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Planning to Fail (Again) in Iraq

One of the consequences of Barack Obama’s presidency will be to discredit the foreign policy of the “humanitarians.” It won’t be because people think it’s bad to feel compassion for the suffering of others. It will be because the loudly declared compassion of the humanitarians is revealed, in practice, as ineffectual posturing adopted as a […]

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They Came from Underground

The under-reported news of the Gaza war is Israel’s discovery of an extensive network of tunnels built by Hamas. These are not the tunnels from southern Gaza, built for smuggling food and weapons from Egypt. These tunnels are in northern Gaza going into Israel, and they were built so that Hamas terrorists could infiltrate Israel […]

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The Paradox of the Non-Interventionists

A rigorously non-interventionist foreign policy poses a basic paradox. The worse the rest of the world looks, the more the anti-interventionists can say there are no good options to choose from, and we should just stay home and keep out of trouble. But the worse the world looks, the more intervention is actually necessary to […]

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Obama Stops Going Though the Motions

Last week, President Obama was widely criticized for the emptiness of his big speech on foreign policy and national security at West Point. This weekend, with the trade of five high-level Taliban leaders for ransomed American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, we saw the consequences of that emptiness. There is one thing that wasn’t quite captured in […]

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Terror-ism

After posting the previous note, I came across a quote (by way of Megan McArdle) that makes a similar point to the one I was making. It’s a line of verse from Samuel Johnson: How small, of all that human hearts endure That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! That’s not exactly […]

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The White Flag and the Black Flag

The Cairo and Benghazi embassy attacks have brought foreign policy back into the election. The Democrats were enjoying a “post-convention glow,” bragging about a post-convention bounce (which has, as usual, bounced back), and were trying to talk themselves into the idea that they now have a big advantage over Republicans on foreign policy. Well, sure, […]

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The Post-9/11 Era

This article was originally published in TIA Daily. Welcome to the post-9/11 era. Ten years later, the terrorist attacks of September 11 are no longer the defining events of American politics and foreign policy. I do not mean by this what most of the political establishment means by it. They think they have gotten beyond […]

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