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.
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Did the Moon Landing Have Meaning?

On July 20, 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong left Apollo 11, stepped on the surface of the moon, and told the world that he was making history. His first step, he declared, was “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” But what was the “giant” leap? Was the moon landing a singular…

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To Lose a Country

As the title notes, countries can be “lost,” but, in this context, what does “lost” mean? Where are the examples? One meaning, certainly, is the ultimate purpose of all national security policies and goals, i.e. to survive.

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Us or Them? Inside vs. Outside Threats

Throughout history, countries have come and gone, some by their own hand, some by others. There is no other way, either suicide or murder. In the final analysis, this issue hovers over any and all discussion and debate on the future. National Security is just that: “national” and not partial or selective.

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What Happened to World Order?

In August 1990, President George H. W. Bush promised a “New World Order” in his address to the UN General Assembly. Bush was seeking international support in his run-up to the invasion of Iraq. He got his support, but world order was soon lost in the shuffle. 

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Erasing History

America has long been known as “ahistorical” (indifferent), but it also has demonstrated signs of being deliberately “anti-historical” (opposed).

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The Democratic Peace II: War with Spain

A previous essay tried to demonstrate the Mexican-American War as a contradiction to the assumptions and assertions of the “Democratic Peace” theory. This one will extend the point to the U.S. war against Spain, 1898 (“Spanish-American War”).

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