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).

Iran: Arms Control Meets the Kübler-Ross Model

 

In 1969, Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross proposed her famed Five Stages of Grief model. In an eerie resemblance, her model can be applied to Western arms controllers as to how they deal with arms control violations by totalitarian regimes that cheat on agreements they make with Western powers. The K-R model states that patients diagnosed […]

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Free Speech 2017 — At War With the Framers of 1787

 

James Madison, prime drafter of the Bill of Rights, would be appalled to find marauding mobs curbing speakers, but not surprised. This and much more that illuminates today’s struggle over freedom of speech is the subject of a compact volume, The Soul of the First Amendment, by legendary First Amendment constitutional scholar Floyd Abrams. Abrams […]

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Loyalty and Presidents

 

Much has been made of President Trump’s asking his former FBI director for “loyalty” allegedly being improper — in Beltway-speak, “inappropriate.” This arises because loyalty, post-Watergate, has been construed to be blind loyalty — “my president, right or wrong.” This is a caricatured definition of loyalty. No one would argue that if President Trump dispatched […]

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About Trump’s First 100 Days: An Ungentlemanly ‘B’

 

Before prescribing a path for improvement, we begin with a final report card for The Donald’s first 100 days as a student at Presidents University, 1600 Penn. Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20500. 100-Day Report Card: Donald J. Trump (Pres. Class of 2020) Overall Grade: B Donald is a quick presidential study, and has done remarkably […]

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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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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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