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Democrats Are Avoiding the China Question

June 10, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Listening to the Democratic candidates for president, you would probably not know that globalization, as it has existed for the past several decades, may soon cease to exist. Since at least the turn of the century, the close ties between the United States and China, which together constitute 40 percent… Read the Rest »

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Opinion 13 Democrats Recorded Messages About Israel. Only One Spoke With Courage

June 5, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The mantra of Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign is “Brave Wins.” Yet in her video message to the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum this week, the New York Senator didn’t even mention the word “Palestinian.” That was typical. The 2020 Democratic hopefuls talk a lot about having the courage not just to challenge… Read the Rest »

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It’s Time to End America’s Blank Check Military Aid to Israel

May 22, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last month, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared that American aid to Israel is “something that can be discussed” in Washington. Her comments made news precisely because America’s policy of giving Israel billions in aid without expecting any policy changes in return hasn’t actually been discussed — or at least questioned —… Read the Rest »

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Even Democrats Keep Thinking Iran Is Worse Than Saudi Arabia

May 21, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

With ideas like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are challenging the ideological parameters that have defined American domestic policy since the Reagan era. If only they were doing so on foreign policy too. Consider their responses to President Donald Trump’s recent escalation… Read the Rest »

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Synagogue Shootings Shattered Our Illusion. America Is No Safe Haven For Jews.

April 28, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Saturday, April 27, a few hours before the shooting at the Chabad in Poway, California, I walked from my hotel in Amsterdam—where my family has been on vacation—to a synagogue I found online. I arrived at a building with no external Jewish markings. The door was locked. When I… Read the Rest »

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Unlike His Rivals, Biden Sees Trump as an Aberration

April 25, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The key word in Joe Biden’s announcement video is aberrant. If Donald Trump serves only one term, Biden declares, “I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time.” Before Trump, the former vice president implies, a moral consensus reigned. America,… Read the Rest »

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China Isn’t Cheating on Trade

April 21, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

News reports suggest that in the coming weeks, the United States and China will sign an agreement that repeals the tariffs the two nations have been levying on each other’s goods for the past nine months. If past behavior is any guide, Donald Trump will call it the greatest deal ever, and global… Read the Rest »

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Ilhan Omar’s Deeply American Message

April 15, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I watched Ilhan Omar’s recent address to the Council of American Islamic Relations for the same reason most people did: to see whether she had—as Donald Trump claimed—minimized the 9/11 terrorist attacks. What I found was unexpected. In offering a vision for how to live as an American Muslim, her speech to CAIR… Read the Rest »

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The Lesson Of Netanyahu’s Victory: Israel Will Not Change Without Pressure

April 10, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The lesson of Benjamin Netanyahu’s apparent reelection victory is simple, and old. Frederick Douglass articulated it 162 years ago: “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

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Elizabeth Warren Had Charisma, and Then She Ran for President

April 9, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Charisma comes from the Greek word for “divine gift,” and back in 2015, political commentators thought Elizabeth Warren had a lot of it. Vox called the senator from Massachusetts “a more charismatic campaigner than [Hillary] Clinton.” Roll Call said Clinton couldn’t “match Warren’s charisma, intensity or passion.” The polling firm Rasmussen called Warren “Bernie Sanders with charisma.” That was… Read the Rest »