Feeling Berned in Budapest

During a recent trip to Budapest, I met an American liberal who took just 47 minutes to tell me to go and screw myself. Well, she dressed that suggestion in more forceful garb, I’ll admit. The triggering of such familiar vitriol was innocent enough. I “deceived” her, she said. She was “so mad

By | 2018-05-25T14:30:06+00:00 May 26th, 2018|

One Nation

Editor’s note: This essay appears in the Spring 2018 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Reprinted by kind permission of the Claremont Institute.  In 1993 the president of the American Society for International Law called for a “campaign to extirpate the term [‘sovereignty’] and forbid its use in polite political and intellectual company.” Such a proscription

By | 2018-05-25T11:55:49+00:00 May 25th, 2018|

For European Action on Iran, Look Beyond Berlin

Mainstream views of European politics very rarely look past the Franco-German motor. President Trump’s verdict on the European Union as “basically a vehicle for Germany” accepts this common view among Western policymakers. But a resurgent European periphery offers Trump’s administration a chance to reshape the power dynamic in Brussels to Washington’s advantage. Major

By | 2018-05-16T18:19:42+00:00 May 17th, 2018|

‘Vaffanculo!’ What Americans Can Learn from Italy’s Election

Italian populists, whose slogan suggests that their opponents to go and fornicate elsewhere, are set to form a government with the Mediterranean edition of President Trump. Liberals the world over should be bawling into their Himalayan goat saliva smoothies anytime now. After months of wrangling, Luigi Di Maio’s Five Star Movement, whose “vaffanculo!”

By | 2018-05-13T11:02:20+00:00 May 13th, 2018|

American and French Interests Do Not Align in the Middle East

The French came to Washington. They saw, but they did not conquer. America’s relationship with France may be its oldest, but it is certainly not its strongest—and no amount of creepy kisses and awkward hugs between French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump could ever change that reality. This is particularly true now

By | 2018-05-03T09:06:09+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|

Trump Gives Merkel Some Tough Love

On the heels of the near love fest between French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, the White House hosted a meeting with a rather frigid German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump publicly (and appropriately) lambasted Germany for its unwillingness to live up to its NATO commitments. The president also beautifully ripped into Merkel

By | 2018-04-29T12:26:39+00:00 April 29th, 2018|

Conservative Dissent on Syria: An Interview with Peter Hitchens

I was reading George Will on Syria. The piece consists of this: Obligatory reference to the Germans dropping chemical weapons. Wikipedia level knowledge of the types of weapons and a strained causal link to Israel's motivations in destroying Syrian airfield, completely oblivious of the greater strategic considerations. Mild Wikipedia level history to show

By | 2018-04-19T15:57:42+00:00 April 19th, 2018|

The Blair Kitsch Project

The insufferably honest chap who cajoled Great Britain into the Iraq War based on “intelligence” not even Buzzfeed would credit, thinks his countrymen’s historic vote to leave his beloved European Union was “riddled with lies.” Tony Blair, who touted a “sexed-up” dossier to jump into bed with president George W. Bush before ablazing

By | 2018-04-13T12:44:49+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

The Creeping and Creepy March of the Progressive Totalitarian Impulse

As a foreigner living in the United Kingdom, the first thought that occurred to me watching “The Death of Stalin” last month was how bleak and absurdist British dark humor is, compared to American humor. Of course, Jason Isaacs looks and acts more like Marshal Rokossovsky than Marshal Zhukov, but that is a nitpicking of an international

By | 2018-04-11T12:04:12+00:00 April 11th, 2018|

Can Anything Shock a Khan?

London sautéed in blood this week, as its furied denizens stabbed, shot, and robbed, eclipsing for the first time New York City’s murder rate. Meanwhile, Mayor Sadiq Khan, darling of the anti-Trump British faction, schmoozed and selfied with preening liberal groupies in Texas. But, don’t worry. All is well on this sceptred isle.

By | 2018-04-09T09:52:14+00:00 April 9th, 2018|