Doug Bandow

Obama Administration Should Keep U.S. Out Of Iraq’s Revived Killfest

A decade ago America foolishly blew up one of the most important countries in the Middle East.  The Middle East appears to be a tragedy permanently set on repeat.  That is a reason for America to stay out, not jump in.

America Should Stop Trying To Fix Iraq, Syria, And Everywhere Else

Much of the Muslim world  is aflame and U.S. policy bears much of the blame.  Washington’s relentless attempt to reorder and reshape complex peoples, distant places, and volatile disputes has backfired spectacularly.

When Ideologues Use Government to Punish Ivory Owners Rather Than To Save Elephants

To fight poaching the Obama administration could fight poaching.  That is, target those illegally killing elephants and selling illicit ivory. Instead, the Obama administration has decided to play politics.  That is, penalize those trading in legal older ivory.

Memorial Day Is A Reminder That War is Foolish

Memorial Day was originally conceived as a day to memorialize the horror and cost of the American Civil War, our country's most costly war, but that purpose is all too often lost in shallow celebrations that equate militarism with patriotism.

Will Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi Be Prime Minister of All Indians?

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a stunning political victory in India's recent national elections. Unfortunately,India’s new prime minister, was implicated in one of the worst religious riots to occur in India's supposedly secular republic.

Nigerians, Not Washington, Must End Terrorism in Nigeria

Only Nigerians can find a way to simultaneously defeat a terrorist organization which kills more indiscriminately than al-Qaeda and reform a political system which seems to guarantee failure.

Close the Export-Import Bank, Fount of Corporate Welfare

The ExIm Bank is corporate welfare at its worst. Boeing alone typically accounts for more than 40 percent of the Bank’s credit activities.  Corporate behemoths General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Dow Chemical, Bechtel, John Deere, and Caterpillar regularly join Boeing at the federal trough.

The Whistleblower Vs. Robert Mugabe and the UN

This case has brought to light not only managerial ineptitude and highhanded conduct but also bad faith from the top management of OCHA, a UN humanitarian organization.

Nigerian People Must Liberate Their Land, End Political Failure, Open Greater Economic Potential

Orji Uzor Kalu, a potential presidential candidate in Nigeria says “The more the economy goes out of government to the private sector the better it will be for the economy” and to release the country's vast economic potential he “would like to see small government and big enterprise.”

Obama Administration Turns Antique Collectors And Dealers Into Criminals

In typical Obama fashion the administration is overstepping its authority and common sense in pursuit of a radical agenda to ban the sale or possession of ivory objects, even if acquired legally decades before current treaties went into effect.

Offer Free Trade, Not Foreign Aid to Egypt

Absent an inclusive political process, Egypt likely faces an unstable and violent future.  However, economic reform also is necessary.  That is unlikely to come from lectures and money from foreign governments, including the USA.

Germany Lurches Left: Politicians Sacrifice German Liberty and Germany’s Future

Europe’s largest economy “is running out of puff” with slow labor productivity, falling investment, and minimal reforms since the start of the Euro crisis in large measure because, “Merkel and company parceled out other people’s money with a friendly smile.”

Jaw-Jaw Versus War-War: Negotiating a Way Out of the North Korea Impasse

Today Washington policymakers are fixated on negotiations with Iran. While the ultimate success of negotiations remain in doubt, a more stable peace at least appears possible. Not so on the Korean peninsula. 

War is Stupid: Remembering Armistice Day Before Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a reminder of the terrible cost of war, not a celebration of militarism.

Americans’ Liberty Matters More than Washington’s Credibility

For two weeks most Americans didn’t notice that the federal government had closed. While other nations may complain that the shutdown undercut America’s position as a great power, we Americans must debate how best to preserve a vibrant market economy and responsive political democracy here in America despite the criticism of foreign governments.

Time to Tell Saudi Arabia to Pound Sand

American policy should be designed to serve the interests of Americans. Alliances should be a means to advance U.S. security, not a measure of international popularity a bit like accumulating “friends” on Facebook.

Three Cheers for the Rule of Law: Holding Deadbeat Debtor Argentina to Account

The only consistent protection against rapacious politicians is the rule of law.  In most Third World countries governments loot and plunder without limit.  Constitutional and legal rules set Western industrialized nations apart.

The World is Entering a Devastating Chocolate Crisis

While Washington is focused on the ObamaCare and debt ceiling battles Doug Bandow reminds us that even life's simple pleasures can also get very complicated in a global economy.

Democratic Failure in the Czech Republic? The Communist Party Revives

Analysts disagree over whether President Zeman is merely pushing the outer bounds of constitutional interpretation or actually breaking the rules.  However, the public appears less concerned about the latter’s political maneuvers. Sound familiar to Americans?