John R. Guardiano

John R. Guardiano is a writer and analyst who focuses on political, military, and public-policy issues. He resides in Arlington, Virginia, and blogs at ResCon1.com (www.twitter.com/ResCon1).

These ’72 Dolphins Fumbled

 

Back in 2005, when George W. Bush was president, I was covering a Memorial Day ceremony in Washington for the American Forces Press Service. Bush was the featured speaker; and I noticed that the young man sitting next to me studiously refused to clap or applaud when the president spoke. I struck up a conversation […]

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Who’s Politicizing Benghazi?

 

The liberal Democrat political media complex purports to believe that the GOP is “playing politics with Benghazi.” But in truth, Benghazi was politicized by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton during the 2012 election, when, as we now know, they willfully and knowingly fabricated a falsehood about the genesis of the terrorist attack there. […]

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Obama’s Declaration of Political War

 

Most great and memorable inaugural addresses are imbued with a spirit of charity and magnanimity. There is a clear sense that the president is speaking not for one political party or faction, but rather for the nation as a whole. Thus in his first inaugural address, Jefferson declared, “We are all Republicans; we are all […]

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Hagel’s Problem? He’s ‘Mainstream’

 

Is Chuck Hagel “out of the mainstream”? That seems to be the crucial question surrounding Hagel’s nomination as Defense Secretary. Predictably, Bill Kristol says “yes” and Pat Buchanan says “no.” And as a result, Kristol seriously opposes Hagel’s nomination, while Buchanan strongly supports it. Kristol and Buchanan are both right, and they’re both wrong, albeit […]

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A Tale of Two Teams and Two Stars

 

Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell has written a superb piece that compares how the Washington Nationals and the Washington Redskins have handled Stephen Strasburg and Robert Griffin III, respectively. Strasburg and Griffin are both in their early twenties, phenomenal athletes, and at the top of their respective sports, baseball and football. And both have […]

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Dereliction of Coaching Duty

 

With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the helm, the National Football League has made a concerted effort to protect players from concussions and other debilitating injuries. Thus there have been rule changes that penalize head-first hits. And this year, the NFL suspended several New Orleans Saints players and coaches — including the head coach, Sean Payton […]

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Mitt Romney Just Got Himself Elected President

 

As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, I have been very tough on Mitt Romney and very critical of his missteps as a candidate. So I am pleased to report that tonight, we saw the Mitt Romney Republicans have been waiting for, rooting for, and hoping would emerge somehow, somewhere. Indeed, it was a […]

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Obama to Gays and Hollywood: Show Me the Money!

 

Jim Antle has nailed it. “One in six bundlers,” he tweets, “speaks louder than seven of ten African Americans.” Indeed, the subtext of Obama’s “marriage” announcement today is that candidate Obama is more afraid of losing campaign money from gay donors (and from Hollywood in general) than he is concerned about a possible erosion of […]

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Ruinous Obama Austerity

 

Has media coverage ever been more misleading than it is now in the wake of the elections in France and Greece? The rise of the European Left there is being depicted as a popular rejection of conservative-imposed, budget-cutting “austerity.” “European electorates, who have helped cause the collapse or electoral defeat of a series of governments […]

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A Clueless Obama Abandons Economic Growth

 

With the economy sluggish and stagnating, you would think that economic growth ranks high on President Obama’s list of priorities for a second term. But of course, you would be wrong. Lefty Ezra Klein, who writes about economic policy for the Washington Post, has just published a well-sourced piece on “what Obama would do in […]

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