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  • Will Europe Man Up?

    Will Europe Man Up?

    If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.

  • The End of Obamaworld

    The End of Obamaworld

    In denouncing Republicans as “scared of widows and orphans,” and castigating those who prefer Christian refugees to Muslims coming to America, Barack Obama has come off as petulant and unpresidential.

  • Is Putin Our Ally in Syria?

    Is Putin Our Ally in Syria?

    Among the presidential candidates of the Republican Party and their foreign policy leaders on Capitol Hill the cry is almost universal: Barack Obama has no strategy for winning the war on ISIS.

  • The Republican War - Over War Policy

    The Republican War – Over War Policy

    Rand Paul had his best debate moment Tuesday when he challenged Marco Rubio on his plans to increase defense spending by $1 trillion. “You cannot be a conservative if you’re going to keep promoting new programs you’re not going to pay for,” said Paul.

  • Can Europe Survive This Invasion?

    Can Europe Survive This Invasion?

    “A modern day mass migration is taking place … that could change the face of Europe’s civilization,” warned Hungarian President Viktor Orban.

  • Dalton Trumbo Had It Coming

    Dalton Trumbo Had It Coming

    “Dalton Trumbo was a socialist, but he loved being rich.” So says Bryan Cranston, who stars in “Trumbo,” out this week, and plays the screenwriter who went to prison with the Hollywood Ten in the time of Harry Truman.

  • War in Syria? Where Is Speaker Ryan?

    War in Syria? Where Is Speaker Ryan?

    “The United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war,” says The New York Times. And the Times has it exactly right.

  • Should We Fight for the Spratlys?

    Should We Fight for the Spratlys?

    Trailed by two Chinese warships, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed inside the 12-nautical-mile limit of Subi Reef, a man-made island China claims as her national territory.

  • Is the Pope Toying with Heresy?

    Is the Pope Toying with Heresy?

    Are Catholic truths immutable? Or can they change with the changing times?

  • America in Search of a Cause?

    America in Search of a Cause?

    “If the Cold War is over, what’s the point of being an American?” said Rabbit Angstrom, the protagonist of the John Updike novels. A haunting remark, since, for 40 years, America was largely united on the proposition that our survival depended upon our victory over communism in the Cold War.

  • Can Trump Be Stopped?

    Can Trump Be Stopped?

    Three months ago, this writer sent out a column entitled, “Could Trump Win?” meaning the Republican nomination. Today even the Trump deniers concede the possibility.

  • To End Wars -- Trump vs. Sanders

    To End Wars — Trump vs. Sanders

    Barack Obama sought as his legacy to bring an end to the two longest wars in U.S. history. On Oct. 15, he, again, admitted failure.

  • Don't Take Your Guns to Town, Paul

    Don’t Take Your Guns to Town, Paul

    The honor of it all aside, Rep. Paul Ryan would do well to decline the speakership of the House. For it is a poisoned chalice that is being offered to him.

  • The Allure of Mass Murder

    The Allure of Mass Murder

    “Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight.”

  • War Party Targets Putin and Assad

    War Party Targets Putin and Assad

    Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin last week began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad.

  • The Mind of Mr. Putin

    The Mind of Mr. Putin

    “Do you realize now what you have done? So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us.

  • Pope's World and the Real World

    Pope’s World and the Real World

    Pope Francis’s four-day visit to the United States was by any measure a personal and political triumph.

  • A Muslim President? Was Ben Carson Right?

    A Muslim President? Was Ben Carson Right?

    Beliefs matter. “Ideas Have Consequences,” as conservative scholar Richard Weaver wrote in his classic of that title in 1948. Yet, for so believing, and so saying, Dr. Ben Carson has been subjected to a Rodney King-style night-sticking by the P.C. police.

  • US and Catholicism in Crisis

    US and Catholicism in Crisis

    During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-communism were Dwight Eisenhower’s America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII. During the 1980s, the last decade of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan and the Polish pope, John Paul II, were the pillars of resistance. When Pope Francis arrives in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, the country he enters will be a very different one from Eisenhower’s America or Reagan’s America.

  • Putin: Friend or Foe in Syria?

    Putin: Friend or Foe in Syria?

    What Vladimir Putin is up to in Syria makes far more sense than what Barack Obama and John Kerry appear to be up to in Syria. The Russians are flying transports bringing tanks and troops to an air base near the coastal city of Latakia to create a supply chain to provide a steady flow of weapons and munitions to the Syrian army.