F.H. Buckley

F.H. Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason School of Law and the author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (forthcoming April 2016, Encounter Books).

From Comey to Strzok to Mueller

 

What’s the take-away from the Inspector-General’s Report about Comey and the FBI? The left is going to spin it as a vindication of their narrative. The New York Times even let Comey write an op-ed claiming the report backs him. That’s hogwash, and it looks as though he wrote the op-ed before he read the report, […]

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Failure to Pass the Manliness Test

 

Justin Trudeau plays host at the G-7 meeting in Quebec on Friday, and there he’ll meet Donald Trump. I’d love to be a fly on the wall and hear what they say about the tariffs on Canada we announced last week. I don’t think Justin is going to enjoy it, for two reasons. First, Trump […]

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Fire Bolton

 

Do you remember the story of the dog in the manger? It’s an old Greek myth. A dog lies in the manger, surrounded by hay. The dog can’t eat hay. Only horses eat hay. But the dog won’t let the horses into the manger to eat. That’s North Korea. The hay is North Korea’s nuclear […]

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Prosecute Comey?

 

One of the questions that emerges from Thursday’s extraordinary Senate hearings was whether James Comey breached any legal or moral duties in leaking his story to the press, as he did through Daniel Richman, his friend at Columbia Law School. One of those moral lapses might have involved revealing Richman’s identity, as Comey did in […]

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Trump at the Vatican: The Secret Transcript

 

Your Holiness, thank you for inviting me here. I am so honored. You know that a majority of American Catholics voted for me last November. It made the difference. States like Pennsylvania, Michigan. I wouldn’t be here without their support. And I am honored for that too. Some Catholics didn’t support me, of course. But […]

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The 100-Yard Dash

 

We’re all playing the 100-day game, and it’s kind of silly. What’s Trump done since January 20 last? But that’s like asking who won the first 100 yards in a marathon. The only game that really matters is the 1,285 game. That’s the number of days till the 2020 election. But then the mind does […]

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Our Cuban Missile Crisis Moment

 

Nobody much noticed, but we just had a new Cuban Missile Crisis. Remember the last one? The Soviets tried to place missiles in Cuba and we interdicted the Russian ships. For a moment it looked like WWIII but then Khrushchev backed down and the Soviet ships returned home. When he heard this, Robert Kennedy turned […]

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That Was the Week That Was

 

That Was the Week That Was was the name of an old BBC review of the news. It’s also an apt summary of the last week in America, of the first week of the new Trump administration. It’s also the first time the Trump election really hit home for me. Don’t get me wrong. I […]

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In Victory, Magnanimity

 

As we begin a new year, those of us who astutely backed Trump from the get-go might want to ask ourselves how we might show magnanimity to our opponents. That’s what Churchill recommended, after a victory, and he was right about that as he was about most things. For Hillary, things are understandably rough, and […]

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Explaining Obama

 

Obama’s recent betrayal of Israel helps explain a minor diplomatic incident early in his administration, in which the U.S. opposed Canada’s appointment to a seat on the Security Council. Canada, at the time, was governed by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, and would have voted against the recent Security Council resolution on Israel, which America covertly sponsored […]

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