Leftist Revolutions Have No Limits

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has an interesting video on Facebook discussing the legacy of slavery and Confederate statues—particularly the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville where protesters came to blows over the weekend. It is an excellent video. Normally I'd agree with the content 100 percent. Growing up in New York, I had

By | 2017-08-17T14:34:57+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

America: Four Possible Futures

Back in August 2016, I was pleased to have been able to amaze the world with an important literary discovery: a hitherto unknown manuscript by the famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Everyone knows about Kurosawa’s classic 1950 film Rashomon. In that clever post-modernist exercise, the sanguinary tale of the woodcutter, the bandit, the

By | 2017-08-10T20:17:36+00:00 August 8th, 2017|

What Would a Fair Transgender Policy in the Military Look Like?

President Trump’s announcement via Twitter last week that he would discontinue administrative directives ordering the armed forces to accommodate transgender men and women in the military has met with an all-too-predictable response. Democrats are apoplectic, engaging in a mix of virtue signaling and flag waving. Thus my congressman, U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline

By | 2017-08-03T15:56:47+00:00 July 30th, 2017|

America’s Newest Epidemic: Toxic Russophobia

Since Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, a constant drumbeat of Russophobia has resounded throughout the halls of power. Today, the drumbeat has become so deafening that Congress’s already self-imposed inability to legislate has been made even worse, if you can believe it. In turn, this clamorous Russophobia has needlessly blunted the

By | 2017-07-31T18:07:29+00:00 July 27th, 2017|

Why is Everyone Suddenly Quoting Thucydides?

Currently, the historian Thucydides is the object of debate among those within the Trump Administration and its critics, who, like scholars of the last three millennia, focus on lots of differing Thucydidean personas. Did Thucydides warn in deterministic fashion about ascendant powers like Athens that disrupt the existing order of Sparta and its

By | 2017-07-30T20:54:24+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

History is Back!

Not since Teddy Roosevelt occupied the Oval Office have students of history featured so prominently in the U.S. government as they do today. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster holds a Ph.D. in history and is the author of the highly acclaimed Vietnam War history, Dereliction of Duty. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has

By | 2017-07-30T15:38:43+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Ballad of the Unsuccessful Fugitive (Or ‘Never a Dulles Moment’)

Imran Awan, he used to be Wasserman-Schultz's employee, And he did lots of secret stuff— Alas! Not quite secret enough. Imran Awan, I'm sad to say, Said, "Ima gonna runaway," But at the airport ran into Agent Ima Gunna Katchoo. Imran Awan the runaway Perhaps feared he'd be done away With, like some

By | 2017-07-30T10:45:50+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Trump Cancels a Failed CIA Operation—It’s Gotta Be the Russians!

When the Washington Post puts five reporters on a story, it must be important, right? Over the course of the last two days, the Post reported on President Trump’s decision to officially kill “an ineffective and largely defunct” covert CIA program to recruit, train and arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria. We learned about

By | 2017-07-27T10:21:04+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|