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  • 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.

  • Purging America's Heroes

    Purging America’s Heroes

    With that kumbayah moment at the Capitol in South Carolina, when the Battle Flag of the Confederacy was lowered forever to the cheers and tears of all, a purgation of the detestable relics of evil that permeate American public life began.

  • Kim Davis vs. Judicial Tyranny

    Kim Davis vs. Judicial Tyranny

    “If the law supposes that, the law is a ass — a idiot.” Charles Dickens gave that line to Mr. Bumble in “Oliver Twist.” And it sums up the judgment of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis about the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, which said the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.

  • Do Cops' Lives Matter to Obama?

    Do Cops’ Lives Matter to Obama?

    Barack Obama, as chief law enforcement officer of the United States, is going to have to stop acting like a conscientious objector in this war on cops.

  • Can the GOP Deal With Iran?

    Can the GOP Deal With Iran?

    Ten weeks before the first U.S.-Soviet summit ever held in Moscow, in May 1972, North Vietnam, with Soviet-supplied armor and artillery, crossed the DMZ in an all-out offensive to overrun the South.

  • Dis-Integrating America

    Dis-Integrating America

    The Wednesday morning murders of 24-year-old Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity, a hate crime. Were they not white, they would be alive today.

  • Is Trumpism the New Nationalism?

    Is Trumpism the New Nationalism?

    Whatever becomes of Trump the candidate, Trumpism, i.e., economic and foreign policy nationalism, appears ascendant.

  • Hillary: Nominee or Indictee?

    Hillary: Nominee or Indictee?

    While perhaps too early for Democratic elites to panic and begin bailing out on Hillary Clinton’s campaign as a doomed vessel, they would be well advised not to miss any of the lifeboat drills.