Articles by Dale Franks

Ignore the Critics

The last time America fought a complicated war of global reach on multiple fronts was during World War II. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was faced with a very different political opposition than the current president. Opinion was divided between "doves" who... Read More

International Show Trials

Those who wonder why the US would be reluctant to place itself under the jurisdiction of the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC) need look no further than the activities of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ is... Read More

No Permanent Friends

Over the past several months, many critics of the Bush administration have blamed it for the loss of our allies in the War on Terror. The accusation is that the Bush Administration has squandered the goodwill of the immediate... Read More

As California Goes...

Residents of Southern California have been inconvenienced for the past several days by two separate labor union strikes. A strike by the mechanics of Los Angeles' Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) have left half a million commuters scrambling to find alternate.. Read More

Waldos of Mass Destruction

Less than two months after the conclusion of the war in Iraq, President Bush's critics have begun complaining loudly about the lack of results from the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) there. Many of Bush's critics argued before... Read More

Chirac's Folly

In her book The March of Folly, historian Barbara Tuchman defined "folly" as the knowing pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives. By that definition, it is difficult to describe... Read More

Everyone's a Critic

The media blather about the "unexpected setbacks" to the coalition's war plan has blown up into full-scale criticism of the plan. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has decried its "incoherence". Twice-disgraced television reporter Peter Arnett called it a "fail Read More

Operation 'Setbacks'?

In their coverage of the current military campaign against Iraq, the media seems to have given in to the impulse to endow every event with some sort of transcendent significance. The minor Iraqi attacks of the last few days have... Read More

On Our Own

President Bush took the advice of his critics. Rather than acting "unilaterally", he took his case against Iraq to the United Nations, and emerged with a new UN Security Council resolution, 1441, which led to the return of UN Weapons... Read More

HARM's Way

Air Force General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he's planning for a short war. "And the best way to do that," he says, "is to have such a shock on the system that the Iraqi... Read More

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