John C. Wohlstetter

John C. Wohlstetter is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and London Center for Policy Research, and author of Sleepwalking With the Bomb (2d Ed. 2014).

Caravans, Congress, and the Courts

 

President Trump has threatened to permanently close the U.S.-Mexico border if he cannot strike a deal with the incoming Mexican government, under which migrants will await in Mexico the outcome of court fights in the U.S. If he succeeds, the immediate danger that the caravan would simply overrun the border as the courts paralyze the administration […]

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Caravan 2018: Invasion By Emigration

 

Trump’s Ace of Trumps. President Trump’s November 1 immigration address (21:13) described America as “a welcoming country” whose generosity to immigrants is without parallel anywhere, but one facing limits on what we can absorb. His main points: (a) America needs immigrants on a merit basis, waiting their turn; (b) our immigration laws are “incompetent and Democrats […]

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After Brett: Show Trials, Showdowns, or ‘So Long!’?

 

The searing, destructive psychodrama that began with the public airing of sexual assault charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been well-framed by essayist Lance Morrow as two parallel black & white films: Advise and Consent and Rashomon; the former a classic Hollywood 1962 drama; the latter a celebrated 1950 art film by Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese […]

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GOP Nominees: Fords in Their Future?

 

The #MeToo mugging of Judge Brett Kavanaugh jumps the shark. Ahead — at least, for GOP nominees — are vicious smear campaigns orchestrated by Democrats and their allies in leftist media. Some will fail, while others succeed; but all will collectively deter potential nominees from putting themselves — and, most contemptibly, further deter them by […]

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Oslo Turns 25: Is Jordan the Palestinian Future?

 

Pseudo-Peace. On September 13, 1993, a bright, sunny day in Washington, D.C., the Oslo Accords were signed at the White House. After the indoor signing came the famous White House Lawn triple handshake linking President Clinton, Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief Yasir Arafat. (Clinton had promised Rabin that he would […]

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The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Great

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent comment — “We’re not going to make America great again; it was never that great” — was a swipe at President Trump’s signature theme. It would have made for a political self-immolation within 24 hours, in yesterday’s America. No politician, in either major party, could have survived such a gaffe. It brings […]

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The Huns of August 2018

 

While Americans enjoy the beach, the geostrategic world spins crazily on its increasingly wobbly axis. The Dog Days of Summer offer space to survey a number of pressing concerns and try to see where we stand and better anticipate where we might be going. Selecting salient issues is made harder by the sheer plenitude of […]

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SCOTUS 9: Guides or Guardians?

 

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh bids fair to push the Supreme Court away from “penumbras” and other confabulations that have blighted the Court’s product for decades. Naturally, the Oppo Left got a jump-start at NYU, where students (and one faculty member) publicly savaged Trump’s pick — on Saturday, two days before Trump announced his choice. […]

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Palestinian Swastikas: Where’s the Outrage?

 

Sunday, June 10 marked the 51st anniversary of the end of the Six-Day War, in which Israel decisively defeated Egypt and Jordan. As it happens, Hamas’s rolling assault on Israel’s Gaza fence is drawing to an end after nearly three months. What significant lesson can we draw from this latest round of Palestinian aggression? Three notable […]

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Normandy Visit: Saluting The Greatest Generation

 

The week of May 8 to 15 closed a chapter in my life whose first pages were written in France before I made my 1947 debut, in New York City. My father’s first cousin, William Friedman, authored those pages by deed. Bill enlisted in the Army in 1938 and made the first of his three […]

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