Autocracy vs. Democracy or China vs. America?

Autocracy vs. Democracy or China vs. America?

Nor does Biden’s faith in small “d” democracy appear to have been shared by the men who founded the United States as a “republic, if you can keep it.” They saw democracy not as some object of veneration but as a danger to be avoided. “I’ve known Xi Jinping for …

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Of Rioters, Protesters & Patriots

Of Rioters, Protesters & Patriots

About the morality and justice of the rampage of rioting in the wake of Floyd’s death, and the sole riot at the Capitol, the media are the self-anointed judges. They decide which riots are benign and which are malignant, which should receive an empathetic response, and which should end with …

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A Historic Presidency

A Historic Presidency

Can anyone believe that Bush Republicans or the “Never-Trumpers” are the future of the party when one considers the massive and visceral reaction of millions of Trump voters even to the idea of conceding his defeat in this election? In the first two decades of the century, President-elect Joe Biden’s …

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What the Next President Faces

What the Next President Faces

Given the cards he has been dealt in 2020, and the hatred of the media he daily confronts, it is astonishing that Trump retains his energy and enthusiasm for the battle. Most presidents would have long ago been broken… Should Joe Biden win, he would be, on Jan. 20, 2021, …

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Is This How Europe Ends?

Is This How Europe Ends?

Will these migrants and asylum seekers become good Europeans? Or will they create in the great cities of Europe enclaves that replicate the conditions in the African and Middle East countries whence they came? “Fortress Europe is an illusion.” So declares the Financial Times in the closing line of its …

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Is Macron Right? Is NATO, 70, Brain Dead?

Is Macron Right? Is NATO, 70, Brain Dead?

Among the reasons Trump is president is that he raised provocative questions about NATO and Russia left unaddressed for three decades, as U.S. policy has been on cruise control since the Cold War. A week from now, the 29 member states of “the most successful alliance in history” will meet …

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Is the Interventionists' Era Over for Good?

Is the Interventionists’ Era Over for Good?

Denunciation of Erdogan for invading Syria is almost universal. Congress is clamoring for sanctions. NATO allies are cutting off weapons sales. But before we act, some history should be revisited. President Donald Trump could have been more deft and diplomatic in how he engineered that immediate pullout from northeastern Syria. …

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Is Trump At Last Ending Our 'Endless Wars'?

Is Trump At Last Ending Our ‘Endless Wars’?

Among those objecting most loudly to an American withdrawal from the forever wars of the Middle East are those who were the most enthusiastic about plunging us in. The backstage struggle between the Bush interventionists and the America-firsters who first backed Donald Trump for president just exploded into open warfare, …

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