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.
One of the best evidences of the horrors of war, especially to the innocent, are the photos of bombed out cities after the Second World War. The destruction of once-magnificent architectural marvels such as Berlin, Tokyo, Coventry, plus the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, gives testimony to mankind’s lasting capacity for horror on scales…Read More ›
Thus far, the bulk of attention in the twenty-first century on U.S. foreign policy has been the so-called “War on Terror” that began with the opening strike in 2001. Although few believe that American existence is at stake, the violence, death-toll, and societal disruption have made a lasting impression.Read More ›
The answer to the first question is easy: of course. The U.S. could easily have avoided the war, if it chose to. That brings up the second question: why did the U.S. choose to enter the war, and did it matter? This is somewhat more complicated.Read More ›
At the end of his long-running talk show, the late John McLaughlin would ask the panel for “predictions.” They would then offer insights on the latest political gossip regarding personalities or upcoming events. Often they were wrong, but nobody kept score; it was entertainment.Read More ›
The Civil War, America’s worst experience, was caused by people, as are all wars. But which ones? The title of this essay implies that either certain people or their institutions caused this calamity. Who or what? Thus, the ultimate causation was “nature,” either human or human-created.Read More ›
When I ask my History class this question for the first time, certain answers dominate.Read More ›