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  • Letter From Lebanon: The Phoenician Phoenix - 2/19/2018

    After five years’ absence I am back in the Middle East, and in Lebanon for the first time since the end of the civil war in 1990. Faddoul is partly right: Beirut’s reconstructed downtown and brand new seafront do look magnificent; but the scene is far from impressive elsewhere.

  • Now They Tell Us - 2/19/2018

    For years, National Review has been relentless in its criticism of conservatives who questioned the benefits of free trade, even though the conservative tradition in America has historically been skeptical of free trade.

  • The Motives Behind the Massacre - 2/16/2018

    "Enough is enough!" "This can't go on!" "This has to stop!" These were among the comments that came through the blizzard of commentary after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. We have heard these words before.

  • A Korean Thaw? - 2/15/2018

    In his latest interview with the Iranian English-language Press TV network, Srdja Trifkovic discusses the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Is US Being Sucked Into Syria's War? - 2/15/2018

    Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed.

  • Trump—Middle American Radical - 2/9/2018

    President Trump is the leader of America's conservative party. Yet not even his allies would describe him as a conservative in the tradition of Robert Taft, Russell Kirk or William F. Buckley.

  • An Undereducated Admiral - 2/8/2018

    Since there are no pressing global issues that cannot wait until next week, I’ll devote my column to a book I’ve just finished reading. Its title, "Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans," and the reputation of its author promised an enlightening or at least interesting read.

  • Machine Politics - 2/7/2018

    In 1943, in the midst of the dark years of World War II when collectivism seemed to be sweeping all before it at home and abroad, three fiercely independent and feisty women, all of them friends and libertarians devoted to what was then called "individualism," hurled mighty manifestos in defense of liberty at the burgeoning collectivist state.

  • Nunes Duels the Deep State - 2/6/2018

    That memo worked up in the Intel Committee of Chairman Devin Nunes may not have sunk the Mueller investigation, but from the sound of the secondary explosions, this torpedo was no dud.

  • Perpetual War—and How to End It - 2/5/2018

    Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror involving 76 countries or renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China (as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America’s new National Defense Strategy), the U.S. military is engaged globally.

  • A Never-Trump Press in Near Panic - 2/2/2018

    "All the News That's Fit to Print" proclaims the masthead of the New York Times. "Democracy Dies in Darkness," echoes the Washington Post. Explain then this hysteria, this panic in the press over the release of a four-page memo detailing one congressional committee's rendering of how Trump-hate spawned an FBI investigation of Republican candidate and President Donald Trump.

  • The Long Sadness - 2/1/2018

    William Ball was just shy of 19 and living in the town of Souris on the prairies of Canada when war erupted in Europe in August 1914. The region was still something of a frontier, devoted to trapping and trading with Indians, and inhabited by hearty, adventurous types, Ball among them.

  • The Midwestern Identity - 1/31/2018

    Ask a contemporary American to characterize "the Midwestern identity" and you will likely get, besides much puzzlement, one of two answers.

  • A Promising Year - 1/31/2018

    On this month’s form, 2018 will be an interesting year. So far it has brought rich rewards to us world affairs aficionados. The overall global tempo is accelerating, affrettando, like de Falla’s Danza Ritual del Fuego. What would have been considered bizarre if not outright insane but a few years ago is now commonplace.

  • Too Many Wars. Too Many Enemies. - 1/30/2018

    If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week's end, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history.