The president was widely seen as incompetent, naïve, hostile to the professional experts in the bureaucracy, if not an outright traitor, paid off by the nation’s ancient enemies. The traditional political establishment, the intelligence services, and the career federal police were proven patriots and experts, who saw a tragedy unfolding before their eyes.
On May 11, 2011, the Obama Administration authorized the U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six to conduct a daring raid into the heart of Pakistan. Abbottabad, Pakistan is the home of the Pakistan military’s most prestigious academy. It also has a very posh VIP section of town where there are very large, private compounds.
It requires a bit of perspective to see the trend in Washington: nothing fails to succeed like success. When presidents have threatened the Washington condominium of Tweedledee liberal Democrats and barely distinguishable Tweedledum Republicans, and then were seen as successes, opposition flaked off in retreat. So it was with Richard Nixon, who arrived
There is much that our 45th president can find to admire in our 34th, Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower was both one of the top American presidents of all time, and one of the greatest generals of the Second World War. Because of his commitment to meeting the challenges of his day and
The arrival of a column by National Review founder William F. Buckley was almost always of some intellectual and literary significance. With his high command of the English language, Buckley would explore a vexing question of public policy or pillory an unsuspecting political opponent. He often made quick work of arguments that were
Rush Limbaugh has always had a keen talent for rooting out liberal assumptions. A gadfly to the ruling class, the broadcasting powerhouse has the unique (and almost philosophic) talent of angering the Beltway literati while at the same time edifying his audience. On his radio show last week, Limbaugh sensed he had happened
This year marks the 100th anniversary of a major shakeup in the modern world—a disruption caused by the actions of the United States and Russia that seemed insignificant at first, but which had dramatic consequences as subsequent events later showed. With some reluctance, our nation ultimately became the major force for good in
While promoting her new book, This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) explained why America’s middle class was disappearing. In Warren’s view, the reason is simple: it’s all Ronald Reagan’s fault. The crux of Warren’s argument is that
President Trump is criticized for things he has done and for things he has left undone. What is unreasonable is the additional arbitrary standard to which he, like all modern presidents, is held liable: what he has accomplished, and failed to, in his first hundred days in office. Why is the figure of
My friend Rob Koons is less cynical than I am. He thinks that a “reformed [National Endowment for the Humanities] could be the spear point for cultural renewal on a large scale.” Having a lower estimation of the essentially unshiftable denizens of the NEH (and NEA) bureaucracy, I think Trump was right to