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Liveblogging Donald Trump’s address to the nation

With an approval rating average as enthusiastic as middle America’s embrace of foie gras, Donald Trump has decided the Afghan theater needs more men to pacify a country that the Soviets and British couldn’t. Less than eight years ago, Barack … Continue reading

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Of arms and men

Vote the bastards out. Replace them with senators who will present a filibuster-proof majority for President Hillary Clinton’s SCOTUS nominees. Perhaps this new liberal voting bloc will examine the most impolitic and dangerous comma splice in American constitutional history. But … Continue reading

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That pesky due process clause!

Joe Manchin has the demeanor of the manager of a chain gymnasium in a strip mall. I distrust him not only because he’s one of the Beltway’s prized examples of bipartisanship but for being governor when the coaling industry continued … Continue reading

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What’s in a name depends on politics

If ISIL is so dangerous, Charles Pierce asks, “how does calling them something, or not calling them something, make them less so?” He refers, of course, to the right’s hysteria over Barack Obama’s refusal to be baited over dangerous semantic … Continue reading

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Of geniuses, mandarins, and institutionalists

Patrick McGilligan – Young Orson Simon Callow, Clinton Heylin, David Thomson, and the Welles-approved Barbara Leaming have covered this ground, but what distinguishes this SS-20 of a tome is the attention on George Orson’s origins. Raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin by … Continue reading

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Terrorism — a ‘brainless propaganda word’

The social media hills were alive with stories like this posted by liberals delighted by conservative reluctance to use their favorite taxonomy for the Oregonian arsonists. In a 1985 essay called “Wanton Acts of Usage,” Christopher Hitchens won’t deign to … Continue reading

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‘My nuclear nightmare, born of long and deep experience’

Here’s a cheerful way to ring out the old year. Former secretary of defense William Perry: A soft-spoken man not given to hyperbole, Perry is on a public crusade to persuade people that nothing less than the future of civilization … Continue reading

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Profiles in courage

Today I learned that my congressional representative, a graduate of a local Jesuit prep school and five years my junior, was so spooked by ISIS that he surrendered, voting with his party and forty-seven craven Democrats. His statement is a … Continue reading

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‘I believe that you cannot destroy their ideology’

An MSNBC interview with Thomas Roberts and Janine Di Giovani: Roberts: When we talk about the country or the territory, they don’t have that. What they have is the territory that borders between Syria and Iraq. If that is stripped … Continue reading

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The origins of ISIS

It took a couple of hours but I found the article I read last spring about American complicity in creating ISIS. “The United States itself continued to send arms into Syria despite the certainty that some would end up in … Continue reading

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A decade of malfeasance

Remember when foreign policy eminence Marco Rubio said the following at CPAC last spring: “The reason Obama hasn’t put in place a military strategy to defeat ISIS is because he doesn’t want to upset Iran.” John Kerry administered a merciless … Continue reading

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The French cost of fighting radicalists

Whenever we allude to Western European “softness”: According to most estimates, France has lost more people to militant Islam than any other country in Europe: a report by the French senate in April concluded that at least 1,430 of the … Continue reading

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