Articles by Mackubin Owens

How Bergdahl’s Case Perverts Military Justice

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Colin Kaepernick and His Own Lady Macbeth

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What Would a Fair Transgender Policy in the Military Look Like?

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James Mattis the Teacher

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Islamism Isn’t a Religion, It’s a Political System at War with Us

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MOAB Makes Foreign Adventurism Less Likely Because Less Necessary

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McMaster is a Promising Choice

President Trump’s selection of Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his national security adviser has been widely praised, and rightly so. McMaster is a remarkable man cut from the same cloth as the new secretary of defense, Jim Mattis. Both are inspirational leaders. Both are thoughtful, well-read “soldier-scholars.” Both are clear thinkers and straight […]

Hamilton’s Actual Views on Immigration

Not too long ago, the cast of the hit musical “Hamilton” ostentatiously lectured Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in attendance, about “diversity” and “American values.” Implicit in these remarks was criticism of the incoming administration’s position on immigration. But the comments by the “Hamilton” cast miss an important point. Although Alexander Hamilton was himself […]

Mattis for Defense: Making Civil-Military Relations Great Again

In 1968, Anton Myrer, a former Marine enlisted man turned writer, published his novel, Once an Eagle. The New York Times bestseller tells the story of two Army officers as they rise in rank from World War I to the beginnings of the American involvement in Southeast Asia. One is Sam Damon, an honorable soldier […]

America Through Shakespearean Eyes

In a recent essay for American Greatness, Decius dismantles Jeet Heer’s witless attack in The New Republic on “intellectuals for Trump.” He shows that like most Progressives, Heer has absolutely no understanding of the teachings of Leo Strauss, which currently animate both pro- and anti-Trump intellectuals. To begin with, Decius takes issue with Heer’s characterization […]