Blasphemy for Me, But Not for Thee

Column: Do liberals actually believe in the right to offend?

Twelve killed in Paris. Islamic terrorists executed them in a military-style attack. Why? Because they worked for Charlie Hebdo—sort of the French Mad—which had published cartoons “insulting” to Islam. The murders demonstrated the threat, the reach, and the malignity of Islamism. So it was heartening, at the end of this demoralizing day, to see a consensus on the importance of free speech.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s American Century

Review: ‘Inherent Vice’

From left to right: Doc Sportello, Dirk Diggler, Lancaster Dodd, and Daniel PlainviewThere’s a snippet of dialogue toward the end of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, his ramshackle noir about a doper private investigator named Doc Sportello, which exemplifies the appeal that the novel must have held for director Paul Thomas Anderson.

U.S. to Shutter 15 European Bases Under Cost Cutting Plan

Troops cut as withdrawals made from Europe

An F-35B Lightning II makes the first vertical landing on a flight deck at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS WaspThe U.S. military is set to shutter 15 sites across Europe and reduce the number of active personnel stationed in these areas as the result of a wide-ranging restructuring that aims to consolidate some operations on the continent, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

Andrew Marshall and the End of the World

Review: Andrew Krepinevich and Barry Watts’ ‘The Last Warrior’ 

The struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union came to be known as the Cold War because of an essay that George Orwell wrote two months after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The piece had the folksy title, ‘You and the Atom Bomb,’ and outlined the thinking that would later condition 1984.