Ernest Hollings

Ernest C. Hollings is a former Democratic senator from South Carolina.

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We Need Alexander Hamilton

Dubai could have a silver lining. The government didn't think twice about the security of six major seaports in the United States. It thought that what was good for the transnationals, for globalization, was good for the country. People now realize that corporate America is blind to the nation's security and its economy. Only government can protect our manufacturers, our economic strength. The bubble of “free trade,” and of “protectionism,” has popped. The charades of the “trade war” and of “globalization” are over. As Henry Clay observed in 1832, “The call for free trade is as unavailing as the cry of a spoiled child, in its nurse's arms…It never has existed; it never will exist.” We started a “trade war” when Alexander Hamilton rebuffed Britain's proposal that the freed colony should trade what it produced best while Britain would trade what it produced best -- David Ricardo's “Doctrine of Comparative Advantage.” In his famous “Report on Manufacturers,” Hamilton told the Brits to...

Four Wars

In the Iraq War, we failed to commit the troops necessary to secure the country, and now we are in a mess. In the Terrorism War, we are creating more terrorism. In the Afghanistan War, we have yet to capture Osama bin Laden. And in the Trade War, our manufacture is so outsourced that an incident with China would cause us to cancel Christmas. First, Iraq. Immediately after the election in 1966, I was with General William Westmoreland in Vietnam, a country with a population of 16 million. With 535,000 troops, the general wanted still more troops to bring the war to a head. In Iraq, a country of 26 million, we're trying to secure it with 140,000 troops. We lost more than 58,000 GIs trying to “Vietnamize” Vietnam. Are we to lose 58,000 more to “Iraqify” Iraq? There is no education in the second kick of a mule. We should start withdrawing now. “But you can't cut and run” is the cry. We cut two years ago when we announced “mission accomplished,” leaving looting and the blowing up of...