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The ‘To Be Sure’ Conservatives

July 13, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump’s brazen violation of principles American conservatives were once thought to cherish—from free trade to family values to a hard line against America’s foes—has split right-leaning pundits into three camps. At one extreme are the pure sycophants. For them, conservatism is whatever Trump says it is. Many, like Sebastian… Read the Rest »

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What’s the Point of NATO, Anyway?

July 12, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In his repeated attacks on the Western alliance—culminating in a head-spinning morning with reports of Trump threatening to “go his own way,” followed by his declaration that “I believe in NATO”—Donald Trump has raised an important question: What’s the point of NATO anyway? Today, even asking that question places you on the outer… Read the Rest »

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NATO Doesn’t Need More Defense Spending

July 11, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump makes everyone else look mature. So it’s easy to forget that, sometimes, he’s not the only one who’s wrong. His establishment critics are, too.

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The Left and the Right Have Abandoned American Exceptionalism

July 4, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Barack Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have a lot in common. They’re both courteous, charismatic and wonky. They’re both people of color who rose from modest means in part because their mothers fought to get them a decent education. They were both community organizers. And at tender ages they both challenged older, entrenched House… Read the Rest »

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Why Joseph Crowley’s Defeat Should Scare Joe Biden

June 27, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

There are plenty of reasons to downplay the ideological significance of 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset win yesterday over House Democratic powerbroker Joseph Crowley. Even by the standards of congressional primaries, turnout was low. In a district of roughly 650,000 people, Ocasio-Cortez won with only 16,000 votes. Ocasio-Cortez’s victory can also be… Read the Rest »

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There Is No Immigration Crisis

June 27, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Are Democrats walking into a trap on immigration? Three of America’s most astute and iconoclastic political commentators—David Frum, Andrew Sullivan, and Fareed Zakaria—all immigrants themselves, fear the answer is yes. In recent days, each has made a version of the same argument. Yes, they acknowledge, President Trump’s policy of separating families at… Read the Rest »

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Why Can’t Democrats Give Trump Credit on North Korea?

June 15, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

For congressional Democrats, it’s payback time. Ever since 2015, when Barack Obama struck a nuclear deal with Iran, prominent Republicans—including Donald Trump and his top foreign policy advisers—have accused Obama and his Democratic supporters of, in Mike Pompeo’s words, “surrender.” They’ve accused Obama of signing a deal that doesn’t meaningfully… Read the Rest »

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Trump Takes His Party Back to the 1920s

June 14, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The last few days—as President Donald Trump has savaged America’s allies over trade, demanded that they readmit Russia to the G7, and embraced North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un—make something clear: Cold War conservatism is dead. What’s replacing it resembles less the foreign-policy outlook that has animated conservatives since World… Read the Rest »

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Trump Could Transform the U.S.–North Korea Relationship

June 11, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump is an ignorant, egotistical man. And in his summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, those character defects may be America—and the world’s—best hope.

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How Sanctions Feed Authoritarianism

June 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The United States has a long history of intervening overseas to solve one problem and inadvertently creating others. In the 1980s, the Reagan administration armed rebels fighting Afghanistan’s Soviet-backed government only to find that some of them later targeted the United States. During that same decade, America armed the government… Read the Rest »