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Don Quixote at West Point

A recent incident at West Point involving my wife and our little daughter has given us much to ponder.  The initial responses, and later silences, of the military authorities were both surprising and perplexing.  I became even more reflective and

When Incarnation Is Considered Idolatry
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When Incarnation Is Considered Idolatry

In his trenchant 1919 Introduction to Scott Montcrieff’s translation of The Song of Roland, G.K. Chesterton was especially stirred by the Old French epic poem’s final stanza, after “Charlemagne the Christian emperor” had already victoriously fought on the Spanish

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Nation-Building and the U.S. Military

America’s Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq is the title of a 240-page strategic and historical study released in July 2003, four months after we invaded Iraq, by the RAND Corporation, an influential national-security institute that originally conducted special

America’s Unthinking Military
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America’s Unthinking Military

It was in the autumn of 1960, after our Plebe Summer and the test of “Beast Barracks,” that I first heard about the revisions that the West Point academic curriculum had recently undergone, which would be experimentally applied to our

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Knowing What We Don’t Know

Before publishing his essay “The Lonely Superpower” (Foreign Affairs, 1999), Samuel Huntington had spoken more candidly in an address to the American Enterprise Institute in May 1998.  On that occasion, he had identified himself as an old-fashioned Burkean

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Revolution and Natural Law

To what extent (if at all) does natural law entail religious liberty? To put it another way, is religious liberty a natural right? An attempt to answer this question should elucidate the long and sometimes equivocal tradition of natural law.