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The New Science of Progress, and the Old One

News Roundup Editor’s Note: I’m continuing for one more installment of my “News Roundup” format in a last push to catch up with everything that’s been happening while I was completing my book on Atlas Shrugged. I’ve also realized that impeachment news could easily swamp everything else that’s going on in the world, so I […]

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Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds May Be a Turning Point

Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a moment that might be more important than it seems—one that is likely to have a far-reaching impact that goes well beyond what happens in Syria. Why? Because this is the moment when responsible adults in the administration and in high-ranking executive positions, however many of them are […]

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The Kowtow

News Roundup 1. Acting Secretary of Defense Kurt Schlichter At the beginning of the year, I warned about the beginnings of the Trumpocalypse. At the time, Trump had chased out some of the last few serious national security professionals in his administration through an impulsive and ill-advised announcement that he was going to withdraw the […]

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Dear Republicans: Is This the Idol to Whom You Have Sold Your Souls?

In the past few weeks, Donald Trump has gone from saying that no, he didn’t collude with a foreign dictatorship to interfere with the US election, to doing it on live TV, asking the government of China to investigate Joe Biden and his son, for no clear reason. Exactly two prominent Republicans denounced this: Ben […]

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A Guide to Surviving the Trumpocalypse

The big story over the holidays, in the transition from 2018 to 2019, is the first beginnings of the Trumpocalypse. When Donald Trump was elected, a lot of us predicted disaster, and so far it seems that the disaster has not come. But the consequences of this presidency are still unfolding, and in the last […]

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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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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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Iraq Goes on the Obama Diet

President Obama has quite a knack for foreign policy: everything he touches seems to crumble. The administration’s policy in Iraq, for example, was to use the Kurds in northern Iraq to hold back the advance of ISIS, buying time to broker a political solution in Baghdad that would win back the loyalties of alienated Sunnis. […]

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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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