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Exit Obama, Pursued by a Bear

  • September 11, 2013
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For the time being at least, it looks as though Russian diplomacy may have saved Barack Obama from stumbling into the biggest mistake of his presidency.     Until Monday night,   his administration was locked into a spectacularly amateurish and dishonest diplomatic offensive that appeared to leading inexorably towards a military assault on Syria and a major regional war.

Now the Nobel Prize winner has rediscovered diplomacy, to the relief of many, and none more so than Obama himself.

At times the incompetence of the president and his hapless secretary of state during the past...

Last Flight of the Liberal Bombardiers

  • September 09, 2013
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Liberal interventionism is a serious business that requires tough, decisive men who are ready for the long haul, not sissies or whimps.   No matter how many disasters unfold, no matter how many times the outcome of these interventions departs from their original predictions and expectations, such men must always ready for the next one,...

Stuck Inside of Moscow with the Kremlin Blues Again

Stuck Inside of Moscow with the Kremlin Blues Again

  • September 06, 2013
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Pity David Cameron.   It’s bad enough that he has to show up at the G-20 Conference, all dressed up and no one to bomb, because that “copper-bottomed —-”   Miliband voted against him, thereby denying him the opportunity to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Obama.   Then he has to endure the galling spectacle of France...

Hello America: The President Would Like Your Permission to Bomb

  • September 04, 2013
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Americans may be reluctant to get involved in another Middle Eastern war, but the US political elite is not going to allow public opinion get in the way of another righteous intervention.   Because foreign policy, national security and reasons of state are serious matters that require serious leaders,  with wisdom, judgment and insight, and an...

Syria: The Red-Liners Are Back

  • August 23, 2013
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Hardly has the blood dried on the streets of Cairo, than the ‘international community’ that barely issued a murmur of protest is once again working itself into a paroxysm of horrified indignation at the evils of the Assad regime in Syria.     The occasion is the alleged sarin gas attack in the Damascus suburb...

The Death of Daniel Somers

The Death of Daniel Somers

  • July 01, 2013
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The Gawker website has performed an essential service in publishing the utterly tragic last letter from the American Iraq veteran Daniel Somers to his family before he killed himself on 10 June.     Somers was 30 years old and had suffered from traumatic brain injury and PTSD, and his letter is a heartbreaking cry...

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