American Spectator

Birth of a New Persian Empire

The United States is gradually being drawn into the war in Syria. That war began as a conflict in which we had no national security interest. That changed because two of our principal adversaries, Russia and Iran, took over that war, making the conflict much …

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‘The End of…’ Scenario

While the extremes of contemporary partisanship have grown, there is a curious area of political overlap in the age of Trump: Left and Right have embraced “the end of …” theme. Clearly there is justification for an outpouring of pessimism. President Trump has put enormous …

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Reflections Upon a Rising Star

A flawed “pointillist picture” is how Michiko Kakutani described Rising Star, David J. Garrow’s massive (1,460 pages) new biography of Barack Obama, and she’s right. A barrage of minute details greets the reader, only the distinct dots aren’t permitted to arrange themselves into a picture. …

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For the New York Times Some Cultures Are More Equal Than Others

Front page of the New York Times, top of the app screen “Wednesday Briefing” under the rubric of “Here’s what you need to know to start your day”: New York Today: Advice for Fasting Ramadan advice. Of course. Do you suppose next spring the Times will …

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Not All Americans Are Grieving for Otto Warmbier

“Send bombers, and turn North Korea into a parking lot.” That was my initial knee-jerk reaction when I heard that Otto Warmbier was dead. It was not the most Christian thought ever to flash through my heart and mind, and going to war against that …

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The American Presidency in Paralysis

(Warning: Spoiler at the end.) Is the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court sooner or later? Liberals despair. Trump’s “progressive” critics, long champions of a strong presidency, notably Barack Obama’s robust executive power, are abruptly born-again skeptics. What’s to worry? Trump’s Neil Gorsuch remains …

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With Two Tweets, Trump Settles Tape Question Raised in Earlier Tweet

Washington “I don’t know there was a game,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday in response to a question about President Donald Trump’s latest tweets, in which he denied taping former FBI chief James Comey. Actually, it is a game — …

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Lady Aurelia Triumphs Again at Ascot

It happened again. One year after Lady Aurelia triumphed in the Queen Mary Stakes at Great Britain’s Royal Ascot, the dainty filly, now 3 years old, won again at Ascot in the King’s Stand Stakes, this time by 3 lengths in 57.54, 1/100 of a …

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Venezuelan Crisis Continues

While most eyes are on Syria, Russia and even China in the realm of international conflicts and crises, a crisis is brewing to our south. Since the death of Hugo Chavez in 2013, the “socialist paradise” of Venezuela hasn’t been much of a paradise, not …

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Why Democrats Love Illegals

Twice failed candidate Hillary Clinton received more votes than any unsuccessful presidential candidate in U.S. history. In the 2016 election, she garnered 2.9 million more votes than then President-elect Donald Trump. Her popular vote tally was 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%.), or a 2.1% …

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