Mac Owens

Waxman-Marke: Bad for the Economy

By Mac Owens | August 12, 2009 |

i have a piece in today’s ProJo about Waxman-Markey, which will be debated later this year in the Senate. The link is here. This legislation is on a par with Obamacare as an economic nightmare.

A Hard Line for an Ally

By Mac Owens | August 8, 2009 |

My recent piece in the Wall Street Journal addressed the incentives that the Obama Administration is creating by pressing hard on Israel. Oddly, this is the very same U.S. president who believes it’s important not to appear to be “meddling” in Iranian affairs.

Naval War College Policy Re Faculty Pubs

By Mac Owens | June 7, 2008 |

I have been so busy recently that I have not done any blogging for Anchor Rising. I thank Justin for posting something about my recent pieces on energy in the ProJo and the Wall Street Journal. Justin’s post elicited a response from “Ken” concerning the way in which I am identified and the fact that…

Iraq and the Return of the “Winter Soldier”

By Mac Owens | March 31, 2008 |

On Easter Sunday morning, I appeared on WJAR 10’s News Conference. The topic was the Iraq War after five years and I was paired with a nice young Iraq War veteran, now a Brown student, who opposes the war. I appreciated the work of Jim Taricani and Bill Rappley. The conversation was quite civil. The…

Fallon vs. Spitzer: Which is the Most Consequential Story?

By Mac Owens | March 13, 2008 |

I know that the resignation of a combatant commander who has publicly challenged the policies of his commander-in-chief is not nearly as riveting as the resignation of an arrogant, self-righteous, nanny-state Democratic governor who seeks out sex with prostitutes, but in the greater scheme of things, the former story is more consequential. On Tuesday, Admiral…

America’s Long War(s)

By Mac Owens | January 20, 2008 |

This past year I had the opportunity to serve as a member of the “Future War” panel of the Defense Science Board 2007 Summer Study. I have distilled my contribution to the final report in this piece for the Foreign Policy Research Insitute (FPRI). In it, I try to lay out some of the challenges…

New Jersey’s Apology for Slavery

By Mac Owens | January 11, 2008 |

I have a piece in today’s Christian Science Monitor about the recent resolution by the New Jersey legislature apologizing for slavery. On the one hand, such an apology is harmless. But on the other, it feeds off of the idea that the United States has been racist from the start, obscuring the fact that it…

Congress’s Energy Bill: Lipstick on a Pig

By Mac Owens | December 12, 2007 |

Not too long ago, I addressed the security aspects of the pending energy legislation in the Christian Science Monitor. Today, I examine some of the economic consequences of the legislation in the ProJo. Despite the attempt to appeal to environmentalists and advocates of “fairy dust” energy sources, aka “renewable energy,” this bill, like most energy…

Energy Security vs. Energy

By Mac Owens | December 2, 2007 |

Congress is considering energy legislation that will create some very bad outcomes. One of the worst will be to make the United States less secure when it comes to access to energy. I addressed this issue Friday in the Christian Science Monitor. A longer and more detailed version of my argument is over on the…

Well Done, Veterans

By Mac Owens | November 12, 2007 |

I apologize for a paucity of posts lately. Of course, some people might think that fewer things by me is not such a bad thing. In any event, my light posting has to do with the old adage about alligators and draining the swamp. Today is, of course, Veterans Day. I have a piece on…