What Will Be the New American Cause?

What Will Be the New American Cause?

If Trump wins, borders will be tightened. The U.S. withdrawal from the Mideast will continue. U.S. manufacturing will begin to be repatriated. Transnational institutions will be downgraded, ignored and superseded. The watchword will be what it has lately been: “America First.” After the Great Pandemic has passed and we emerge …

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Will COVID-19 Retire the World's Policeman?

Will COVID-19 Retire the World’s Policeman?

Will this pandemic prove the decisive factor in America’s retreat from global hegemony? For declaring in March that the U.S. economy might be reopened by Easter, President Donald Trump was roundly mocked. Yet, it appears his political instincts were correct. He was more in tune with his country than were …

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What Price Victory -- in the Coronavirus War?

What Price Victory — in the Coronavirus War?

What does this deliberate decision to shut down the country and carpet-bomb our own economy, upon which we all depend, tell us about what we Americans value? The same day the number of U.S. dead from the coronavirus disease hit the 15,000 mark, we also crossed the 15 million mark …

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Trump's Presidency Hangs on One Decision

Trump’s Presidency Hangs on One Decision

The crucial decision Trump will make is to choose the exact moment to reopen the country and the economy, without igniting a new spike in the pandemic that induces despair and causes a panic. Easter may not bring America the victory in the war against the coronavirus pandemic that President …

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When It's Over, Will We Be the Same America?

When It’s Over, Will We Be the Same America?

If March shocked this nation as severely as 9/11, what is coming may be even more sobering. “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully,” said Samuel Johnson. And as it is with men, so it is …

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Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era?

Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era?

Trump should go further, turn the tables, and seize this crisis to do what he was elected to do — impose a new foreign policy. To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq. When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of …

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Must We Kill the Economy to Kill the Virus?

Must We Kill the Economy to Kill the Virus?

How long can the shutdown be sustained if the necessities of life for the unemployed and unpaid begin to run out? Is it necessary to create an economic and social crisis to solve the medical crisis? “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” tweeted the president …

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Will War Derail Trump's Reelection?

Will War Derail Trump’s Reelection?

If there are IEDs on Trump’s road to reelection, they may be found in the Middle and Near East, land of the forever wars, and North Korea. Not infrequently, foreign policy has proven decisive in presidential years. “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” Yogi Berra reminded us. …

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