Foreign Policy, National Security, & War

Archived items are listed in reverse order of publication date.

Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Double Cross: The True Story of The D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay

Interview with Boaz Arad on the Israeli Freedom Movement

Boaz Arad, a founder of and spokesman for the Israeli Freedom Movement, discusses the inception, activities, allies, and successes of the Israeli equivalent of the Tea Party movement.

The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis by Robert R. Reilly

The 7 Principles of Zionism: A Values-Based Approach to Israel Advocacy by Dan Illouz

Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism by Ann Coulter

Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958–1962 by Frank Dikötter

Drawings of Mohammed, in Defense of Human Life

9/11 Ten Years Later: The Fruits of the Philosophy of Self-Abnegation (accessible for free)

Examines the essence of this approach and what it’s delivered so far.

A Critique of Representative Paul Ryan's “Path to Prosperity”

Examines and grades various components of Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity,” which, although rejected in the Senate, is perhaps the best plan put forth by an elected official to date about how to deal with America’s financial crisis.

An Interview with John R. Bolton on the Proper Role of Government

An Interview with Governor Gary Johnson on What He Would Do as President

The Mastermind behind SEAL Team Six and the End of Osama bin Laden

Surveys the history and principles that have given rise to the breathtaking competence of U.S. special operations forces, and finds that one man is primarily responsible.

A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran by Reza Kahlili

Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe by Peter Godwin

The Iranian and Saudi Regimes Must Go

Identifies the clear and present danger posed by these regimes and presents a policy for their swift elimination.

Interview with Reza Kahlili, an Ex-CIA Spy Embedded in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (accessible for free)

Interview with Historian John David Lewis about U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East (accessible for free)

Iranium, directed by Alex Traiman

Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad by John Bolton

The Infidel: Chapter One by Bosch Fawstin

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre

Around the World: “The Communist War against the Philippines and Why It Rages On”

Reports on both the communists’ continuing efforts to enslave the Filipino people and the Philippine government’s communist-fueling policy of appeasement.

Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America by Anonymous

How Barack Obama is Endangering our National Sovereignty, by John R. Bolton

The Ground Zero Mosque, the Spread of Islam, and How America Should Deal with Such Efforts (accessible for free)

Considers the Ground Zero mosque, the spread of Islam in America, and how Americans and Westerners in general should deal with such efforts.

Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History, by John David Lewis

Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, by C. Bradley Thompson with Yaron Brook

Israel and America’s Flotilla Follies (and How To Avoid Them in the Future) (accessible for free)

Considers the essentials of the recent “peace activist” effort to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the pathetic nature of Israel and America’s responses to the assault, and the principles that should have governed their responses.

Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism, edited by Elan Journo

The Barbary Wars and Their Lesson for Combating Piracy Today

Examines the key events surrounding the Barbary Wars (two wars the United States fought in the early 19th century to end North African piracy), zeros in on the reasons why the First Barbary War failed to end the pirate attacks but the second succeeded, and draws from this remarkable and clarifying history a vital lesson for the United States today.

Islamic Imperialism: A History, by Efraim Karsh

The Israel Test, by George Gilder

Discusses the dismal state of American foreign policy and what should be done about it.

An Unwinnable War?

The introduction to the forthcoming book, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism, which is edited by Mr. Journo and includes essays by Yaron Brook, Elan Journo, and Alex Epstein.

Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative (accessible for free)

Analyzes the resounding Republican defeat and shows that the party faces a fundamental decision that will determine whether it orchestrates a comeback or stumbles into further defeat.

McBama vs. America (accessible for free)

Surveys the promises of John McCain and Barack Obama, shows that these intentions are at odds with the American ideal of individual rights, demonstrates that the cause of such political aims is a particular moral philosophy (shared by McCain and Obama), and calls for Americans to repudiate that morality and to embrace instead a morality that supports the American ideal.

Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions, by John Agresto

The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack, by Ronald Kessler

First into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War, by George Weller

Sun-tzu: Art of War, translated with an introduction and commentary by Ralph D. Sawyer

Immigration and Individual Rights (accessible for free)

Zeros in on the basic principle of America and demonstrates that this principle mandates a policy of open immigration, debunks several common arguments for prohibiting or limiting immigration, shows why all such arguments are necessarily invalid, and indicates what Americans must do if we are to reestablish and maintain the kind of moral, rights-respecting immigration policy that was advocated by the Founders.

“Gifts from Heaven”: The Meaning of the American Victory over Japan, 1945

Identifies the ideology of sacrifice behind the Japanese aggression that culminated in World War II; documents America’s recognition of this ideology as the fundamental cause of the Japanese assault on the West; explains how America targeted, dismantled, and discredited this ideology, replacing it with the ideas, values, and institutions necessary for the establishment of a free society; and defends America’s use of the atomic bomb as a profoundly moral way to end the war.

Neoconservative Foreign Policy: An Autopsy

Surveys the manifest failure of neoconservative foreign policy, which is alleged to be in America’s “national interest,” zeros in on the fundamental reason for that failure, and calls for the only moral and practical alternative to it: a foreign policy of genuine American self-interest.

“The Balm for a Guilty Conscience”: Moral Paralysis, Appeasement, and the Causes of World War II

Shows how altruism and egalitarianism—combined with guilt caused by these same factors in regard to World War I—led to British appeasement and compromise in the late 1930s, which, in turn, enabled the rise of Nazi Germany and necessitated World War II.

The “Forward Strategy” for Failure (accessible for free)

Examines the Bush administration’s so-called war strategy and shows that its manifest failure is a consequence not of good ideas poorly implemented, but of the morally corrupt ideas motivating the administration.

“No Substitute for Victory”: The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism (accessible for free)

Consults historical precedent to evaluate America’s response to the attacks of 9/11. Considering key historical attacks against America, along with her responses to those attacks, Lewis highlights the moral and practical issues involved, and draws vital lessons that Americans must grasp and apply in the current war—if we want to win it.

The Jihad on America

Elucidates the fundamental ideas behind, and the principal sponsors of, the Islamic assault on America by reference to the words and deeds of its adherents and supporters-words and deeds that westerners in general and Americans in particular must understand if we are to eliminate this anti-life movement before it eliminates more of us.

William Tecumseh Sherman and the Moral Impetus for Victory

Presents the essential history of Sherman's march, showing how Sherman developed and implemented his ideas that lead to the North's victory in the Civil War, and drawing the moral lessons we can learn from this great man about how to properly approach and quickly defeat enemies of freedom.

“Just War Theory” vs. American Self-Defense (accessible for free)

Presents the principles of “Just War Theory”—the disastrous, altruistic theory underlying and guiding the Bush administration’s so-called “War on Terrorism”—and contrasts them with the principles of a proper, egoistic approach to American self-defense.

Exposing Anti-Muslim “Conspiracies”

Surveys and identifies the fundamental cause of the widespread conspiracy theories that plague the Middle East and help convert millions of people into anti-Western lunatics.