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Next Year in Jerusalem: Riyadh Is Not Mecca

 

“Prior commitment,” I replied politely, but disingenuously. Given my questions about justice in Saudi Arabia, the aide to the Governor of Riyadh had invited me to a beheading “Friday at noon” at what my American embassy escort called “chop chop square.” This was more than three decades ago. The Governor of Riyadh of the House […]

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Trump’s Middle Eastern Tour

 

The day before President Trump landed in Saudi Arabia on his first presidential visit abroad Secretary of Defense James Mattis declared that we were not intending just to defeat ISIS in Syria. President Trump, Mattis said, had authorized the military to conduct the campaign without political micromanagement. Mattis described our objective in the anti-ISIS campaign […]

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Impeachment Pandemic

 

As Sigmund Freud first warned, when virtually everything one person does leads another to the same compulsive conclusion, one may assume this is very important to those with the fixation and that if they get the chance they will likely do what they can to carry-out their obsession. The first warning was a New York […]

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Toward a Restoration of Gravitas in the Middle East

 

Observe, first of all, that President Donald Trump took the battle to the enemy. By contrast, and in order to not let bygones be bygones, President Barack Obama let the enemy define the battle. The 44th president, a Democrat, took the terror out of Islam; for this, he won a Nobel Peace Prize, as the […]

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A Scrap Yard Named Desire

 

Three of New Orleans’ four contentious Confederate monuments have been spotted surrounded by derelict police cars, piles of old tires, and other assorted junk in a scrap yard in the neighborhood known as Desire. The New Orleans Advocate reports that the statues of Jefferson Davis and PGT Beauregard are “sitting in an unlocked storage yard, […]

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Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free

 

How odd: During the eight years of one of America’s shadiest presidencies, not one Obama administration official went to prison. Or was convicted of a crime. Or even indicted. Sure, Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held plenty of hearings. But while they called countless press conferences, not one […]

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A Tax Cut Will Boost Jobs and Growth: Is That Too Hard to Understand?

 

A recent front page story in the Wall Street Journal opines that 3 percent economic growth isn’t achievable. It argues that 2 to 2.5 percent growth is the best we can do because of low labor force and productivity growth. Who says America can’t grow faster? The long-term growth path for the U.S. economy from […]

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Trump’s Road to Riyadh

 

Washington In the long list of things that few would have anticipated last year, consider this scenario: President Donald Trump starting his first foreign trip in Saudi Arabia, where he expects a strong welcome from Muslim leaders. Critics at least would not be surprised at the circumstances, Trump skipping town leaving a trail of bad […]

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The Rosenstein Doctrine

 

A few respectful thoughts on Special Prosecutors. First of all, now that we know we can have Special Prosecutors without there being any meaningful evidence of a crime, or in fact any evidence at all of a crime besides gossip and endless political campaigning, let’s have a Special Prosecutor for Maxine Waters. She’s the screaming […]

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World Exclusive II

 

The American Spectator can now report a follow-up on the World Exclusive we published on May 17, with a correction. Our May 17 story reported that James B. Comey was caught on surveillance cameras in the White House blowing his nose on the curtains. The surveillance tapes have been turned over to Attorney General Jeff […]

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