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Birth of a New Persian Empire

 

The United States is gradually being drawn into the war in Syria. That war began as a conflict in which we had no national security interest. That changed because two of our principal adversaries, Russia and Iran, took over that war, making the conflict much larger than just a civil war against the terrorist regime […]

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The American Presidency in Paralysis

 

(Warning: Spoiler at the end.) Is the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court sooner or later? Liberals despair. Trump’s “progressive” critics, long champions of a strong presidency, notably Barack Obama’s robust executive power, are abruptly born-again skeptics. What’s to worry? Trump’s Neil Gorsuch remains a constitutionalist who would challenge an imperial presidency. But Democrats […]

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‘The End of…’ Scenario

 

While the extremes of contemporary partisanship have grown, there is a curious area of political overlap in the age of Trump: Left and Right have embraced “the end of …” theme. Clearly there is justification for an outpouring of pessimism. President Trump has put enormous pressure on political allies to enhance their financial contribution to […]

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With Two Tweets, Trump Settles Tape Question Raised in Earlier Tweet

 

Washington “I don’t know there was a game,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday in response to a question about President Donald Trump’s latest tweets, in which he denied taping former FBI chief James Comey. Actually, it is a game — a 41-day back-and-forth marathon called “snooker,” played not with cue […]

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Not All Americans Are Grieving for Otto Warmbier

 

“Send bombers, and turn North Korea into a parking lot.” That was my initial knee-jerk reaction when I heard that Otto Warmbier was dead. It was not the most Christian thought ever to flash through my heart and mind, and going to war against that pariah state would cause a world of hurt and a […]

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Remain Calm Democrats, All Is Well

 

An Animal House, all-is-well quality colored Nancy Pelosi’s Thursday press-conference postmortem of her party’s Tuesday defeat in Georgia. “We reduced by 20 points what the advantage had been in that district for the Republicans,” the minority leader, imagining Democrats playing horseshoes or hand grenades, declared. “This is good news for us.” If losing a race […]

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Various And Sundry Things

 

A few musings on current events of note… Tuesday night Republican Karen Handel won a 52-48 victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in the much-hyped and scandalously-expensive Georgia Sixth District congressional race. Our readers have surely digested plenty about the import of the race, but here’s a take you may not have seen. Namely, that with […]

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Emmanuel Macron: Best Since De Gaulle?

 

Emmanuel Macron, freshly elected to the presidency of France, was on his way to gaining an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly on Sunday, so we decided to hold the virtual presses at least for this one, you know? What’s the rush? It’s not as if PARAGUAY, BOLIVIA MASS TROOPS ON BORDER, or AMERICAN WINS […]

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Use of Force: An Interview With Brad Thor

 

Brad Thor: Soft target attacks will continue in the U.S. and Europe. You will also see more unstable people “cook off” and begin taking the law into their own hands, attacking innocent Muslims as we recently saw at the Finsbury Park Mosque in London. We will all continue to lose in this case. The best thing we can do to empower Muslim reformers is to keep up the pressure on the Islamic world to reform. When Islamic terror attacks happen, that is precisely the time we should be calling the Muslim world out; demanding that they take concrete steps to reform. We should also keep up unrelenting pressure for them to embrace true democracy across the Muslim world. Radical Islam takes root where there is no freedom and spreads its poison around the globe. The greatest counter to that poison is freedom.

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U.S. Ruled by Executive, Legislative, Judicial Branches… and Richard Cordray

 

Could Congress create a fourth branch of government? Maybe break off a piece of what the executive branch handles now — commerce, say, or agriculture, or maybe even defense — and create a new office supported by its own dedicated tax stream and the authority to levy penalties? The president could still appoint this officer […]

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