Weekend reading: Links & comments 10/30/2015

The Midwife to Chaos and Her Perjury by Andrew Napolitano for The Unz Review.

Republican attacks on President Obama and the Clintons generally amount to straining at gnats while swallowing camels.  The House Benghazi Committee’s questioning of Hillary Clinton fits this pattern.

She was questioned for 10 hours, nearly continuously, for her alleged neglect of security leading to the murder of an American diplomat in Benghazi, Libya.  But nobody asked her about why she instigated a war against a country that did not threaten the United States, throwing innocent people leading normal lives into bloody anarchy.

And incidentally providing a new recruiting ground for terrorists..

The 6 Reasons China and Russia Are Catching Up to the U.S. Military on Washington’s Blog.

China Sea Blues: A Thing Not to Do by Fred Reed for Fred on Everything.

Just because the United States has the world’s largest and most expensive military doesn’t mean we have the world’s best military.  We Americans are complacent because of our wealth, and because we have not faced a serious threat to our existence in 70 years.

Our leaders think we can afford to waste money on high-tech weapons that don’t work, and military interventions that aren’t vital to American security.  Other nations, which have less margin of safety and would be fighting near their own borders, may be a match for us.

FBI Accused of Torturing U.S. Citizen Abroad Can’t Be Sued by Christian Farias for The Huffington Post.

Nowadays the Constitution stops where national security and foreign policy begin.

The Oligarch Recovery – U.S. Military Veterans Are Selling Their Pensions in Order to Pay the Bills by Michael Krieger for Liberty Blitzkrieg.

The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party’s Right to Be Wary by Michael Winslip and Bill Moyers for Truthout.

Why Donald? Why Bernie? by Zoltan Zigedy for ZZ’s Blog (Hat tip to Bill Harvey)

Rogue State: For 24th year, U.S. defies 99 percent of the world, voting against ending Cuba embargo by Ben Norton for Salon  (Hat tip to my expatriate friend Jack)

Inside the Red Web: Russia’s backdoor to the Internet by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan for The Guardian.

Too Weak, Too Strong: Russia in Syria by Patrick Cockburn for The London Review of Books.

Iran returns to ‘Vienna Talks’ – as peacemaker by M.K. Bradrakumar for Asia Times.

Greenland Is Melting Away by Coral Davenport, Josh Haner, Larry Buchanan and Derek Watkins for The New York Times.

An Interview With Bill Gates on the Future of Energy for The Atlantic.  (Hat tips to peteybee and my expatriate friend Jack).

How to detect lies with a storytelling technique by Mark Schenk for Anecdote.

What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived at Ellis Island by Ana Swanson for The Washington Post.  (Hat tip to my expatriate friend Jack)

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