Publications by Mackubin Thomas Owens

Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick "The Vietnam War" Misses its Target

Publication Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Watching the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick PBS series on the Vietnam War put me in mind of a memorable essay that Jim Webb-Vietnam war hero, novelist, secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, and most recently Democratic senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia-penned for the American Enterprise Institute seventeen years ago. In this remarkable piece, he called into question the popular idea of a "Vietnam generation."  {read more}

The powerful generals under President Trump

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump slammed the leadership of the U.S. military, claiming that "the generals under Barack Obama have not been successful. Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble, reduced to a point where it is embarrassing for our country." He implied that, as president, he would replace Obama's military leadership with generals and admirals who would not subordinate military effectiveness to "political correctness."  {read more}

In Defense of the West

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Donald Trump recently delivered one of the better speeches of his young presidency in Warsaw, where he called on the West "to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization."  {read more}

Thinking about a Korean war

Publication Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What's happening in Northeast Asia? Last week, the war drums were beating, the swords were rattling, the pundits were opining. Things have settled down, but the question remains: What are we to do with a North Korea that periodically raises tensions?  {read more}

H.R. McMaster and the Loneliness of the Patriot

Publication Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Internal conflicts are nothing new to the American presidency. Indeed, they date to the protracted, bitter clash between Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in George Washington's administration. Seventy years later, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase conspired with Radical Republicans in Congress to undermine President Abraham Lincoln's policies.  {read more}

Administrative state threatens freedom

Publication Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

For some time, the greatest threat to "we, the People" has been the administrative state, a perversion of constitutional self-government. Essentially a state within a state, it substitutes rulemaking by bureaucrats for legislation passed by elected representatives in accordance with the constitutional process.  {read more}

Islamism Isnít a Religion, Itís a Political System at War with Us

Publication Date: Monday, June 26, 2017

Last week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs convened a hearing on political Islam, also called "Islamism." The committee invited four witnesses: Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, Asra Q. Nomani, Michael E. Leiter, former director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and John Lenczowski, president of the Institute of World Politics. The hearing shines a bright light on the dysfunction that attends our treatment of the topic.  {read more}

Hard left drives Old Dixie down

Publication Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Americans once celebrated their history. But no more. Cultural Marxists and "social justice warriors" have succeeded in convincing a generation of American students that U.S. history is nothing but a record of racism and oppression. The recent campaign to remove Confederate monuments is only one battle in an ongoing culture war.  {read more}

Trump foreign policy melds principle, prudence, argues Mackubin Owens

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently addressed State Department employees concerning the relationship between U.S. interests and U.S. "values," leading some to accuse him of abandoning the U.S. commitment to human rights.  {read more}

How the US Army Came of Age

Publication Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In the early 20th century, the U.S. Army's 'Root reforms' transformed the service by institutionalizing professional military education and creating a general staff.  {read more}

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Total Records: 41