The Grand Old Banana Republic

Name the country that I am describing: A popular political figure rises to power in the midst of a contentious period of division. He espouses great aspirations and represents a break with a past mired in corruption, deceit, and war. Upon assuming power, this leader expands the size and scope of the government—aggregating ever greater

By | 2017-04-05T16:56:27+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

What’s In a Doctrine?

The Claremont Institute sponsored an event in Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago called “Conservatism in the Trump Era.” There, the speakers explained, in keeping with Plato’s Republic, “the foreign policy of a sensible nation is never devoted to the good of other nations, unless the good of another nation directly promotes the existence

By | 2017-04-03T05:32:04+00:00 March 25th, 2017|

Does Europe Treasure NATO Again?

It is a bit rich to hear Europeans insist that any Trump Administration doubts about NATO’s usefulness is heresy—given their occasional popular indifference to and ambiguity about the alliance. In current journalistic groupthink, Donald Trump has endangered NATO by suggesting a) it does not have a clearly defined role and needs to find one for

By | 2017-03-22T11:08:24+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|

Beware the Headline Trap: Tillerson to Meet With NATO Ministers—on Wednesday

“Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April—sources,” read the headline of a Reuters story first published Monday. “Well, that doesn’t seem right. It also seems politically stupid,” I thought, before I clicked on the article and read it. Turns out, the headline is misleading at best, and downright dishonest at worst. Yes,

By | 2017-03-21T12:23:51+00:00 March 21st, 2017|

Iraq: A War in Three Acts

Americans love a good story. Pop culture is littered with the fictional tales of heroic characters. The majority of stories today still follow a three-act structure that dates back to Aristotle. Epic films start with the hero called to action in the first act; then the tension rises in the second (how will our hero

By | 2017-03-18T19:30:10+00:00 March 18th, 2017|

A Dangerous Idiocracy in Washington, D.C.

"Smart Sidewalk," Dumb Reporting: Pavegen's special pavers near DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C. are supposed to capture energy from foot traffic. They haven't worked as advertised. We on the Right have been awfully mean to The Washington Post, calling the paper’s  so-called reporters glorified Democrat stenographers, so dumb they can’t tell you who

By | 2017-02-19T16:10:51+00:00 February 19th, 2017|

China Doesn’t Want a Better Deal

Donald J. Trump campaigned on a platform that he was going to make the greatest deals imaginable for the United States. According to this view, he rightly criticized the way that China has cheated the United States. In fact, he appointed Peter Navarro to be the head of the White House National Trade Council. In

By | 2017-02-18T07:48:03+00:00 February 18th, 2017|

How Can Trump Survive the Fall of Mike Flynn?

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday in the midst of what looks on the surface to be a fairly overblown scandal. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday told reporters President Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation due in part because of the “evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation.”

By | 2017-02-15T16:21:31+00:00 February 14th, 2017|

Dispatch from ‘The Resistance’: California Bills Would Hasten Indoctrination

California legislators, with all of the foresight of a newspaper columnist, have scanned the news pages in search of new monsters to destroy. With the shock of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve alighted upon “fake news” and “the Russian hackers.” Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael plans to introduce legislation that would require the state adopt

By | 2017-01-27T07:26:50+00:00 January 27th, 2017|