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  • Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn | Read More »

  • The Ideological Earthquake and the Aftermath

    The Ideological Earthquake and the Aftermath

    What lies behind Donald Trump’s nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the “establishment.”

  • The World According to Trump

    The World According to Trump

    Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject.

  • The Four Foreign Policies

    The Four Foreign Policies

    After dozens of contests featuring cliffhangers, buzzer-beaters and a ton of flagrant fouls, we’re down to the Final Four: Sanders, Clinton, Cruz and Trump.

  • Obama's Ideological Holiday in Havana

    Obama’s Ideological Holiday in Havana

    The split screen told the story: on one side, images of the terror bombing in Brussels; on the other, Barack Obama doing the wave with Raúl Castro at a baseball game in Havana.

  • There's an air of Menace About this Campaign

    There’s an air of Menace About this Campaign

    By international and historical standards, political violence is exceedingly rare in the United States. The last serious outburst was 1968 with its bloody Democratic-convention riots. By that standard, 2016 is, as yet, tame. It may not remain so.

  • While Obama Fiddles ...

    While Obama Fiddles …

    State of the world, Year Eight of Barack Obama:

  • Win One for Nino

    Win One for Nino

    Let’s understand something about the fight to fill the Supreme Court seat of Antonin (“Nino”) Scalia. This is about nothing but raw power. Any appeal you hear to high principle is phony — brazenly, embarrassingly so.

  • Sanders and Trump: Magic Sells

    Sanders and Trump: Magic Sells

    The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliché that the 2016 campaign is an anti-establishment revolt of both the left and the right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by the seven-year legacy of the Obama presidency.

  • The "Establishment" Nonsense

    The “Establishment” Nonsense

    The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness.

  • The Three-Cornered Fight for the Soul of the GOP

    The Three-Cornered Fight for the Soul of the GOP

    It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise.

  • The GOP Gets the Iran Prisoner Swap Wrong

    The GOP Gets the Iran Prisoner Swap Wrong

    Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant.

  • The State of the Presidency: Spent

    The State of the Presidency: Spent

    President Obama’s Tuesday night address to Congress was less about the state of the union than the state of the presidency. And the state of this presidency is spent.

  • Defy America, Pay No Price

    Defy America, Pay No Price

    If you’re going to engage in a foreign policy capitulation, might as well do it when everyone is getting tanked and otherwise occupied. Say, around New Year’s Eve.

  • Legacy or Bust

    Legacy or Bust

    Last Saturday, Barack Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord. It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantanamo to complete his glittering legacy.

  • Why Take the Trump Stunt Seriously?

    Why Take the Trump Stunt Seriously?

    So how exactly does this work, Donald Trump’s plan to keep America safe from Islamic terrorism by barring entry to all Muslims? He explained it Tuesday on TV. The immigration official will ask the foreigner if he’s a Muslim.

  • The Syrian Immigration cul-de-sac

    The Syrian Immigration cul-de-sac

    The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans.

  • Obama's Phony War

    Obama’s Phony War

    Tell me: What’s a suicide bomber doing with a passport? He’s not going anywhere. And, though I’m not a religious scholar, I doubt that a passport is required in paradise for a martyr to access his 72 black-eyed virgins.

  • Netanyahu’s Churchillian warning

    Netanyahu’s Churchillian warning

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was notable in two respects.

  • The fatal flaw in the Iran deal

    The fatal flaw in the Iran deal

    We are on the cusp of an epic capitulation. History will not be kind.