Roger Kaplan

Roger Kaplan, a Washington-based writer, covers the Middle East and Africa (and tennis) for The American Spectator.

The President as Educator

 

Regarding the president’s language, it is unfortunate it causes such pain to so many gentle souls. You can long for a president with the cadenced eloquence of John F. Kennedy; or you may miss the unerring truth-telling eloquence of Ronald Reagan, reminiscent of the great Daniel Webster, a senatorial model of the sort of language […]

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Stand for Steve Bannon

 

Unsurprisingly, there is a media lynch mob out there waiting to tar and feather Steve Bannon. Count me out, I have no need to join the herd of hyenas, independent minds every man and woman of them. Steve Bannon took over Breitbart News some time after the sad, premature death of its founder, Andrew Breitbart. […]

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Merry Christmas to All — Even David Frum

 

Many years ago — many years ago — the great Hilton Kramer, one of the last of the true New York intellectuals, was sitting with me at the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station — we were at the bar, in the small room to the side — and he said, “You know, Edmund Wilson […]

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Time to Get Organized

 

You know the scene in The Godfather (the movie or the novel) where the mob bosses gather ’round a table — though not a round table, a nice touch — and the character played by Marlon Brando in the movie — I also liked him in The Chase; but I also liked him in On […]

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To Be Thankful

 

They may not have realized it was Thanksgiving, but the French were grateful to their tennis Bleus for their 3-2 win over Belgium in the Davis Cup final this past weekend. They stood and sang the Marseillaise, battle song of the Army of the Rhine: Under our flags, let victory Hasten to your manly tones! […]

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Call Evil by Its Name

 

Charles Manson was the devil. The sentence is not ironic or a figure of speech: the murderer, who died in a California prison this past weekend after completing some 40 years of 12 consecutive life terms, was a personification of evil. It can be argued that many of our contemporaries have difficulty grasping the concept […]

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Zimbabwe: Shake-Up Among the Shonas

 

According to various news sources, including the Voice of America, Army spokesman General Sibusiso Moyo stated categorically that the deposition of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was “not a coup.” Thus thanks to one pithy line by one of the country’s top soldiers regarding the country’s top pol, Zimbabwe will have stayed true to its vocation […]

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Jumpin’ Jack Socks It to ’em in Paris.

 

Jack Sock holds at love with a blazin’ ace to take the second game of the first set in less than a minute. Sock, who looks exactly like the all-American varsity athlete he is, is favored to win the Paris-Bercy tournament, the last Masters 1000 on the men’s tour, but ya never know. His opponent […]

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Where Is Niger?

 

The Niger capital of Niamey was the scene of street clashes the other day, as demonstrators opposed to the government’s proposed 2018 budget reportedly got rowdy. One side evidently claims the tax plan will hurt the poor, the other side says that is not so, it will put pressure on the rich. Dunno. The government […]

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Federer Saves the Day

 

Roger Federer faced match point in what is called “super” or “champions” tie-break: first to ten rather than the seven points needed to close a set. It has been used mainly in ATP doubles tournaments as the third or “decider” set, but until the new Laver Cup was played last week it never was used […]

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