In Support of Perpetual War

What is the longest war America has ever fought? After splashy headlines in recent months, many would now answer the Afghanistan War. In a way, that answer is correct. But most people would probably date the start of the war to October 7, 2001, when Operation Enduring Freedom officially launched; or maybe September 26, 2001, when CIA teams entered Afghanistan to prepare for the invasion; or maybe September 11, 2001, when 19 terrorists launched the deadliest attack on American soil since the Civil War, murdering approximately 3,000 innocent people.

Some might instead date the start of the war to when Osama bin Laden announced a declaration of war against the United States in 1996. Others to the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. Still others might point to al Qaeda’s first attempted attack on Americans in 1992.
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Honor the Fallen

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. The holiday that grew out of a Civil War veterans organization’s commitment to honor their fallen comrades. Initially called “Decoration Day,” Union veterans picked May 30 to place flowers on the graves of soldiers in a somber ceremony. This continued for over a century until Congress declared Memorial Day an official holiday to take place on the last Monday of May.

Like many holidays, Memorial Day has lost some of its meaning to the general public. It is widely regarded as the unofficial start to summer, with greetings such as “happy Memorial Day” that are a bit incongruous with the solemnity of the occasion. This, in turn, has led to some dedicated people (often veterans) who scold those who forget the seriousness of the day.

I propose a middle ground. Enjoy your day off. Have friends over for a BBQ. Spend some time outside in the nice weather and look forward to the summer. But at some point during your long weekend, take a moment to remember the 33 Americans who, since the last Memorial Day, have sacrificed their lives for our way of life.

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The Best Defense

The Manchester Arena seats 21,000 people and is home to sporting events, concerts, and other spectacles that gather large amounts of people into an enclosed space. As such, it has defensive security measures in place including guards and metal detectors. To defeat these precautions, a 22 year old suicide bomber who was known to the British security services simply waited outside the arena where he managed to murder 22 innocent people and maim dozens more.

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MSNBC Goes Off the Deep End with Russian Conspiracy Theory

In 2003, Megan McArdle coined the axiom known as Jane’s Law. It reads: “The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.” I am not sure Republicans are united enough to be smug and arrogant, but some Democrats are working hard to live up to their side of Jane’s Law.

On his show Friday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell suggested that perhaps Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to drop poison gas on his own people. Why? Stay with me here – he argues Putin ordered Assad to gas his own people so that Trump could bomb Syria to distract from the investigation that would prove Trump is also a puppet of Putin. Yes, he suggested that Putin “conspired to kill people as a way of helping the image of the President of the United States.” That’s bat guano crazy.

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When Partisanship Destroys Your Soul

Last night, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress. These events are usually filled with a certain amount of theater. Much of the night is spent with congressmen from the president’s party regularly interrupting the speech with applause while members of the opposition sit silently. But there are always moments of national unity when everyone cheers. Last night, several congressional democrats broke with that tradition in a disgusting way.

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Trump Slanders American Soldiers

Conservatives have rightly denounced a long history of liberals excusing dictators and their atrocities by claiming America is no better. In 1971, future US Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry claimed American soldiers were ravaging South Vietnam “in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.” In the last decade it has become fashionable for some of the more extreme elements on the left to compare Republicans to the Taliban, because both say religion is important. The wanton, indiscriminate murder on the part of terrorist groups is excused because American soldiers accidentally kill some civilians in unfortunate accidents.

Sadly, this kind of moral relativism is far from over. So, who is the liberal currently defending dictators by condemning America? Donald Trump.

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Iraqi Interpreters Served America – Let Them In

On my second tour in Iraq, one of our Iraqi interpreters (we’ll call him Jim) told me an astounding story. Jim had recently gone home for a week of vacation only to discover his job was not as secret as he thought. A group of men had approached his little brother outside of school and said they knew Jim was working for the Americans, and if he did not quit they would kill Jim.
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Obama Releases a Traitor


I try to maintain a certain level of decorum here at Explanatory Conservatism, but after I heard that President Obama had commuted Bradley Manning’s sentence, the only thing I could think for about an hour was “WTF?”. Seriously, WTF?
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American Patriotism

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry S Truman


In college, my favorite professor was Prof. Mitchell. So much so that I took three different classes with her. Like most college professors, she is a liberal and opposed the Iraq War. But she never tried to impose her views on the class. In fact, she would make a point of calling on me so that the class would hear conservative ideas. This is not relevant to the topic at hand, but I feel obliged to make it clear I am not attacking her in any way.

Like I said, I took three classes with Prof. Mitchell on three different subjects. But in all three classes, she brought up a poem by Wilfred Owen. The poem ends with what Owen calls “The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori.” Translation: it is a lie that “it is sweet and right to die for one’s country.”

I thought about that poem a few years later as I prepared for my first tour in Iraq. It is a strange thing for a healthy 24 year old to contemplate his own mortality. But in doing so, I fortified my belief that it is not a lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori.
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