If you were to view the evolution of politics in the West in traditional left versus right terms, you undoubtedly would see the political preferences of most people have shifted leftward. Just look at how most Americans view federal spending: total government spending (federal, state, and local) accounts for 37.7 percent of the
The United States is no longer the sole superpower in the world. Of course, it is the most dominant force on the planet, but that dominance—relative to the capabilities of other countries—has declined. Revanchist states, such as Russia, China, or Iran—even “friendly” states that have become disenchanted by the West, such as Turkey—are
The estimated price tag on President Trump’s “big, beautiful” southern border wall is $25 billion—a paltry sum compared with the ways government otherwise fritters away taxpayers’ dollars. Yet a government shutdown looms—and Democrats can’t have that. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) paid a visit to
Vladimir Putin, a man who styles himself a Russian nationalist and neo-imperialist, famously lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical disaster of the [twentieth] century.” Putin was wrong. It was the collapse of the British Empire that proved disastrous for the world—and particularly for U.S. foreign policy. Before the
Ann Coulter thinks Donald J. Trump will be the last Republican president ever. She might be right. In fact, in my darkest moments, I have feared as much. After all, there hasn’t been a Republican like Trump in more than a generation—and there aren’t any like him on the horizon. Who will replace
Yemen has become the latest battleground in a regional intra-religious semi-cold war between the Sunni Arab states, nominally led by Saudi Arabia, and the Shiite-dominated Islamic Republic of Iran. The stakes are high as the two sides compete for primacy in a region that is home to a large portion of the world’s
Birthed in opposition to empire, the United States of America, did not therefore and simply abandon its interest in expansion. The great Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis argued that the purpose of America’s westward expansion (along with the Monroe Doctrine) was to protect the nation’s “core” of the original 13 states from attack.
The small democratic state of Israel finds itself outnumbered—and potentially outgunned—as the Iranian threat, supported by its Hezbollah terrorist allies, amasses to its north. Recently, though, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got itself in an even bigger mess. After allowing for Qatar to transfer $15 million in financial aid and
The French and the Germans say they are intent on building a European Army independent of the United States. Don’t laugh. “We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign way,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters earlier this week. German Chancellor
In 1913, the world was experiencing one of the greatest moments of relative peace in recorded history. At the end of the Napoleonic Wars a century earlier, the victorious European powers had convened the historic Congress of Vienna and devised an amicable balance of power that was meant to end great power conflict.