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“My Soul Was Manufactured in the United States”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Naked Foreign Policy So we didn’t have World War III, after all. I was skeptical that the US airstrike on Iranian terror master Qassem Suleimani would lead to a massive escalation, and now it looks like not much will follow–for better or for worse. Not much for […]

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“Bellicosity and Disengagement”

Following the US military’s assassination of Iranian terror master Qassem Suleimani, a lot of people have been trying to make sense of President Trump’s Iran policy and the support for it among the otherwise isolationist nationalists. The New York Times sums up the sense of confusion: “Mr. Trump has yet to resolve the two conflicting […]

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Best. Decade. Ever.

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “The Battlefield Is Paradise” The big news of the new year is the American air strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad. Before we get to the implications of this, it’s worth devoting a whole item just to understanding who Suleimani is and […]

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

Top Stories of the Year: #1 I have to admit that this newsletter is biased. I have a philosophical bias toward a belief in the efficacy of the good, which means that what the good guys are doing to save the world is always more important than what the bad guys are doing to mess […]

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What If the World Isn’t Ending?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. What If the World Isn’t Ending? Part 1 When I attended the debate at Catholic University between David French and the nationalist conservative Sohrab Ahmari, one of big things I discovered was how deeply committed the Christians in attendance were to the notion that we are living […]

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Tank Man City

World News Roundup Some time ago, I decided to take off last week in an attempt to get a little more rest and avoid burnout before going into the end-of-the-year rush and starting work on my new book project. It’s only a week, I thought, what could possibly happen? A lot, it turns out. To […]

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“The Culture War Comes for the Kids”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Infowars Presidency While I’ve been wrapping up work on my book (I might have mentioned it), some interesting things were happening out in the world, so I’m going to start getting caught up on the latest news in this edition. The big thing that happened is […]

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Mustached Man Bad

Last Friday, the news broke that Donald Trump had finally gotten around to ordering retaliatory strikes against Iran, but when US planes were ten minutes out, he suddenly changed his mind and called it off. This set the Internet into a frenzy, with most people getting the Iran story exactly backward because they were viewing […]

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Tanker War II

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Tanker War II Back in the late 1980s, the US got dragged into the Tanker War, an offshoot of the Iran-Iraq War in which Saddam Hussein foolishly declared war on Iranian shipping, only to discover Iraq is way more vulnerable to a naval blockade. The war on […]

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Are We All Colluding With the Russians?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Saudi Ataturk I’ve drawn your attention a few times in the past to the guy I’ve named “the most interesting man in the world,” Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. MBS, as he is called by Western reporters and commenters, has been presenting himself as […]

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