The Eclipse of Europe

The Eclipse of Europe

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Not only is the center of political gravity shifting from Europe to Asia, European unity seems a thing of the past. As Britain has left the EU, Scotland is considering secession from England. Catalonia is still thinking of secession from Spain. Sardinia is considering secession from Italy. Poland and Hungary …

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20 Years after 9/11 -- Are We Better Off?

20 Years after 9/11 — Are We Better Off?

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Looking back at the half dozen Mideast wars in which we have engaged since that first 9/11, where are we better off now than we were then? Al-Qaida, ISIS, Boko Haram and their variants have established a presence in Arab, Asian and African countries far beyond Afghanistan. Looking forward, where …

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Is Democracy Versus Autocracy the New Cold War?

Is Democracy Versus Autocracy the New Cold War?

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Are we really in an ideological war with Vladimir Putin’s Russia today, as we were during the Cold War with Stalin’s USSR? “He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB.” So said President Franklin D. Roosevelt of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, and how very American. For, from its first …

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In Afghanistan, the Worst Is Yet to Come

In Afghanistan, the Worst Is Yet to Come

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After Aug. 31, the fate of those left behind will be determined by the Taliban, and we will be made witness to the fate the Taliban imposes. This generation is about to learn what it means to lose a war. Say what you will about President Joe Biden, he has …

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The Bitter Fruits of Interventionism

The Bitter Fruits of Interventionism

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One of the principal casualties of Kabul is the establishment’s grand vision of a U.S. foreign policy for the new century — where liberalism and democratic capitalism have won the battle for the future, and the U.S., victorious in the Cold War, would lead the world in the realization of …

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Aftermath of an Afghanistan Debacle

Aftermath of an Afghanistan Debacle

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Yet, given the character of the Taliban, as revealed in its previous tenure, and the desire for revenge against those who have been killing Taliban comrades, the future looks grim for those left behind. In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete. The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a …

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JFK -- Accept Our Diverse World as It Is

JFK — Accept Our Diverse World as It Is

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Kennedy was asking us to recognize that the world consists not only of democrats but also of autocrats, dictatorships, military regimes, monarchs and politburos, and the goal of U.S. foreign policy was not to convert them into political replicas of the USA.    Kennedy was willing to put our political model …

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Boris Johnson Defies Vladimir Putin's Claim to Crimea

Boris Johnson Defies Vladimir Putin’s Claim to Crimea

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Britain’s challenge to Russia, a few kilometers off Crimea, could have resulted in a shooting incident that could have forced a U.S. response against Russia. And that raises some serious questions: …Did President Joe Biden or the Pentagon tell Johnson that if Defender were attacked, U.S. forces would have their …

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