John J. Tierney Jr. is a Professor Emeritus at IWP and Former Special Assistant and Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
With the end of world war and fascism erased from the globe, the United States followed its instincts and disarmed. Once war is over, peace begins, Americans thought, and there was nothing in between. With 16 million uniformed personnel by war’s end in 1945, only 1.5 million remained by 1947.Read More ›
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The next day, the U.S. declared war on Japan, and most men in the country lined up for city blocks on end to sign up for military duty against the Asian enemy. Literally overnight, America was on lockdown against Japan as never before and had no other…Read More ›
Democracies are obviously much more fragile than their opponents in holding coalitions together or in keeping their domestic house in order while fighting on distant fronts.Read More ›
There are several ways to critique Donald Trump’s recent call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States…” but “Un-American” has certainly summarized much of the emotional ire directed against his latest political bombshell.Read More ›
Nearly three quarters of a century later, the words “Pearl Harbor” still have a unique meaning to the American people. The image of the sunken USS Arizona, where half of the 2400 casualties remain, still conveys one of the country’s most lasting symbols. But what does the image symbolize, and why is it lasting?Read More ›
With the growth of ISIS, the recent Paris attacks, the threats to the American homeland, not to mention the racial unrest at home, plus practically everything else since September 11th, one could easily believe that the world has suddenly plunged into unprecedented chaos and violence.Read More ›