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American Conservatives Are Contradicting Themselves on Iran

January 4, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Wednesday in The Washington Post, Vice President Mike Pence contrasted his boss’s response to protests in Iran to President Obama’s response in 2009. Obama, he said, had “stayed silent” and “declined to stand with a proud people who sought to escape from under the heavy weight of a dictatorship.” But… Read the Rest »

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Trump Doesn’t Seem to Buy His Own National Security Strategy

December 19, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you oppose Donald Trump’s new National Security Strategy, take heart. Apparently, he does too. Fifteen minutes into his speech unveiling the strategy on Tuesday, Trump butchered it in a revealing way. In its fourth paragraph, the strategy declares that the Trump administration will pursue a “strategy of principled realism.” But Trump mangled the phrase,… Read the Rest »

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The Growing Partisan Divide Over Feminism

December 15, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Amidst the exhilaration of Roy Moore’s defeat, and the broader cultural revolution sparked by women’s willingness to expose the sexual misdeeds of powerful men, it’s worth remembering this: Ninety percent of Republican women in Alabama, according to exit polls, cast their ballots for a man credibly accused of pedophilia. That’s a… Read the Rest »

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Trump’s Jerusalem Plan Is a Deadly Provocation

December 6, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

For Donald Trump, Muslim barbarism is a political strategy. It inspires the fear and hatred that binds him to his base. Muslim barbarism is so politically useful, in fact, that, when necessary, Trump creates it.

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The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping

December 3, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Now that Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and agreed to dish on his former boss, some Trump-watchers are suggesting that impeachment may be around the corner. “It’s time to start talking about impeachment,” announced a Saturday column on CNN.com. The Flynn deal, declared former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry… Read the Rest »

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Mike Pompeo at State Would Enable Trump’s Worst Instincts

November 30, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When the President of the United States retweets crude anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, a neo-fascist convicted for harassing Muslims on the street, it’s useful to have a secretary of state with a different point of view. And Rex Tillerson, for all his faults, does. Tillerson has declared that, “there’s a great deal that’s misunderstood about… Read the Rest »

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The Right’s Islamophobia Has Nothing to Do With National Security

November 30, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When asked by reporters on Wednesday about President Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim videos, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “what the President is talking about is the need for national security, the need for military spending.”

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Trump’s Anti-Muslim Political Strategy

November 29, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Early on Wednesday morning, Donald Trump retweeted three graphically anti-Muslim videos—one entitled “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!,” the second entitled “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and the third entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”—posted by British First leader… Read the Rest »

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The Deepening Partisan Split Over Sexual Misconduct

November 17, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Earlier this week, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait asked his fellow liberals to imagine that Roy Moore were a Democrat. “It’s easy to feel superior about this when opposition to grotesque treatment of teenage girls lines up neatly with your own party’s well-being,” he wrote. “If you’re a liberal, ask yourself what you would… Read the Rest »

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Reflections of an Affirmative-Action Baby

November 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In 1991, the African American Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter wrote a book called Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby. I remember reading part of it at the time. Little did I realize that the book’s title applied to me.