Trump’s Record of Failure in the Middle East

Trump’s Record of Failure in the Middle East

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Ten months ago, I responded to the claim that Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East had been “moderately successful” and argued that it was just the opposite: When we judge these policies all together, they don’t add up to being “moderately successful.” On the contrary, these policies are almost all failed, costly, and unwise,…
The Builders of Ocean Grove Had a Higher Calling

The Builders of Ocean Grove Had a Higher Calling

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Orange Grove, New Jersey, on the sea. Credit: John Sanphillippo Here’s the ubiquitous American landscape with a dash of central New Jersey local color. It’s not the rain and dark skies that make it look so bleak. No amount of sunshine can brighten this much asphalt, synthetic stucco, and vinyl siding. There’s no point in…
Women in Combat? Mattis Steps Into a Minefield

Women in Combat? Mattis Steps Into a Minefield

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Aside from the “is he in or is he out” speculations, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has largely avoided the major controversies that have plagued his fellow Trump cabinet members. But if the reaction to his recent remarks at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) are any indication, his luck may have begun to run out.…
Immigration Puts Trump’s Legacy at Risk

Immigration Puts Trump’s Legacy at Risk

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Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder story since O.J. Simpson and has strategic implications across the Middle East.…
When Russell Kirk Was Really Scary

When Russell Kirk Was Really Scary

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No stranger to poverty, Russell Kirk decided in the spring of 1949 to pawn off his winter clothes. He was living in Scotland, earning his Doctor of Letters at the University of St. Andrews, and seasonal warmth was still months away. Regardless, he needed the money for such basic necessities as food. He had joined…
Blue Wave Would Wash Far-Left Committee Chairmen onto Capitol Hill

Blue Wave Would Wash Far-Left Committee Chairmen onto Capitol Hill

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D, Calif.) during a national day of action called “Keep Families Together” to protest the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy in Los Angeles, Calif., June 30, 2018. (Monica Almeida/Reuters) Imagine Dianne Feinstein running Judiciary and Maxine Waters managing Financial Services. Republicans, independents, and thinking Democrats who wonder why they should go vote GOP…
DNA Doesn’t Define Who We Really Are

DNA Doesn’t Define Who We Really Are

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Should we cast aside our family heritage because of a pie chart on a DNA test? Senator Elizabeth Warren’s big reveal that she’s got a little Native American DNA in her deserves all the mockery it’s getting. But I just want to use it as an excuse to explain why…
The State of the Race for the House

The State of the Race for the House

A voter leaves a polling site in Somerville, Mass., September 4, 2018. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Three weeks before Election Day, most of those open seats in red districts still look safe for Republicans. Way back in January, I went through the then-34 seats where a Republican incumbent was retiring and concluded that most were in deeply…
Meet the Businessman Who Could Unseat Joe Donnelly in Indiana

Meet the Businessman Who Could Unseat Joe Donnelly in Indiana

Mike Braun during a Senate Debate against Libertarian Lucy Brenton and Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, in Westville, Ind., October 8, 2018. (Darron Cummings/Reuters) Republican Mike Braun has captured the attention of the red state’s Trump voters — and his lack of political experience might give him an edge. Jasper, Ind. — It’s not easy to…
Reluctant Trump Voters? Less So, It Seems

Reluctant Trump Voters? Less So, It Seems

(REUTERS/Simon Dawson) The Democrats’ outreach to this demographic has been peculiar indeed. Politically speaking, I am a party of one. I know that political ads are not designed for me, and that most political rhetoric is not addressed to me. Still, I find it all mysterious. During the 2016 presidential election, we were introduced to…