Tag: terrorism

Bush's Decisions

Over Christmas, I took the opportunity to read former President Bush’s new book Decision Points. I did so for two reasons: first, I really wanted to “hear” what he had to say; second, as an American historian, I need to be up to speed on how this former president defends his actions. Let me begin with what I consider to be its strengths. The first strength is Bush’s informal writing style. You get the impression this is exactly how he… Read more »

Unreasonable Searches

Last week, I was busy writing about the potential Republican presidential candidates, and I felt like I should stay on topic throughout the week, even though a storm was brewing in another policy area—airport security. I’ve deliberately withheld comment until now, reading as much as I could on the subject, both pro and con. My conclusion is that we are so far off-base in our attempt to be secure against terrorism that we have begun to look ridiculous. More than that,… Read more »

A 9/11 Remembrance and Reflection

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, I was on my way to Patrick Henry College where I was a professor of history. Before arriving at the college, I stopped at a gas station. One of the other customers came up to me and informed me in a rather vague way that a plane had hit a building in New York City. I have to admit that didn’t sound all that bad to me—I assumed it was a small plane, I… Read more »

Needed: Backbone

I know we are a nation of religious liberty. That means the government cannot tell any of us how to worship. I not only accept that, but I believe it’s the best way to handle this issue. Biblically, civil government has no authority to tell us what to think or believe. This is the proper understanding of “separation of church and state” [words that come from a Jefferson letter and not found in the Constitution, by the way]. But just… Read more »

Immigration, Terror, & the Coming Elections

The primary reason for civil government is to protect the people of a nation. That’s one reason why the illegal immigration issue is so important. Yet what is our president doing about it? It’s almost as if he wears blinders. Well, he does actually—they’re the result of his ideology. There’s also the threat from Iran, which, during the campaign, candidate Obama called a “tiny” nation that we shouldn’t worry about. Isn’t it time he started worrying? If he does, he… Read more »