Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Monday, January 30th, 2017
Fast, clear, cogent, respectful, dominating — what a performance Hugh Hewitt recently gave on Charlie Rose. He even asked Charlie a couple of times what he thinks, and it quickly became two chummy top media guys sharing ideas, not a mainstream media star interviewing a right-wing kook.
Hewitt managed to work in his career in government — which was all very long ago — and the very many people he knows, but without the name-dropping being the point of his responses. He called Charlie Charlie often enough that Charlie finally called him Hugh. “Great to have you,” Charlie ended it. “Good [ie, maybe not so great] to be here,” the response.
I listen pretty regularly to The Hugh Hewitt Show and it would be nice if we could get this fast-talking, super-smart, reasonable and sophisticated guy instead of the dumbed-down base-cultivating borderline bully we sometimes get on his home turf.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Albeit behind Iran, Israel squeaks onto Walter Russell Mead’s list of the Great Eight Powers of 2017. It’s amazing that only one European country makes it here.
Friday, January 20th, 2017
Headlines say 2016 hottest year ever. Yes, 0.01°C hotter than 2015. But working from statistics that claim a margin of error of 0.1°C! Ah, truthiness.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Good point, yes. If under Trump it’s between the symbol of a U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem or the reality of continued building throughout the city—as it may well come down to—then the choice is clear, writes Nadav Shragai.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Ian Buruma on Brussels. I found it a pretty exciting city so when I saw this article I jumped on it (plus I vaguely remember being impressed by something else this fellow wrote) and it’s pretty sweeping and fun.
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Friday, November 18th, 2016
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Monday, October 17th, 2016
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Saturday, July 16th, 2016
“The Kemalist era in Turkish history lasted for almost 100 years, but finally came to an end in the last 18 hours.” A great balance between up-to-the-minute reports and historical background, Walter Russell Mead live-blogs the failed Turkish Coup.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Friday, April 15th, 2016
Is the agenda actually pernicious or is it just pernicious that there’s an agenda?
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Monday, March 7th, 2016
Eddie was more than a hero, Mrs Meechum. He was our friend.
Claire Underwood in House of Cards
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Quite the sentence, this, from Walter Russell Mead: “Products of meritocratic selection who hold key positions in the social machine, the bien-pensant custodians of post-historical ideology—editorial writers at the NY Times, staffers in cultural and educational bureaucracies, Eurocratic functionaries, much of the professoriat, the human rights priesthood and so on—are utterly convinced that they see farther and deeper than the less credentialed, less educated, less tolerant and less sophisticated knuckle-dragging also-rans outside the magic circle of post-historical groupthink.”
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
A week in Berlin, where all anyone can talk about is refugees, and the author observes: “All this moral unction reminds me of the reality-challenged 1920s in Europe, which gave rise to the very ugly 1930s.”
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
The latest Troika loan package is an “exact repeat of the self-defeating policy that caused Greek debt dynamics to spin out of control in the last two…” rues this astute, outraged commentator. What with the Iran deal as well, we seem these last couple of days to be watching the West’s self-immolation.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Monday, July 7th, 2014
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Perhaps the most frightening thing about this much-lauded essay on America’s post-WWII hegemony is that it was written at all, that our world order is receding so far so fast that we, or at least Robert Kagan, can see outside it.
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Dore Gold recounts Iran’s first ‘charm offensive’: its use of the tactic of khod’eh, ie, “tricking one’s enemy into a misjudgment of one’s true position”, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini waged a successful deception campaign from exile in Paris.
Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Welshman Tom Doran explains why, as a liberal secular humanist, he must stand up for Israel.
Sunday, February 17th, 2013
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Michael Barone predicts it’s Romney, and handily. Seems to me that Hurricane Sandy was the last opportunity for Obama’s America to demonstrate its superiority to Bush’s. Looks like it failed, so that it now seems fully prudent to give the competent-seeming turnaround artist and former governor a try.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Monday, October 8th, 2012
Mitt Romney invokes the spirit of Marshall in his first major speech after his crushing debate performance, and ends with a nice allusion to the Statue of Liberty. Refreshing and exciting.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Friday, August 31st, 2012
To paraphrase what Lincoln said about slavery, if cruelty to animals is not wrong then nothing is wrong.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
“Cheese-surrendering eating-monkeys” — apologies for giving away the most brilliant line, but Mark Steyn is back on form. I’d stopped reading because his doom and gloom about Europe just didn’t jibe with the reality I see living here. But here he expresses my misgivings just brilliantly: Americans are in many important ways less free than Europeans.
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
Monday, July 30th, 2012
“Israel is as American as apple pie”. Walter Russell Mead explains why Mitt Romney’s Israel visit is his most important as a US presidential candidate. It’s not the Jewish vote, which is tiny and pro-Democratic.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Being pro-Palestinian… [is] moral onanism.