View from Britain: Bonfire of the Pieties

Liberals haven’t taken the election of Donald Trump in stride. No, the seemingly grown adults who’ve spent the last 12 months donning pussy hats, then deeming said hats “transphobic,” and next screaming at the sky and weeping madly at every salt-mining Trump tweet, haven’t quite progressed to the acceptance stage of grief. Not

By | 2018-01-15T10:34:30+00:00 January 14th, 2018|

Another Mideast War?

In romantic tones echoing the 2003 Iraq campaign, protests in Iran have inspired maudlin swooning by interventionists. “It’s the West’s job in these coming weeks to support our real allies, the Iranian people demanding freedom," said Bill Kristol the other day. Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton proclaimed “our goal should be regime change

By | 2018-01-08T07:19:28+00:00 January 7th, 2018|

‘Paris is the Capital of France. Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel’

London, Paris, Rome—cities that are familiar to most Americans. And even if you can’t find them on the map, you know that it only takes a few clicks to learn all you need to know about them. (Buckingham Palace, where the Queen lives. The Eiffel Tower, completed in 1889. Three coins in the

By | 2017-12-20T15:04:49+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

A Jacksonian Manifesto

Administrations by law must publish strategic manifestoes. Indeed, the Goldwater–Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of October 4, 1986 required every subsequent government to issue periodic and formal national strategic strategy blueprints. Most of these documents dating from the Reagan Administration are blah-blah boilerplate announcements of the obvious. They offer platitudinous promises of

By | 2017-12-19T09:39:08+00:00 December 18th, 2017|

Trump’s Jerusalem Gambit Recalls Harry Truman

When the United States recognized the Jewish state of Israel, it sent shockwaves throughout the international system. Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is as historic as Harry Truman’s move in 1948. In fact, the announcement last week is probably the most consequential foreign policy decision of the young

By | 2017-12-10T14:12:32+00:00 December 10th, 2017|

An America First National Security Strategy

The Trump Administration continues to run circles around its detractors. In an historically unusual move, President Donald Trump will be unveiling his administration’s first National Security Strategy (NSS) memo soon. Required by the Goldwater-Nichols Act, the National Security Strategy memo is a document that is released by the executive branch of the United

By | 2017-12-07T13:56:01+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Is Tolerance a Virtue?

We know what the Left hates about conservatives. In her losing campaign for president, Hillary Clinton articulated her litany of the deplorables: “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.” You’ll note that each one of these indictments is part of a taxonomy, a pseudo-scientific cultural-Marxist system of “isms” designed to categorize and thus dehumanize

By | 2017-12-01T09:26:49+00:00 November 30th, 2017|

Turkey Is No Ally

Turkey has turned its back on the West. To be fair, we in the West didn’t do much to prevent it. When Turkey sought entry into the European Union, other members balked and resisted—though not without reason. Many Europeans were alarmed by the rise of Turkey’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP). The

By | 2017-11-20T09:06:23+00:00 November 19th, 2017|