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Lee Edwards
Lee Edwards is Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation and the author of many books about American conservatism, including the first political biography of Ronald Reagan.
by | Sep 12, 2013

Leon Hadar has written an essay at The American Conservative exploring why Washington loves to go to war and setting our foreign policy against the backdrop of Mark Leibovich’s recent insider tell-all This Town. I think he’s onto something here: Ask yourself why…

by | Sep 11, 2013

President Obama addressed the nation moments ago in an attempt to garner support for a possible military strike in Syria. He said there was no doubt Assad used chemical weapons, declared that their usage violates our “common humanity,” and agreed…

by | Sep 11, 2013

Yesterday I was skeptical of the president’s claim that we could secure Syria’s chemical weapons—the so-called diplomacy option—and not put boots on the ground. Turns out some in the administration, the UN, and the Pentagon are too. The New York…

by | Sep 10, 2013

In today’s Washington Post, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) makes the best and most comprehensive case I’ve seen against intervention in Syria: Syria is in the midst of a sectarian civil war, born of centuries-old animosities. We have no clear ally in…

by | Sep 9, 2013

From the Roosevelt Corollary to peace through strength, great commanders-in-chief often introduce new terms into our foreign policy vocabulary. Presidents who really shake up the paradigm are honored with their own doctrine—from Monroe to Truman to Reagan. So far President…

by | Sep 6, 2013

The Force is strong with the isolationists this week. John Kerry: This is not the time for armchair isolationism. Bret Stephens: Most Republicans don’t want to become, again, the party of isolationists. Michael Gerson: Nations such as China, Russia and…

by | Sep 6, 2013

Uh-oh: But even though Obama is now seeking Congress’ support, Kerry insisted that the president is not bound by law to stand down should his plan be rejected. Hadn’t the president in essence ceded that leeway by coming to Congress?…

by | Sep 4, 2013

Stephanie Gaskell, writing at Defense One, emphasizes just how far into the corner President Obama has backed himself on Syria: If President Obama doesn’t launch a limited military strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its people, President Bashar…

by | Aug 30, 2013

Today Secretary of State John Kerry (that still feels strange to type) laid out the case for American intervention in Syria, including the identification of at least 1,429 Syrians killed by chemical weapons, at least 426 of whom were children….

by | Aug 29, 2013

The New York Times‘s Nicholas Kristof is adding his voice to the chorus of liberal internationalists and neoconservatives demanding action in Syria. In his latest column, Kristof, as he often does, appeals to emotion with a heartstring-strumming anecdote: [W]hen I was…

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