Angelo M. Codevilla

Angelo M. Codevilla, a professor of international relations at Boston University, a fellow of the Claremont Institute, and a senior editor of The American Spectator, was a Foreign Service officer and served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee between 1977 and 1985. He was the principal author of the 1980 presidential transition report on intelligence. He is the author of The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility.

America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution

 

As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors’ […]

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Reflection on Brains and Barack

 

The premise by which our bipartisan ruling class has claimed the right to direct ever more of our lives with ever less of our consent is that it is better suited to do so, because it is brighter than the rest of us. In growing diametric conflict with any and all notions of democracy, this […]

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CIA’s Vulnerability Is Congenital

 

The destruction of the CIA’s Forward Operating Base Chapman on December 30 by an Afghan suicide bomber who had been a trusted informant was surprising only because it had not happened sooner. Bringing bombs to intelligence officers is infinitely easier than getting them to accept misleading information. But hostile intelligence services have foisted such information […]

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Problems, Personified

 

This fall, as Barack Obama reveled at the UN in the adulation of governments, such as Iran, Russia, Venezuela, and Syria, to which his administration has made so many concessions and in which it has invested so many hopes, and as these very governments stepped up their anti-American efforts, it became all too clear that […]

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From Citizens to “Stakeholders”: The New American Constitution

 

“I’m going to get everybody concerned around a big table where all can express their views and their needs. And I’ll express mine, and that will make sense of them all because I’ll be president.” -Barack Obama, candidate OBAMA WAS NOT KIDDING. Ever since he became president the media have carried accounts of him and […]

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How Our Best and Brightest Think

 

Ark of the Liberties: America and the World By Ted Widmer (Hill & Wang, 384 pages, $25) To what extent has a generation of monopoly over academic life corrupted the monopolists’ intellectual standards? Could it be that our “best” universities’ humanities departments are filled with pretentious poseurs? This book is evidence that the corruption is […]

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Pro-Mexico

 

For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, whether anybody likes it or not, the United States and Mexico are joined at the Rio Grande until the stars fall from the sky. What Geography hath joined together, let no man even think of putting asunder. There is no comparison between […]

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Scientific Pretense vs. Democracy

 

“We will restore science to its rightful place…” —Barack Obama Unpacked, this sentence means: “Under my administration, Americans will have fewer choices about how they live, and fewer choices as voters because, rightfully, those choices should be made by officials who rule by the authority of science.” Thus our new president intends to accelerate a […]

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Osama bin Elvis

 

All the evidence suggests Elvis Presley is more alive today than Osama bin Laden. But tell that to the CIA and all the other misconceptualizers of the War on Terror. Seven years after Osama bin Laden’s last verifiable appearance among the living, there is more evidence for Elvis’s presence among us than for his. Hence […]

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Trust Not Your Handlers

 

Dear Gov. Palin: Congratulations on having survived your introduction to national politics. You left nothing to be desired as you spoke the lines that your handlers in the McCain campaign gave you. Those lines, however, are the kind that would turn almost anyone into Dan Quayle. The following is to warn you against the substance-free, […]

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