Saturday, January 26, 2008

Some Links

Pastor Chuck Baldwin, one of my faves, on "The Man Behind the Curtain."

Here is an interview with Ron Paul about his faith. One caveat: I think Paul misunderstands the idea of theocracy. Theocracy is not the rule of men by other men, or institutions, but the rule of self-governing Christian men, women and families under the authority of God's word. In a true theocracy, both state and church are limited to their biblical roles and most normal functions of social life are provided by decentralized agencies and families. As I wrote, "Theocracy is the re-establishment of self-government under God, with the family as the central governing institution rather than the distant imperial regime." But true theocracy also limits the institutional church, though not the power and authority of the kingdom of God.

I haven't read this book, but evidently Albert Mohler is calling on Christian parents to think about an exit strategy from the public schools. I'm not sure if the book merely rehashes this earlier essay. In any case, good for Mohler! One wonders if other evangelicals and leaders in the Christian community will follow. By the way, here is a good post by Backwater Report fellow-traveler Bret McAtee on public schools, along with some fine book recommendations at the end. To pastor McAtee's list I would add Intellectual Schizophrenia.

Here are essays by Paul Craig Roberts and William Grigg about preemptive nuclear war. Showing how hard it is to be a satirist in the Bush Era, Grigg quotes from "Get Smart":

99: Oh, Max -- what a terrible weapon of destruction.

Max: Yes. You know, China, Russia, and France should outlaw all nuclear weapons. We should insist upon it.

99: What if they don't Max?

Max: Then we may have to blast them. It's the only way to keep peace in the world.

Not content with the blizzard of propaganda that led us into the Iraqi briar patch, an unrepentant Rummy is calling for a "21st century agency for global communications." Call it the MINISTRY OF TRUTH for our brave new world.

Strange that John Whitehead has to publish at, of all places, The Huffington Post. But here
he wonders if you or I might soon be called a "homegrown terrorist."

Finally, a piece of serious commentary I've read about "the surge" and naturally it comes courtesy of Andrew Bacevich, whose Marine son died last year in Iraq:

In reality, the war's effects are precisely the inverse of those that Bush and his lieutenants expected. Baghdad has become a strategic cul-de-sac. Only the truly blinkered will imagine at this late date that Iraq has shown the United States to be the "stronger horse." In fact, the war has revealed the very real limits of U.S. power. And for good measure, it has boosted anti-Americanism to record levels, recruited untold numbers of new jihadists, enhanced the standing of adversaries such as Iran and diverted resources and attention from Afghanistan, a theater of war far more directly relevant to the threat posed by al-Qaeda. Instead of draining the jihadist swamp, the Iraq war is continuously replenishing it.

Look beyond the spin, the wishful thinking, the intellectual bullying and the myth-making. The real legacy of the surge is that it will enable Bush to bequeath the Iraq war to his successor -- no doubt cause for celebration at AEI, although perhaps less so for the families of U.S. troops. Yet the stubborn insistence that the war must continue also ensures that Bush's successor will, upon taking office, discover that the post-9/11 United States is strategically adrift. Washington no longer has a coherent approach to dealing with Islamic radicalism.

Fred Reed writes things that few will.

Lawrence Auster has some interesting thoughts about what an Obama presidency would yield.

Derbyshire says that Ron Paul is making libertarianism irrelevant.

Huck thinks those missing WMDs are in Jordan.

Paul Craig Roberts laments that the American legal system is increasingly constructed on a Benthamite foundation.

Buchanan on McCain (yawn!!): "The three issues that ruined the Bush presidency are this misbegotten war in Iraq, the failure to secure America's borders from invasion and a mindless trade policy that has destroyed the dollar and left foreigners with $5 trillion to buy up America at fire-sale prices. McCain remains an unthinking advocate of all three...The question conservatives may face if McCain is nominated is not whom should I vote for—but should I vote."


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