Ivan Eland

Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015
US Response to Syrian Civil War and Refugee Crisis Is Telling
The American response to the Syrian civil war and resulting refugee crisis should illustrate to all the unfortunate militarization of U.S. foreign policy. The nation's anti-militaristic founders -- who blanched at the militarism of European kings and thus refused, in the U.S. Constitution, even to...
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Monday, December 31, 2012
Bending to Military Contractors
The strength of the military-industrial complex (MIC) was made readily apparent by President Barack Obama’s latest proposal to House Speaker John Boehner to avoid the fiscal cliff. Other than raising taxes on rich Americans, Republicans have been most horrified by the fiscal cliff’s cuts in defense spending.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
The Risk of the ‘Cheap’ Libya Victory
NATO’s “victory” in Libya has sown many seeds of possible future calamity. But none is fraught with as much danger as providing a new “war on the cheap” model for Western nations that have fallen on hard economic times.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Has US Empire Benefited the World?
In a recent column , Thomas Friedman, probably the most influential “internationalist” — read: proponent of U.S. interventionism in faraway places — has finally discovered that the United States must soon turn inward and put domestic economic growth first because of its massive public debt, huge federal budget deficit, and looming fiscal crisis caused by a dramatic automatic escalation in entitlements spending.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Making Sense of Cheney's Madness
The seeming irrationality behind the George W. Bush administration’s “against the grain” (and the law) policies on torture, warrantless domestic surveillance, and now notification of Congress about CIA covert operations was not irrational at all. Most experts say that torture is counterproductive because the subject will tell the interrogator what he or she wants to hear to stop the pain and because many military people say that it merely revs up the opposition, gives them no incentive to surrender, and gives them every incentive to torture U.S. military personnel.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Bloated Empire and the Financial Crash
A few - and only a few - prescient commentators have questioned whether the U.S. can sustain its informal global empire in the wake of the most severe economic crisis since World War II. And the simultaneous quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan are leading more and more opinion leaders and taxpayers to this question. But the U.S. Empire helped cause the meltdown in the first place.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Erasing Red Ink: Slash the Defense Budget
A front page article in the New York Times starts out with the sentence: "The budget that President Obama proposed on Thursday is nothing less than an attempt to end a three-decade era of economic policy dominated by the ideas of Ronald Reagan and his supporters." Not so much.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
We Can No Longer Afford The Empire
Somebody is going to have to whisper in President-elect Obama's ear that the unipolar moment has passed and that the United States can no longer afford its informal worldwide empire. Even though the looming economic meltdown will likely be serious-and maybe even cataclysmic-the foreign policy chattering classes of both parties are on autopilot and have not yet abandoned their interventionist consensus. A rude awakening awaits. Even before the economic crisis hit, the United States was overextended abroad. One measure of that imperial overstretch was that the U.S.
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