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Less than a Fortnight

We haven’t said much here about Russia. There’s a reason for that. The Adaptive Curmudgeon (wonderful name, BTW) spells out that reason for us and for you. Nobody regrets this advice: “If you’re doing a dumb, dangerous thing for a bad reason, or aren’t really clear on the reason… stop it.” Reasonable people can (and […]

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Once More Into the Breach, Dear Friends?

We have spent most of last week trying to explain to Europe why we are quite happy with the election of Donald Trump. As I reflect on what we have said, and read, it struck me that one cannot understand this intellectually. At one point I was asked if I identify as Anglo-Saxon. Well in […]

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Who should rule Syria? Nobody

Here’s a bit of common sense: The long civil war in Syria is still far from conclusion. Any real possibility of rebel victory ended with the entry of Russian forces last autumn — but while the initiative is now with the Assad regime, the government’s forces are also far from a decisive breakthrough. So who, […]

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Chilcot

If you missed it, yesterday morning the British published a report on the Iraq War. It’s two and a half million words, took thirteen years to prepare, and it says very little we didn’t know thirteen years ago. Chalcedon of at Jess’ site has written about it, better than I can. And yes, I believe […]

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BRUSSELS ATTACKS: SUPPRESSING THE FACTS AND MUZZLING THE TRUTH

Well, we’re going to let the real world in here, for a bit. I seem to think I should mention a bit about the terrorist attack in Brussels. It’s a terrible tragedy, and the victims and their families have my sympathy. But no one should really be surprised. Weakness always invites attack. That’s one of […]

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Nuts

What? You thought this was about last night’s debate, didn’t you? It’s not. It about what may well be the greatest battle victory in American history. It happened only seventy-one years ago, but most of us have forgotten it. From Great Satan’s Girlfriend. On or about this date in 1944, Americans woke to read in […]

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Leftover Turkey Day and How Do We Solve a Problem Like Syria

A little bit of leftover business from Jess’ new post yesterday, she also had a message for us as Americans: As some of you know, I spent a year in America when I was younger, and that intensified a love of America that came from a crush on John Wayne and a love of American […]

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Conservatism’s Essential Element Is Experience

This is really well thought through, and it highlights something that is important. Conservatism, especially the American kind, is based on doing things that work. It is a supremely practical matter, informed by history, which is perhaps why the progressives do their best to pervert and suppress history itself. I’m going to extract the main […]

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Sowing the Wind: Reaping the Whirlwind

View image | gettyimages.com Great Satan’s Girlfriend makes a very valid point. Japan and Germany are friends and allies now. Why? They used to be enemies. Maybe because they found out that America and Britain will ”bring a gun to a knife-fight” to quote the president back when he believed in defense, or was that […]

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Sowing the Wind: Reaping the Whirlwind

View image | gettyimages.com Great Satan’s Girlfriend makes a very valid point. Japan and Germany are friends and allies now. Why? They used to be enemies. Maybe because they found out that America and Britain will ”bring a gun to a knife-fight” to quote the president back when he believed in defense, or was that […]

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Russia and Iran Moving to Corner the Mideast Oil Supply?

In the Middle East, it is time to follow the money. To me,  Steve Chambers makes all the sense in the world here. Russia is at best, a regional power, as we’ve discussed many times here. Jessica, with her usual common sense, reminded us in  The Rules of the Great Game, that those rules have not […]

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Peace is Our Profession

In still another demonstration of the consequences of decline of American leadership, as the seventieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approach, we are once again forced to confront the horrific moral problems of the use of nuclear weapons. As is, or should be, well-known, Truman and American leadership had no doubt at […]

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What is America for Mummy?

[Not long after wwe met, Jessica asked me in an email,  Perhaps the parallel goes beyond just the early pilgrims? America is either a vision of what can be, or it is nothing. That is the choice we face, and it’s a stark one. Either we are who we have always said we are, or […]

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Peacekeepers

Archbishop Cranmer yesterday shared his thoughts about the British Trident, and they’re apropos for us as Americans as well. Trident is, of course, the British submarine based nuclear deterrent force, comparable in most respects to the US Strategic Command. The British were the world’s second nuclear armed power, because of their contribution (a huge one) […]

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▶ Magna Carta, The 800 Year Legacy of Magna Carta

View image | gettyimages.com Dan Hannan was the other day, on a program on Radio 4 discussing Magna Charta legacy. It’s both good and interesting. I’m sorry it won’t embed but such is life. ▶ BBC Radio 4 – Magna Carta, The Legacy of Magna Carta. Along that line they quoted a bit of this, […]

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Capitalism and Public Words

I ran across a couple of TED talks yesterday that I want to share with you. Like you, I tend to find bias in most of them, or at least a different bias than mine. 🙂 But these are very good. First is The Killer Apps of Prosperity Makes all the sense in the world […]

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War Weary?

It seems Washington is convinced that America is war-weary. It’s not a completely inane remark. But I’m not sure that it is exactly accurate either. I don’t think there is any doubt at all that America is very tired indeed of watching as Washington sends our matchless military into conflicts with one hand tied behind […]

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Strategy and Stuff

OK, I gather we lost our strategy for ISIS, maybe it got left in the Roosevelt room or something, but the President can’t seem to find it. That’s bad, things work a lot smoother when you have one. See, a strategy is nothing more really than a plan for a specific area. We should have […]

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What’s a Strategy?

Well, we have no strategy, he says. I would bet a lot of money that I don’t have that the intelligence and defense communities, and maybe even the state department have some ideas and probably some full blown strategies but, he doesn’t like them. Why? Most likely because they consist of the military breaking some […]

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Once More Into the Breach, Dear Friends?

#463965117 / gettyimages.com On 26 September 1580, a ship docked in Portsmouth, England. That wasn’t unusual, then as now it was one of England’s great ports. But this particular docking would echo through history. For this was the Golden Hind, returning from the first circumnavigation of the world by a non-Spaniard. Soon the captain, Francis […]

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