Montel Williams and #FreeAmirNow


220px-Amir_Mirza_Hekmati_USMC[1]Amir Hekmati is a former United States Marine, who has been held by Iran since August 2011. Hekmati, born in Flagstaff, Arizona, was captured while visiting his grandmother in Iran. Tehran has accused him of being a spy.

According to an extensive piece by Al Jazeera America:

On Aug. 29, 2011, 28-year-old Amir Hekmati was getting ready to go to a feast to celebrate the end of Ramadan with his extended family in Tehran.

An Intemperate Proposal Regarding Titles


In The Conservatarian Manifesto — which I finished last night and, as The Daily Shot might put it, heartily recommend — Charles C. W. Cooke writes:

By custom, we allow politicians to retain their titles for life. Throughout the 2012 election, Mitt Romney was referred to as “Governor Romney,” when in fact he had not been in public office for six years. One can only ask, “Why?” America being a nation of laws and not men, political power is not held in perpetuity, and there is supposed to be no permanent political class. Americans do not have rulers, they have employees— men and women who can be hired and fired at will and who remain subordinate both to the highest law in the land and to the popular will that it reifies. It is wholly proper for individuals to adopt titles when they have been hired by the people. But it is utterly preposterous for those individuals to retain those titles when their commission has come to an end. To my leveling tastes, even titles such as “Doctor” and “Professor” should be limited to the workplace. But at least those honorifics denote a permanent achievement or skill set. “Governor” is, by definition, a temporary responsibility. A citizen maintaining it after he has left office makes about as much sense as a retired CEO insisting that he be referred to as “Chief Executive” after he has left his post.

Do You Ever See Libya in the News?



My news and social media filters are ensure I see news from Libya. I click on stories about Libya, so I’m served up news from Libya. But usually the stories come from British or European news agencies, not American ones. For example, I just checked Google news under the obvious search term (Libya), and found the following items. The first ran yesterday in the New York Times’ blog section:

After Horror in Libya, Christians’ Grief in an Egyptian Village

Why Can’t America Win a War Anymore?


I recently read an interesting column by James Fallows in The Atlantic on “Why the Best Soldiers in the World Can’t Win.” (Yes, I know all the caveats that have to be attached to any members of the Carter Administration’s foreign policy team.) His thesis is that they can’t win because the US is a chickenhawk nation that supposedly supports its troops but can’t do the hard work of actually understanding what they do and how–“reverent but disengaged”– is how he terms it). His bases this thesis on three arguments:

1.  The American public greatly admires the military, but very few serve in uniform anymore, causing complacency. This leads to underestimating the difficulty of foreign engagements.  Likewise, this insulates the military leadership from public accountability.

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I just read an excellent article by David Archibald over on American Thinker. I’ve read articles on the A-10 and commented on them before coming to Ricochet (on Disqus).  While I don’t understand all the military jargon, I’m hoping there are many here who would appreciate this article on the F-35. Maybe you could decrypt some […]

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