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Impure Politics

In criminal law, there are times when a crime has clearly been committed, but it’s not clear whether the perpetrator had criminal intent.

The impeachment effort against Donald Trump is the opposite situation: a case where there is no high

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Democrats Adrift

The field of Democrats aspiring to be their party’s presidential nominee resembles what the Republican field of four years ago would have been, had Donald Trump not entered the race.

With more than 20 contenders, Democrats have had to break

John Lukacs, R.I.P.
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John Lukacs, R.I.P.

When long-time Chronicles contributor John Lukacs died on May 6, the country lost one of its finest adopted sons, who was also one of its finest writers and historians. The scope and extent of his work defies summary—he published over

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We’ll Get Him Next Time

After two years and tens of millions of dollars, the Mueller investigation ended in a shattering anticlimax for Democrats.  On March 22, Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent Attorney General William Barr his report, and Barr promptly informed Congress that Mueller

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Ideologies and Priorities

Now here’s a headline: “Blackface, sexual assault scandals don’t appear to have tarnished Virginia’s image,” the Washington Post declared on March 3.  The story referred to controversies surrounding each of the commonwealth’s three top statewide officials—all of them Democrats. 

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The Belligerent Advantage of Congress

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The way foreign-policy mavens in Washington, D.C., talk about Afghanistan, you would think that country had successfully launched a ballistic-missile attack against us on 9/11.  We have occupied Afghanistan for over 17 years now, but still we cannot leave because

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AOC and GOP Suicide

As the new Congress was sworn in early in January, the Republican Party unveiled a plan for its own assisted suicide.  In fact, Mitt Romney got started before he was even seated as the latest senator from Utah.  On January

A Foreign-Policy Quagmire
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A Foreign-Policy Quagmire

Foreign policy has been a stumbling block to Democrats for fully 50 years now.  In 1968, the party of Lyndon Johnson was the party of the Vietnam War, and replacing Johnson with Hubert Humphrey at the top of the ticket

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Middle Eastern Blood and Dirt

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For over three years Saudi Arabia has been fighting a war in Yemen with little regard for civilian suffering.  The war itself has been deadly for thousands of bystanders, but far worse has been the famine the conflict has brought

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Cradle of Empire

As of October, the U.S. has been fighting a war in Afghanistan for fully 17 years.  Young men who were not even born when the war started are now almost of an age to serve and be deployed.  And if

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No Free Ride for Bezos Socialism

Imagine an economic system in which government pays the wages of workers, but the businesses where they work remain privately owned, and profits accrue to the owners.  Could this fairly be called free-market capitalism?  It sounds more like socialism, even

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Steeling Ourselves for the Future

Many a new genre of journalism has sprung up thanks to President Trump.  The latest is the “victims of tariffs” industry profile.  As the Trump administration slaps tariffs on foreign steel, aluminum, and manufactured goods of various kinds, trading partners—

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The Libertarian Trajectory

NeverTrump really means “forever war.”  Proof of this could be seen in the 2016 election, where anti-Trump Republicans fielded a candidate of their own, ex-CIA man Evan McMullin, rather than casting their votes for a third-party ticket with two non-Trump

Faith Whittlesey, R.I.P.
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Faith Whittlesey, R.I.P.

The mice had a problem with Faith Whittlesey.  These mice were not the four-legged kind; they were Chief of Staff Donald Regan’s functionaries in the Reagan White House, scurrying around and gnawing away at conservative policy efforts.  Faith was Reagan’s

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Calling the Deomocrats’ Bluff

Rep. Adam Schiff knows something about impeachment.  The California Democrat first won his seat in Congress in 2000, when he defeated a Republican incumbent, James Rogan, who two years earlier had been one of the “managers” acting for the House

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GOP National Stage Fright

Democrats are feeling overconfident.  They won a hard-fought special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District in early March, then saw over a million people take to the streets in cities across the country to march for gun control some two

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Tariffs and Delusions

Lenin may or may not have said that the capitalists would sell him the rope by which he would hang them, but the proverb is assigned to him for good reason.  Any revolutionary who dreams of destroying the free-enterprise system

An Honest Reckoning
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An Honest Reckoning

John le Carré could hardly imagine a better scenario: a spy-for-hire—once a servant of Her Majesty’s government, now selling his services in a foreign market—takes payouts from two masters simultaneously, as both a police informant and a political dirty-tricks man. 

Shoes to Fill
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Shoes to Fill

America is a nation of normal people who find themselves thrust into increasingly abnormal situations.  Left-wing ideologues want to take a country of families, churches, and businesses and turn it into a playpen of radical identities.  This is to be

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Politicians #NeverLearn

Donald Trump’s first year as President is drawing to a close, and it’s been rough.  The Republican Congress proved unequal to the task of repealing Obama Care.  The border wall hasn’t been built.  The administration is packed with generals and

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The Politics of Peace

Step by step America is being primed for war with Iran.  President Trump has not actually torn up the “Iran deal”—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that is supposed to defer the day the Islamic Republic might seek a nuclear

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The Terminal Playboy

When he died on September 27 at the age of 91, Hugh Hefner was no playboy.  He was an old man trapped in what amounted to a factory, surrounded by silicone, plastic, and hydrogen compounds.  Playboy’s circulation had peaked

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Needed: Hands and Nerves

Decades before Donald Trump vanquished Hillary Clinton, Pat Buchanan heralded the themes that would put Trump in the White House.  Yet despite all that lead time, Trump’s victory was still in one sense premature.  In the interval between Buchanan’s presidential

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Nothing in the Middle

Have you noticed?  Newspapers and television channels across the land have discovered a new kind of human-interest story: the business-owning, family-man illegal immigrant who gets deported after living in this country for decades as a productive noncitizen.  CNN’s website headlined

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Losers Double Down

The party of Hillary Clinton has not stopped losing since last November.  This fact is easily overlooked amid all of President Trump’s bad press, but Democrats have reliably come up short in special elections from Montana to Kansas to suburban

Progress Amid the Chaos
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Progress Amid the Chaos

The foreign policy of the Trump administration remains a mass of contradictions, with the White House evidently divided among nationalists, pragmatists, and certain advisors who prescribe an ever expanding hegemony.  These rivals have clashed in recent weeks over the question

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Brinkmen Kim and Trump

Contrary to what John McCain and others in Washington are saying, North Korea’s nuclear program is not a “Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.”  Nor does tough talk from President Trump mean he’s about to launch preemptive strikes against Kim

No Place for Humanity: Our Free-Chosen Dystopia
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No Place for Humanity: Our Free-Chosen Dystopia

By the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell was at the top of Amazon.com’s best-seller list.  Readers had developed a sudden passion for antitotalitarian literature, it seemed—not only for Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four but for Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism

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Donald Trump’s War—Or Sound and Fury?

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Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase last week has drawn deserved condemnation from his supporters—and won him strange new respect from John McCain and the mainstream media. Soon after the attack, the progressive media watchdog

The Politics of Life—and Politics
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The Politics of Life—and Politics

“If a woman of her own accord drops that which is in her,

they shall crucify her and not bury her.”

The Assyrian Code, c. 2000 B.C.

Ancient history is worth keeping in mind when confronting the claims of

Right Deserves Might
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Right Deserves Might

“A combination of St. Paul and St. Vitus.”

—Ascribed to John Morley

The world could use a few more volumes devoted to Grover Cleveland; it has little need for more books about Theodore Roosevelt.  But if more there must be,

Enemies Right and Left
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Enemies Right and Left

“Liberalism is too often merely a way of speaking.”

—Oscar I. Janowsky

Until the day he died in April 1964, John T. Flynn insisted that he was a liberal. Once, that self-designation had not been controversial. This was a man

Progress in the Sands
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Progress in the Sands

“The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.”

—William McKinley

What sets Sands of Empire apart from the growing list of books scrutinizing the Bush administration’s foreign policy is its philosophical ambition.  Where other authors have contented

Rule Columbia!
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Rule Columbia!

“The Empire is peace.”

—Napoleon III

If the publishing industry has played any part in the supposed recent economic revival, it can, perhaps, thank George W. Bush.  The President’s foreign policy has made it possible to sell thousands of books