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The Wish-Fulfilling Prophecy

Top Stories of the Year: #2 Some of us have been warning for years that President Obama is undermining all the pillars of US foreign policy, which would lead to disaster. This second biggest story of this year is that the disaster has arrived. America’s foreign policy collapsed in many small ways, and in two […]

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Ten Ways Obama Has Failed as President

A poll released last week had some pretty bad news for congressional Democrats heading into the midterm elections. But buried in the poll numbers was a figure that just might constitute an even more important turning point. Respondents were asked: “On balance, do you feel that Obama’s presidency so far has been more of a […]

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If You Are Not Using the Presidency, Do You Mind If We Borrow It?

President Lincoln once said to an over-cautious general, “If you are not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a short while.” After yesterday’s press conference, I think we might need to say, to our disengaged, apathetic commander-in-chief: if you’re not using the presidency, would you mind if we borrowed it? When […]

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The Battle of Regimes

I think we are just beginning to see the distinctive foreign policy failure of the Obama era. It’s not the emergence of a new Islamist threat. Yes, President Bush had beaten back the Islamists in a number of important ways, particularly al-Qaeda’s rejection by the Sunnis in Iraq. Islam is a religion that expects success […]

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This Business Will Get Out of Control

In The Hunt for Red October, the actor and future Senator Fred Thompson uttered a classic line. Observing the aftermath of a confrontation between US and Soviet forces in the North Atlantic, he spat out: “This business will get out of control. It will get out of control, and we will be lucky to live […]

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How Many Divisions Has RuPaul?

Americans don’t pay much attention to something called “Eurovision,” and I supposed we usually shouldn’t. It’s a kind of pan-European version of “American Idol,” in which musical acts chosen to represent every country in Europe stage overproduced performances of inoffensive and quickly forgotten pop anthems. While it’s a competition, it seems to be less about […]

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No, It’s Not Morning Again in America

We all know that in the eyes of the mainstream media, the only good Republican is a dead Republican—which is to say that they denounce Republican leaders while they’re alive, then suddenly find a reason to praise them after they’re safely dead. How they did this with Ronald Reagan was to ignore most of what […]

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Edward Snowden, Useful Idiot

There has been a lot of debate about whether NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor. It ought to be pretty much settled by Snowden’s appearance with Vladimir Putin on Russian television. I was leaning toward “traitor” from early on. While I was happy that some of the information on mass surveillance […]

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War Is the Health of Putin’s State

There’s an old saying that “war is the health of the state.” Though it was coined by an anti-war leftist during World War I, it has since taken on a certain currency among libertarians. And there is a lot of truth to it. Historically, war has served as a ready excuse for bigger government spending, […]

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The Paradox of Pacifism

Over the past few weeks, the foreign policy anti-interventionists—a coalition of cynical establishment “realists,” blame-America-first leftists, and libertarian millennials disillusioned by the Iraq War—have given us a lot of excellent advice about the potential costs of getting involved in the conflict over Ukraine, about the dangers of escalation, about the virtue of caution. Somehow they […]

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