The Evolving Threat: Shifting Motivations

To understand the United States’ modern policies concerning terrorism, it is first necessary to understand the way terrorism itself has changed. In the decades before September 2001, terrorism was considered a tool of secular change; a violent means to a political end. However, beginning in the early 1990’s, we begin to see groups motivated by religion. Continue reading The Evolving Threat: Shifting Motivations

The Case for an Alexander Hamilton Monument

The Mall, and the entire District of Columbia, is packed with memorials to the men and women who have led, defended, and served the government there housed. From the calm, immortal distinction of the Lincoln Memorial to the oddly prominent positioning of the James Garfield statue, America’s history is preserved in marble, granite, and steel. However, there is one American who is missing from the landscape: Alexander Hamilton. I believe this should be remedied. Continue reading The Case for an Alexander Hamilton Monument

The Evolving Threat: Introduction

Americans born in this century have never lived in a world where the threat of global non-state terrorism has not been at the forefront of the political dialogue. They grew up in a world where you have to remove your shoes before getting on an airplane, where the nightly news almost always included a story about Iraq, Afghanistan, or another Middle Eastern state, and where billboards on the metro remind you that if you see something, say something. It is sometimes hard to believe that this national state of “constant vigilance” was not always the norm; but before the attacks of September 11th 2001 terrorism was considered to be an issue for local police not the US Military. Continue reading The Evolving Threat: Introduction

Sunday Travels: Fried Chicken…With a Side of Treason

This piece is part of our on-going “Sunday Travels” series. These occasional entries will describe the recent adventures of one of our staff writers, while remaining true to our mission of being informative and well researched. In the Second of these entries Tom Warwick describes a recent trip to the Dr. Samuel Mudd House Museum and explores the remaining question as to Mudd’s involvement in the Lincoln Assassination. Continue reading Sunday Travels: Fried Chicken…With a Side of Treason

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: The History of the National Park Service

There is something uniquely American about the wilderness. It greeted us when the first European settlers landed on America’s eastern shores; it fed us and was the source of our national wealth through timber and produce as those first settlers expanded up and down the east coast; it challenged us, resisted us, and fed us as we expanded west with our young nation; and, even in the modern digital world we’ve created, it continues to seduce us. It seems only natural that we, as a society, would want to preserve and protect these natural treasures which are so integral to our culture and which, in the minds of many Americans, rival or even surpass Europe’s cathedrals and the Egypt’s pyramids. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: The History of the National Park Service