Archive for April, 2016


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Donald Trump and the GOP Tradition of Foreign-Policy Incoherence

April 28, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Making fun of the foreign-policy speech Donald Trump gave yesterday is easy. He said, “‘America First’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” thus borrowing the slogan of those Americans who opposed America’s entry in World War II. Then, three sentences later, he praised America’s victory in… Read the Rest »

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For Jewish BDS Supporters, Personal Morality Trumps Jewish Solidarity

April 27, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s a sign of the shifting American debate over Israel. Liberal Zionists like myself—who oppose Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip but support the concept of a democratic Jewish state—are spending more of our time arguing not with the Zionist right, but with the anti-Zionist left. That’s… Read the Rest »

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Ted Talks, But It Doesn’t Mean Anything

April 20, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Ted Cruz has a problem. Since he launched his campaign for president at Liberty University more than a year ago, he has aimed to consolidate the right. He has largely succeeded. He has vanquished Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio,… Read the Rest »

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Why Obama Should Veto the Saudi 9/11 Bill

April 20, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Bipartisanship has become so rare in Washington that pundits risk forgetting how lousy it can be. In 1964, Democrats and Republicans came together to overwhelmingly pass the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which authorized Lyndon Johnson to use force in Vietnam. The Defense of Marriage Act, which in 1996 made gay marriage… Read the Rest »

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Unite for Ted Cruz Now or He’ll Come Back Stronger

April 14, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Paul Ryan “thinks only he can help House Republicans maintain an independent brand if Trump is the nominee.” That’s what a Republican insider told me yesterday in an illuminating conversation about the GOP speaker’s announcement that he won’t accept his party’s presidential nomination.

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Why Rabbi Sacks Is Wrong: Palestinians Don’t Have to Be anti-Semites to Be anti-Zionists

April 6, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I often meet Jonathan Sacks, the former British chief rabbi, for lunch. He just doesn’t know it. I eat at my desk while watching one of his ten-minute lectures on the weekly Parsha on YouTube. Sacks’ erudition—not just about Jewish texts but also about Western history, philosophy and literature—is extraordinary…. Read the Rest »

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How Hillary Clinton Can Build a Bridge to Trump Supporters

April 1, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Hillary Clinton will soon face the strangest general-election campaign in modern American history. In a conventional sense, it’s the easiest. That’s because her likely opponent, Donald Trump, is almost certainly too unpopular to win. A full two-thirds of Americans view him unfavorably. To be sure, Clinton’s unfavorability rating is high… Read the Rest »