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Why “Win and Go Home” Doesn’t Work

President Trump took to Twitter (obligatory eye roll) to threaten Syria over its latest chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet previous reports indicated that after the collapse of ISIS, Trump had been wanting to declare victory and go home. Well, that’s the trick, isn’t it? The “win and go home” meme is popular among America […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is our struggle to assert facts over narratives or symbolism. 1. How Bad Ideas Happen I have lamented before about how many bad ideas for the expansion of government–the basic income, the individual mandate, […]

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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. Today, the main theme is a grudging acknowledgement of the good parts of the Trump administration. 1. How to Succeed in War Without Really Trying Since this will be the last of these Sunday news roundups until the […]

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In Syria, the First Step Is Recognizing That We Have a Problem

It’s really nice that everybody is all worried about Syria now, at least for the next five minutes, because Bashar Assad decided to take a break from killing his people in other ghastly ways and decided to gas them. It’s all very shocking—if you haven’t been paying any attention to Syria for the past six […]

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How Democrats Won the Gun Control Sit-In

The Democrats’ House gun-control sit-in was a failure and was always destined to be a failure from the standpoint of actually moving any gun control legislation. No bill, no break? Not really. Paul Ryan ended the current congressional session, and eventually everyone just filtered out. But maybe it was a success after all, just at […]

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The Minority Con

Supporters of gay rights usually look to the left as their political sponsor and supporter, as the political faction they can count on to back them up with it matters. They had better take a closer look at the left’s reaction to the terrorist attack at that gay nightclub in Orlando, because it shows how […]

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Trade War Is Trump’s Foreign Policy

The signature line of Donald Trump’s big foreign policy speech is: “I won’t tell them where, and I won’t tell them how.” By “them,” he was referring to the Islamic State, which he vowed to destroy. But he might just as well have been referring to his audience. In a nearly hour-long speech, he revealed […]

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All the Good Syria Options Are Over

President Obama has been criticized for his performance in his latest interview on “60 minutes.” The president certainly seemed wrong-footed and was non-responsive to Steve Kroft’s questions. But it wasn’t just because the president seems tired, impatient, and disengaged. (At one point, Kroft observes, “I know you don’t want to talk about this.”) It’s the […]

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Obama’s New War Czar

President Obama’s foreign policy is adrift, but there’s one good way to bring it back into focus. He needs to appoint a “czar,” someone decisive and results-oriented, someone who will take this whole Syria debacle and give it direction and control. But you know, if you’re going to choose someone for a position modeled on […]

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The Middle Finger to History

The years between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, became known as the “Holiday from History,” a period in which America thought it could withdraw from the burdens of engagement with the world and focus on the pursuit of domestic prosperity and other really important issues like […]

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