the West Wing, not far from the offices of Vice President Dick Cheney and then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Hadley had an exterior office with windows, an overt indicator of his importance within the West Wing hierarchy. This was months before...

Our Enemy, the State by Albert Jay Nock 1935

 If we look beneath the surface of our public affairs, we can discern one fundamental fact, namely: a great redistribution of power between society and the State. This is the fact that interests the student of civilization. He has only a secondary or derived interest in matters like price-fixing, wage-fixing, inflation, political banking, 'agricultural adjustment,' and similar items of State policy that fill the pages of newspapers and the mouths of publicists and politicians. All these can...

War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler 1935

CHAPTER ONE War Is A Racket War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the...

War is the Health of the State by Randolph Bourne 1918

To most Americans of the classes which consider themselves significant the war [World War I] brought a sense of the sanctity of the State which, if they had had time to think about it, would have seemed a sudden and surprising alteration in their habits of thought. In times of peace, we usually ignore the State in favour of partisan political controversies, or personal struggles for office, or the pursuit of party policies. It is the Government rather than the State with which the politically...

Rise of Empire by Garet Garrett 1952

Part One THE ANCIENT DESIGN I We have crossed the boundary that lies between Republic and Empire. If you ask when, the answer is that you cannot make a single stroke between day and night; the precise moment does not matter. There was no painted sign to say: 'You are now entering Imperium.' Yet it was a very old road and the voice of history was saying: 'Whether you know it or not, the act of crossing may be irreversible.' And now, not far ahead, is a sign that reads: 'No U-turns.' If you say...

The Revolution Was by Garet Garrett 1936

There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom. There are those who have never ceased to say very earnestly, "Something is going to happen to the American form of government if we don't watch out." These were the innocent disarmers. Their trust was in words. They had forgotten their Aristotle....

Daniel Ellsberg Secrets Chapter 1 The Tonkin Gulf: August 1964

Chapter 1. The Tonkin Gulf: August 1964 Ellsberg, Daniel. Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. Penguin, 2003. On Tuesday morning, August 4, 1964, my first full day on my new job in the Pentagon, a courier came into the outer office with an urgent cable for my boss. He'd been running. The secretaries told him Assistant Secretary John McNaughton was out of the office; he was down the hall with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. They pointed him to me, his new special...

Thomas Jefferson First Inaugural Address March 4, 1801

Friends and fellow citizens, Called upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been pleased to look toward me, to declare a sincere consciousness that the task is above my talents, and that I approach it with those anxious and awful presentiments which the greatness of the charge and the weakness of my...

James Madison: The Most Dreaded Enemy of Liberty April 20, 1795

Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds,...

Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

Friends and Citizens: The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the...

John Quincy Adams on U.S. Foreign Policy 1821

And now, friends and countrymen, if the wise and learned philosophers of the elder world, the first observers of nutation and aberration, the discoverers of maddening ether and invisible planets, the inventors of Congreve rockets and Shrapnel shells, should find their hearts disposed to enquire what has America done for the benefit of mankind? Let our answer be this: America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights...

On Conscription by Daniel Webster 1814

The House had under consideration a bill proposing to draft men for service in the War of 1812. MR. Webster: Mr. Chairman: After the best reflection which I have been able to bestow on the subject of the bill before you, I am of the opinion that its principles are not warranted by any provision of the constitution. It appears to me to partake of the nature of those other propositions for military measures, which this session, so fertile in invention, has produced. It is of the same class with...

US plots to arm Syrian rebels with Muammar Gaddafi leftovers

The Australian The Times UK US plots to arm Syrian rebels with Muammar Gaddafi leftovers THE US is launching a covert operation to send weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time as it ramps up military efforts to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles will be sent through friendly Middle Eastern countries already supplying the rebels, according to well-placed diplomatic sources. The US has bought weapons from the stockpiles of Libya's former...

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