Arnold Steinberg

Arnold Steinberg, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is the author of WHIPLASH! From JFK to Donald Trump, A Political Odyssey (forthcoming, July 2017). A political strategist, he authored classic graduate school texts on politics and media.

War and Peace, and Family, and the Lessons

 

“Bomb the hell out of ISIS. Another promise kept.” — @Donald JTrumpJr Green Beret Mark de Alencar, 37, had a wife and five children. Freedom fighter Alencar, of blessed memory, died from combat wounds sustained in Nangarha Province in eastern Afghanistan. Five days later the U.S. dropped the so-called “mother of all bombs” on an […]

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Assad Interruptus?

 

“I really believe that we should have and still should take out Assad’s airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop Sarin gas on them,” proclaimed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, in her serial impersonation of Golda Meir. In 1973 Israeli Prime Minister Meir, as you recall, confronted […]

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Public Television and Radio Remain Unconstitutional

 

Long ago and barely 20 years old, I was a dinner guest at the Georgetown home of Katharine Graham. She had become publisher of the Washington Post five years earlier, when her predecessor (and husband) committed suicide. Not to despair: But I was in the lion’s den, the only conservative of 20 people seated at […]

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So Long, NEA — It’s a Matter of Principle

 

This is not about my hometown newspaper but about America. The Los Angeles Times is a metaphor for the hysterical reaction to the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Friday’s front page included a photo of a young girl playing the violin, as the newspaper offered this subhead: “The NEA works; why […]

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Reality Is Not Phony, Mr. President

 

“They may have been phony in the past but they are real now.” — Sean Spicer, March 10 “This is going to be a new era for American jobs and job creation,” President Donald Trump proclaimed Wednesday in a speech at a World War II bombing factory, now an automotive testing center, in Ypsilanti, near […]

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The Dark State of Political Correctness

 

Strange, but in the final editing of my book, which is much concerned with the American conservative movement, I cannot find a single mention of the “alt-right.” I don’t know what the alt-right is, or anyone in it. Perhaps it supplants the “New Right” — which was more aggressive than the “Old Right”? I’ve never […]

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The Ayn Rand in Donald Trump: The Virtue of America First

 

More than a half century ago the establishment (is there any other kind?) liberal Bennett Cerf (a panelist on the What’s My Line? television game show that ran 17 years), a founder of the venerable Random House, decided that Ayn Rand was provocative. Cerf urged Rand, the founder of Objectivism, to publish a collection of […]

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A Killer Question, A Killer Response: Is America Exceptional?

 

“You think our country’s so innocent?” President Donald Trump responded with a rhetorical question. Bill (allegedly “no spin”) O’Reilly had challenged the president’s seeming amiability toward Vladimir Vladimirovich (he doesn’t use his middle name) Putin. O’Reilly then seemed patronizing, he apparently wanted to tutor President Trump: “Putin’s a killer.” Here is the exchange: O’Reilly: Do […]

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A Modest Proposal — To All Those Boycotting Members of Congress

 

The first time I met Democrat Maxine Waters was nearly a generation ago when she was a Member of the California State Assembly. At the State Capitol with the Republican Minority Leader of the State Assembly, I entered a “Members Only” elevator just as Assemblywoman Waters was about to close the door. She gave the […]

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A Third Intifada? David Friedman Sounds Like a Jewish Donald Trump

 

I knew my good friend David Friedman from high school; we see each other at periodic high school reunions. Two years after high school, I met another David Friedman and soon his father, my hero — the legendary Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. As editor of The New Guard, YAF’s magazine, I enlisted  David to […]

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