The Grand Old Banana Republic

Name the country that I am describing: A popular political figure rises to power in the midst of a contentious period of division. He espouses great aspirations and represents a break with a past mired in corruption, deceit, and war. Upon assuming power, this leader expands the size and scope of the government—aggregating ever greater

By | 2017-04-05T16:56:27+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

What’s In a Doctrine?

The Claremont Institute sponsored an event in Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago called “Conservatism in the Trump Era.” There, the speakers explained, in keeping with Plato’s Republic, “the foreign policy of a sensible nation is never devoted to the good of other nations, unless the good of another nation directly promotes the existence

By | 2017-04-03T05:32:04+00:00 March 25th, 2017|

The War for the Trump Presidency Just Escalated—Bigly

Oh, you thought Jeff Sessions was a big story, did you? So much for that. President Trump on Saturday morning dropped a bombshell—several, actually—in his Twitter feed. The president accused his predecessor of wiretapping Trump Tower ahead of last year’s election. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837989835818287106 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837993273679560704 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837994257566863360 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837996746236182529 Both the New York Times and the Washington Post published stories

By | 2017-03-04T23:36:57+00:00 March 4th, 2017|

McMaster is a Promising Choice

President Trump’s selection of Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his national security adviser has been widely praised, and rightly so. McMaster is a remarkable man cut from the same cloth as the new secretary of defense, Jim Mattis. Both are inspirational leaders. Both are thoughtful, well-read “soldier-scholars.” Both are clear thinkers and straight

By | 2017-02-22T13:35:17+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|

How Can Trump Survive the Fall of Mike Flynn?

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday in the midst of what looks on the surface to be a fairly overblown scandal. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday told reporters President Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation due in part because of the “evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation.”

By | 2017-02-15T16:21:31+00:00 February 14th, 2017|

Exiting Afghanistan Through India

For 16 years, the war in Afghanistan has raged with no end in sight. Indeed, it has become America’s longest war. Now that Donald Trump is president, the United States  has a pristine opportunity to conclude this costly war. President Trump has expressed a willingness to deploy more U.S. troops in order to win in Afghanistan. The

By | 2017-02-07T09:51:10+00:00 February 7th, 2017|

Farewell Decius and Safe Landing

Regular readers of American Greatness know that among the names on our masthead is Publius Decius Mus. "Decius," as he is generally known around here, has been a contributing editor at AG and has worked with us since we conceived the idea, early last spring, of reviving a place for sharing the kinds of arguments he and his compatriots

By | 2017-02-02T15:03:10+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|

#Pissgate: A Primer

#Pissgate: A Primer CIA: Yo just so you guys know, someone who's been credible in the past put together this document saying Russia might have blackmail material on president-elect Trump. We're looking into it. Will let you know when we know more.       Obama: k Trump: k Congressional leaders: k Leaker: EYO CNN

By | 2017-01-11T11:27:10+00:00 January 11th, 2017|