Bourbon Doesn’t Matter (and Other Hard Truths About Trade)

President Trump promised to put America first when it comes to foreign trade. Most conservatives think this is a good thing: why should we let Japan manipulate its currency with impunity? Why does the U.S. government allow China to dump below-cost goods into the American market, killing local industries? These concerns are reasonable.

By | 2017-07-24T20:05:12+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

Donald Trump vs. the Post-West

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, our civilization and to set free suffering humanity....and we know that by thy grace, and the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph." Who wrote those words? Someone

By | 2017-07-22T10:33:17+00:00 July 18th, 2017|

Donald Trump as Pericles

I have no idea who wrote the rousing speech that Donald Trump delivered Thursday in Warsaw. But I think I know who might have provided a model: Pericles of Athens. As I noted yesterday, the speech contained the usual quota of diplomacy-speak, freshened up with numerous specific advisories: the US stands behind Article

By | 2017-07-12T14:32:11+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

On Trump’s Defense of the West: “Every Foot of Ground, Every Last Inch”

President Trump’s remarkable speech in Poland on Thursday reminded me in some respects of Churchill’s Zurich Speech, Solzhenitsyn’s Warnings to the West, Coolidge’s Speech on the Declaration, and, at the end, of Churchill’s speech of June 4, 1940, to the House of Commons (“We shall fight on the beaches...”). Yet the president’s speech

By | 2017-07-10T11:37:10+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

What Is NATO Good For Today?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has lost its purpose. Created following the devastation of the Second World War, NATO was intended to “keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” Throughout the Cold War, NATO proved to be an effective cudgel stunting the revolutionary push of Soviet Communism into Western

By | 2017-07-24T22:11:45+00:00 June 4th, 2017|