A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory

A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory. Taking into account the varying opinions of the Neo-Scholastic authorities on several points, the following precisions of doctrine may now be made: 1. The right of war is odious. That this right exists in certain circumstances cannot be denied; but it is a regrettable necessity, and … Continue reading A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory

A Summary of St. Augustine’s Doctrine on Just War Theory

A summary of St. Augustine’s doctrine on Just War: A. There is a greater merit in preventing war by peaceful negotiation and conciliation than in vindicating rights by bloodshed. B. Peace attained by conciliation is better than peace attained by victory. C. There is a natural society of mankind which gives rise to certain rights … Continue reading A Summary of St. Augustine’s Doctrine on Just War Theory

Whose War in Syria?

In 2003, Pat Buchanan wrote a seminal article identifying the modus operandi of neoconservatives that had taken over the Republican Party. By doing so Buchanan recognized in great detail the aim of neoconservative foreign policy to use America’s military power to fight wars all over the globe that have nothing to do with the defense … Continue reading Whose War in Syria?

The Neocon Policy Coup

“Why did the George W. Bush administration choose to invade Iraq in 2003? For our purposes, drilling down on this question is essential for two reasons. First, doing so situates the Third Gulf War of 2003-2011 within the larger context of America’s War for the greater Middle East. Second, appreciating what Bush actually meant to … Continue reading The Neocon Policy Coup

The Left, Right, & Russia

It is incredibly difficult to keep track of the ever-shifting political narratives making their way through the mainstream media pipeline. The always eager, ratings motivated, controversy peddlers spin stories that ebb and flow in accordance to the dictates of power politics, while the American people cannot wait to get their next fix. Indeed, the stories … Continue reading The Left, Right, & Russia

Neocon William Kristol: Replace White Working Class With New Americans

William Kristol is the chief architect of the 3rd generation neoconservative political ideology. His vision for America is to embody what his publication, The Weekly Standard, has called a "benevolent empire." What this amounts to is a global, unilateral American military hegemony. Wherever there is conflict or instability, the American military ought to be utilize … Continue reading Neocon William Kristol: Replace White Working Class With New Americans

Andrew Bacevich on the Secularization of U.S. Foreign Policy

These two paragraphs from Andrew Bacevich's book, America's War for the Greater Middle East, expose a very difficult truth the U.S. needs to take seriously. Bacevich says, "But among those paid to think about strategy, soldiers and civilians alike, history and religion counted for little. In the wake of World War II, in large part … Continue reading Andrew Bacevich on the Secularization of U.S. Foreign Policy

Moral Theology and Just War Theory

- This passage is taken from the Handbook of Moral Theology by Dominic M. Prummer O.P. -  4. War 280. Definition. War is an armed conflict between two opposing armies.It therefore differs from a duel, a quarrel, or an insurrection. War is either offensive when it is fought to obtain satisfaction for injury, or defensive when it is intended as … Continue reading Moral Theology and Just War Theory

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates – “On War”

This passage is taken from the section of Robert Gates's memoir titled, "On War": "Usually we don't get to choose and almost never accurately predict the kind of war we will fight next. I am always amused when I hear a senior military officer or a politician declare that we will never fight certain kinds … Continue reading Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates – “On War”