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Newt, the Democratic Mole

 

The New York Times‘ Bill Keller wants Hillary Clinton to replace Joe Biden on the Obama re-election ticket, but a better, likelier choice by far is available—one Newton Leroy Gingrich, reputedly a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination but

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Tom Landess, R.I.P.

 

Chronicles is very sad to report that our friend and longtime contributor Tom Landess has passed away of a sudden illness.  A true man of letters, Dr. Landess wrote (and ghostwrote) hundreds of books and articles, as well as poetry.  

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Four More Years—of This?

 

In what The Washington Post called “a bold act of political defiance,” President Obama Wednesday announced the recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Cordray’s nomination had been blocked by a Senate filibuster. There was

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Whose Country Is It, Anyway?

 

Half a century ago, American children were schooled in Aesop’s fables. Among the more famous of these were “The Fox and the Grapes” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

Particularly appropriate this Christmas season, and every Christmas lately, is Aesop’s

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Iraq: Countdown to the Coming War

 

Day Six

December 23, 2011.  Thousands of Sunni Muslims in Samarra, Ramadi, Baiji, and Qaim have taken to the streets.  Many of them carry signs and banners protesting the Shi’ah-dominated government of Nouri al-Maliki and expressing support for threatened Vice

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And Was the Mission Accomplished?

 

For the Army and Marines who lost 4,500 dead and more than 30,000 wounded, many of them amputees, the second-longest war in U.S. history is over. America is coming home from Iraq.

On May 1, 2003, on the carrier Abraham

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Plato’s Apology

After returning from my Balkan adventures, I can now return to the serious business of using Plato to teach reasoning.  Let us turn to the Apology.  You probably all know that the Greek apologia means something like justification or defense …

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A Balkan Travelogue

 

It’s been some years since Tom Fleming and I have indulged in seven-day mad dashes across the Balkans, speaking, lecturing and giving interviews, meeting interesting people over good food and drink. Last week’s tour, which took us to Belgrade and

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David Cameron’s Finest Hour

Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to veto Germany’s demand for a new European fiscal union will define his premiership.

More than that, Cameron has raised a banner for patriots everywhere fighting to retain their national independence.

With his no vote …

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Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?

 

On Dec. 8, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt took the rostrum before a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war on Japan.

A day earlier, at dawn, carrier-based Japanese aircraft had launched a sneak attack devastating the U.S.

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Multicultural vs. Stereotypical

 

Srdja Trifkovic’s paper on Russia and the European Media, delivered at the conference “Russia and Europe: Issues of Contemporary Journalism,” Paris, November 24, 2011

Most West European media professionals tend to subscribe, consciously or not, to a neoliberal world outlook

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Angela Merkel’s Bid for a Tighter European Union

 

Addressing the annual congress of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Leipzig on November 14, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for further political integration within the European Union as a means to ending the sovereign-debt crisis. “The task of our

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Plato’s Euthyphro: Introduction

It has been a while since I posted a Booklog entry.  It is not for lack of reading, on my part, but most of my reading has been either rather technical–Sicilian history, Pre-Socratic philosophy, the history of marriage–or too light …

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Return of the War Party?

 

Is a vote for the Republican Party in 2012 a vote for war?

Is a vote for Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich a vote for yet another unfunded war of choice, this time with a nation, Iran, three times as

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The End of the Berlusconi Era

 

Silvio Berlusconi has been around for so long that it is hard to imagine Italian politics without him occupying the center stage. The end of his era is nigh, however, to the relief of his opponents as well as many

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Voting in America

 

I went to vote this morning, at a new polling place.  I was directed to the polling place by a sign that was in both Spanish and English.  When I was handed the ballot, I saw that it, too, was

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It Can’t Happen Here!

Friday, thousands in Moscow, giving Nazi salutes and carrying placards declaring, “Russia for the Russians!” marched through the city shouting racial slurs against peoples from the Caucasus.

In Nigeria, Boko Haram, which is Hausa for “Western education is sacrilege,” massacred …

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A Kinder, Gentler Amnesty

By the time Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano confirmed the shift in policy, it was hardly a surprise.  In an August 18 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and 21 other Democratic senators, Napolitano acknowledged that removing people from …

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Papandreou’s Coup de Main

 

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s decision to call off the referendum on the EU-brokered rescue plan may look like a sign of weakness. Not so. The wily Socialist has forced the opposition to get off the fence and declare its

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A Little Rebellion

Scandalously, Thomas Jefferson once wrote to James Madison, “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and is as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

In the same year, 1787, …

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The Greek Referendum: A Machiavellian Scenario

European politicians and commentators are predictably screaming blue murder over Prime Minister George Papandreou’s announcement that the Greek government will put the EU rescue package to a referendum, but I smell a rat. This looks like a cunning ploy, jointly …

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Worst Laid Plans

 

When Herman Cain made his irrelevant 9-9-9 tax plan a focal point of the current political debate, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich were quick to shout out their ‘Me too!’ Perry’s 20% flat tax, pulled out of the magic hat

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The Mob vs. the Statesman

 

For two decades now, Pat Buchanan has been warning us of the dangers our country faces.  When he first started sounding the alarm, at the end of the Cold War, those dangers were hard to perceive.  Now, they are hard

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The Continuing Tory Revolution

 

I know it is none of my business.  If the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth wish to change the rules of succession to the crown, I have no right to an opinion, not only because as an American  I have

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The End of the American Empire

 

Eight years ago when George Bush and his advisers decided to invade Iraq, the only moral or legal justification they could dream up was Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of “weapons of mass destruction.”  At the time, I derided this claim,

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Is America Disintegrating?

 

In Federalist 2, John Jay looks out at a nation of a common blood, faith, language, history, customs and culture.

“Providence,” he writes, “has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people—a people descended from the

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Euro Woes

 

My stopover in Brussels on the way to the Balkans last week proved less than illuminating on the issue of the eurozone crisis and Greek debt. The real decisions are made further east, in Frankfurt and Berlin, but the EU 

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U.S. and Saudi Relations on Oil

 

Pose a threat to the stability of Saudi Arabia, as the Shiite upsurges are now doing in Qatif and al-Awamiyah in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province, and you’re brandishing a scalpel over the very heart of the long-term U.S. policy

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The End of Pax Americana?

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Observing the correlation of forces in this city and the intensity of conviction in the base of each party, the outcome of the ongoing fiscal fight between Barack Obama and the Tea Party Republicans seems preordained.


Deadlock. There will

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Success(ion)

The lifeblood of Chronicles is Tom Fleming, who took the reins of an interesting magazine in 1985 and turned it into an indispensable publication for anyone concerned about the future of this country.  But the magazine that you hold in …

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Am I a Threat to National Security?

When I first saw the memo from the FBI’s counterterrorism center in Newark, declaring that I’m “a threat to National Security,” not to mention an “agent of a foreign power,” I was incredulous.  These can’t be real FBI documents, I …

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The Jobs Go Out Like the Tide, Continued

 

Wednesday, at a meeting with Hispanic activists, President Obama vowed to keep pushing for what he calls “comprehensive immigration reform.” The “reform” Obama wants is one that will enable illegal immigrants to become legal residents, and that will place no

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Serbia Betrayed by Her Leaders

 

Talking to CKCU 93.1FM in Ottawa, Dr. Srdja Trifkovic considers the extraordinary readiness of the government in Belgrade to compromise Serbia’s national and state interests in order to demonstrate its subservience to the “international community.”

A recent batch of Wikileaks

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More on Daily Mail

I have posted two more columns on “RightMinds,” the online Daily Mail’s commentary section.  One is on Perry and one is on Gingrich.  I invite and welcome comments.

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Idling in Siracusa

 

Siracusa: Sunday, 25 September 2011

We’ve been in Siracusa since Friday evening.  My wife, Christopher Check, and I, accompanied by our young friend and board member Mark Atkins, are checking out the site of our next Winter School, and there

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Past and Future President Putin

 

Last Saturday, at United Russia’s congress, the ruling duumvirate of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin finally ended the uncertainty of some months’ standing. Putin first asked Medvedev to head United Russia’s list at next December’s Duma election.

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

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In medias res: Loud, booming, clanging in an industrial factory.  Bottles and other loose articles shake and nearly crash to the floor with each successive pounding, rattle of the building.  A figure falls to a low crouch holding a drawn …

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My New Blog

The commentary editor of the online edition of The Daily Mail has invited me to contribute a blog several times a week.  Once he wakes up and realizes his terrible mistake, the blog may be gone with the wind a …

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Getting Real Again

 

Monday, September 19

The big noise is, again, President Obama’s job’s plan that will require a tax on the rich, the so-called “Buffet Plan.”  Now, I’d be ticked pink if all the Warren Buffets of America could be taxed out

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An Open Letter to National Public Radio

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Kudos to the Morning Edition staff!  I have been an NPR listener almost from the beginning, and while I am constantly impressed by the errors and distortions that pepper your reporting on literature and history, I must confess that even …

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Beyond the “Strategic Partnership”

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The E.U.-Russia Centre Conference, Munich, September 15, 2011

The “Strategic Partnership” between Berlin and Moscow is usually understood in the English-speaking world in somewhat simplified terms: Russian energy meets German technology with a lot of high-minded political rhetoric on top. …

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Srdja Trifkovic on the Radio Today

Srdja Trifkovic, still in Germany at a major conference, will be interviewed by Paul Youngblood on WNTA/1330 at 4 PM today, Thursday 14 September.  On this same website there is a button to take you to the station’s live webcast.…