John C. Wohlstetter

John C. Wohlstetter is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and London Center for Policy Research, author of Sleepwalking With the Bomb, and founder of the issues blog Letter From the Capitol.

Russia Then & Now: A Tale of Two Visits

 

In 1985 I spent 13 days in Russia — then officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), but which I will call Russia for reader convenience. I traveled with 100 others, under the august auspices of the Smithsonian Institution. After 32 years and countless tectonic intervening events, I recently returned to what — no […]

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Russia Then & Now: A Tale of Two Visits

 

In 1985 I spent 13 days in Russia — then officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), but which I will call Russia for reader convenience. I traveled with 100 others, under the august auspices of the Smithsonian Institution. After 32 years and countless tectonic intervening events, I recently returned to what — no […]

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‘Seven Days in May’ Lite: Killing Trump Softly

 

In 1962, authors Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey published a novel, Seven Days in May, about a nearly successful right-wing military takeover of the federal government by generals appalled by a nuclear disarmament accord placed before the Senate for ratification. The plotters saw the treaty as a naïve giveaway to the Russians that they felt […]

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Confirmation Crack-Up: Congress Craters

 

It has long been evident that the process of confirming legions of appointees — which takes place even as countless legislative matters are considered — has overwhelmed the resources of Congress to expeditiously process them. Administrations find that many positions are unfilled even as Congress recesses for the summer — some 200 days into the […]

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Presidential Post-Voting Pyromania: How to Stop It

 

The 73 days between the Nov. 8 election and President Trump’s inauguration saw Democrats adopt a “scorched earth” policy: seeking recounts in Rustbelt states; openly calling on electors to switch (which ultimately backfired, as Hillary lost 5 EVs to Trump’s 2); and finally, challenging the legitimacy of the vote by asserting that purported Russian hacks […]

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Obama’s Palestine Punchout

 

It is possible that President Obama actually believes that his 11th hour Mideast madness at the UN — stealthily coordinated with the Palestinians, according to Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu; initiated by the U.S., according to the Egyptians — will foster peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict. This is so delusional that if his belief is in […]

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Elector Roulette: ‘Faithless’ Fakeout!

 

The Numbers. Mark December 19, 2016 as the day that electoral vote post-election follies became a game of roulette: The Democrats pointed the gun and pulled the trigger — and found out that the chamber was indeed loaded, but the electoral-vote gun was pointed in the wrong direction (go to 1:27:55 – 1:29:00). While two […]

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Election 2016 Finale: Whither Goest the Electors?

 

Start with the latest flash: 56 Electors, all save one Democrats, have asked the government to brief Electors nationwide Monday — the day they vote for President and Vice President — on the alleged Russian hacking into Democratic databases. Behind this push is a group founded by two Democratic Electors called Hamilton Electors (HE), whose stated […]

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Popular Vote Realities 2016: Trump Ascendant

 

“Hillary won the popular vote!” has become the mantra for those feeling major post-election blues. This makes Trump’s election, they hold, illegitimate. There are myriad problems with this assessment. First, it is constitutionally illiterate. Second, it is true only in the narrowest measure for popular support: raw numbers nationwide. Third, had millions of GOP votes […]

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After Trump’s Triumphathon

 

November 9, 2016 — Trump’s win was confirmed early morning on the 9th — marked exactly 27 years since the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. In a sense, in 27 years we’ve traveled from Berlin to Brexit, from multitudes freed from Communist tyranny to voters seeking release from rule by remote dictatorial elites. Though […]

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