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This is the personal weblog of Aakash Raut, established Sept. 2002. It will cover current affairs, worldwide & national topics, local & university events, and provide insight and commentary on contemporary issues and the news from his perspective. Enjoy!

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    Sunday, August 24, 2003

    Update: Wednesday, September 3, 2003

    Notes on the Margin
    I have been somewhat busy; this is the first full week of classes, and I have been working on several things. Please see the updates I have made to this entry (scroll to the bottom); I will have some more new stuff up here soon. For now, here are some articles that I found recently, which are worthy of consideration and thought, regardless of how one feels about the issues raised.

    - Indiana student Paul Musgrave: Remember the Maine [via Josh Claybourn] - also see Paul's prescient piece from the past
    - Military historian William Lind, What is to be done? (Send the neocons to Baghdad...) [via]
    - The Dangers of Democracy, Pieter Friedrich [via 'Deux Ego']
    - "Rhyme and Reason", Carmon Friedrich
    - Democracy Everywhere?, George Will
    - The Neocon Controversy (They backed Clinton's support of Islamic terrorists), Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media
    - Liberal Democrats' Perverse Foreign Policy, Charles Krauthammer
    - Liberating Liberia (Some questions need to be answered...), Lt. Col. Oliver North
    - Career Military Officer does eye-opening stint inside Pentagon, Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski

    Update: Here are some more pieces for your reading pleasure (or at least, for provoking thought):

    From The Atlantic, current issue: Four More Years?, Pat Buchanan
    --- Flashback: Check out this campaign announcement speech from Dec. '91, and this great speech from the '92 GOP Convention.

    From The Atlantic, Oct. 1995: If the GDP is Up, Why is America Down? (famous article!)
    --- See this well-known piece in PDF format here (scanned from the magazine, 14 pp.) or here (22 pp.)

    From The Atlantic, April 1919: Immigration and the Labor Supply
    --- See The Atlantic's good section on the immigration debate.

    From the great Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995):
    - Feb. 1991: Mr. Bush's War (on Gulf War I)
    - Feb. 1991: Mr. Bush's Shooting War
    - Mar. 1991: Notes on the Nintendo War
    - Aug. 1991: America, Keep Out of Bosnia!
    - Sep. 1993: Where Intervene Next?
    - Dec. 1993: The December Surprise
    --- ----> Also check out the Rothbard Antiwar Archive, & LRC's Rothbard file.

    ----------- Original entry -----------

    Lo Siento

    I've said this several times already, but I am sorry for not having posted new entries at this site for some time. Within the past few weeks, I have been a guest blogger at a great site (as mentioned in my previous entry, below), have had surgery to get my wisdom teeth removed, have worked at the State Fair for a U.S. Senate candidate, and have been doing a few other things as well. Nevertheless, I still should have had time for new entries... I actually have many new ones planned, but have not posted them yet. I shall do so soon. In the meantime, here are some things to check out:

    Since it's Sunday, here are some faith-related weblogs:
    blogs4God - RazorMouth - Christianity Today weblog - Doug Phillips - He Lives - Jason Wall
    A Blog Apart - Dead Yet Living - Country Keepers - The Trommetter Times - Bloggedly Blog - Rev. Mike
    Update: I never realized how good a website my church has; it even has a section of the site for where you can listen to the sermons online.
    And speaking of church websites, Dean Peters maintains a blog to help church webmasters have better ones.

    Here are some good blogs that I recently discovered: - Buried Treasure - Dr. George Grant - This Classical Life - Parkonomos - View from the Right

    Thanks to the following bloggers for recently blogrolling this site:
    Archpundit - Midwest Pundits - The Spoons Experience - such small hands - Greatest Jeneration
    Conservative Observer - A Single Guy in the South - Where Hip Hop and Libertarianism Meet

    Update: I left out War Liberal, News 101, and Cali Loves Beth, which have all been nice enough to blogroll this site within the past few months. And more recently, The American Mind and Random Act of Kindness added my blog to their links listing as well. (Most others who had earlier included this site in their blogrolls are already listed on my left sidebar.) Thanks to all!
    (If you have blogrolled this site, send me an e-mail, and I can add your link up here.)

    Update 2: The Brazos de Dios Cantina also has my link up. And I recently found out that the great "paleoconservatarian" columnist Lee R. Shelton, IV (, has a good blog, where he links here as well. And just recently, Backcountry Conservative, John Rabe, and Earth-Shattering Distinctives were nice enough to also add this site to their blogroll. Thanks very much to all!

    Update 3: Rats! I left out DUSTINet, where Dustin Frelich was nice enough to blogroll my site some months ago. (I added him up soon afterwards, too.) A writer and editor, and a student at UCSD, Dustin's work has been featured in,, and several other places as well. Though I don't agree with some of the things that he writes, especially with regards to foreign intervention and the situation in Iraq, Dustin has a great blog... Check out this recent entry, and this one from around the start of the war. And Jo Fish (Democratic Veteran), who also has a great blog, earlier chose DUSTINet to be among the elite few of the right-wing blog links that occupy "Fish" land. (Perhaps he'll look into adding this one next, especially since I concurred with him regarding the Iraq war.)

    If I think of any others who've blogrolled me in the recent months who I've left out, I'll just update this update, rather than adding an 'Update 4:...' - Also, this blog seems to be moving up the Ecosystem... Thanks again to everyone!

    I would also like to thank American Daily and Mark Dankof for adding this blog to their sites' links pages. That is very much appreciated, and I have done likewise. As my readers can see, the current 'Website of the Week' is now, and I also started a 'Weblog of the Week' feature, in which I will spotlight a particular blog every... week, or so. The first spotlight goes to the blogger who has provided a great deal of insight and inspiration to many of his fellow students and young people, and undoubtedly to others as well - the leading conservative youth blogger Joshua A. Claybourn. He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest individuals in the Blogosphere.

    Soon, I will change the spotlight site to, and the spotlight blog to.... we'll just have to wait and find out. (I am not even sure as of now...)

    Also - Mrs. Izzy Lyman, Ph.D., the great author and columnist (check out her terrific blog), was nice enough to include me in her latest column, a great article on bloggers, which was published in her local Massachusetts newspaper. Thanks Dr. Lyman!! :-)

    And in related news, check out the Dr. Lyman's recent interview of the great teen conservative blogger Pieter Friedrich. (It was at Pieter's blog, 'Deux Ego,' where I was a guest blogger a few weeks ago (see my previous entry [below] for more on that).

    Update: Pieter recently wrote an informative and insightful essay on Judge Roy Moore - it was published in two posts at his blog. Those entries have been published as an article here, at, and here, at Young Conservatives.
    Update: Judge Roy Moore himself has an OP-ED piece in the Wall Street Journal. Jason Steffens has more on this.

    I am not feeling very well right now, and that will have to be it for the moment. I should have new entries up soon. Thanks!


    Some Promotions

    I had wanted to add something to my blog making my readers aware of some good offers and websites from good people that I have been in contact with recently. For the past few days, this site has been getting approximately 30 hits daily, and that may increase soon. I hope that the links to other sites and resources that I provide will help my readers find useful material, and will help others get visitors to their sites as well.

    Check out, the home page of Lt. Col. Robert B. "Buzz" Patterson, USAF (Ret.), author of the the bestselling book Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America’s National Security. I haven't read the book, but it looks very interesting and informative. In it, you can find an inside account of the harm that President Clinton did to the U.S. military and to our national defense and security. Lt. Col. Patterson served for two years as a White House military aide who carried the "nuclear football" (which provides the President with remote nuclear strike capabilities). He witnessed first-hand a great deal of the corruption, dishonesty, and deceit which permeated that administration. Included in this books are accounts of:

    - How Clinton missed a golden opportunity to take out Osama bin Laden long before September 11, 2001
    - Why a minor “family matter” caused the Clintons to scramble a military jet
    - How a young Clinton staffer tried to divert a full Navy carrier battle group just so the President could have a photo-op
    - Why female stewards on Air Force One had to keep their distance from the President

    ... and a great deal more.

    Dereliction of Duty - The bestselling book by Buzz Patterson...

    The book is available on for 30% off the official price. Same with National Review's book service has it for about the same price.

    From the editorial review of this book, it seems that this will be an interesting and unique account of the actions of the Clinton administration, with regards to our national security and foreign affairs.'s review makes clear that this is different from the "anti-Clinton books," in that rather than attacking the President personally, the author details the key failures and major mistakes that he made, and how those actions created severe problems for our military, our defense capabilities, and our nation. I noticed that the review says that Patterson, "...seriously questions Clinton's decisions to send troops to Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, and Bosnia to accomplish non-military tasks without clear objectives. Having participated in each of these engagements, Lt. Col. Patterson personally 'experienced the frustration of needlessly wasted lives, effort, and national prestige' as well as the alarmingly low morale that Clinton inspired." As I've indicated in my past work and writings, I am greatly interested in these topics, and was anti-war during the Clinton administration. I am interested in knowing what Lt. Col. Patterson has to say about the many foreign interventions and military deployments that occured under the disasterous leadership of Clinton/Gore and Albright. I will have to check Dereliction of Duty out.

    An advertisement of sorts...

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