Kristol Ball

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Kristol Ball

Sitting high in the Alps watching American news channels can be a gruesome experience. For...

The End of An Era

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The End of An Era

With the passing of William F. Buckley I now feel officially old. Like thousands of modern...
Catastrophic Farce”€”How We Learned to Stop Worrying About National Interest…

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Catastrophic Farce”€”How We Learned to Stop Worrying About National Interest…

Rather as God cares about every sparrow that falls to earth, no crisis anywhere escapes the attention of the U.S. government. So it has been with the Russo-Georgian war. Words continue to flood forth from Washington”€”Georgia stands for freedom and democracy, Russia must be punished, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are part of Georgia, the U.S. and Europe must stand by Tbilisi. “€œNATO intends to support the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Georgia, and to support its democratically elected government,”€ Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gravely intoned. “€œThis NATO which has come so far in a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace is not going to permit a new line to be drawn in Europe,”€ she added, apparently referring to Georgia, even though it lies far outside Europe. Rice also called the statement on the conflict issued by the NATO members”€™ foreign ministers a “€œclear indication of NATO’s interest and NATO’s concern.”€ Yes, it was”€”in ways she didn”€™t anticipate. Moscow’s response was a sneer and an insult. NATO then did precisely nothing.

Paul-blogging (III)

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Paul-blogging (III)

Well, he beat Benito in Michigan—and the Second Coming of Reagan, too. Even the Los ...
East-West: The Origins of a Crisis

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East-West: The Origins of a Crisis

A great deal of ink has been spilled over the last month about the proximate causes of the fighting in the Caucasus. Abkhaz, Georgians, Ossetians and Russians have all presented conflicting accounts of who fired first”€”with timelines that stretch back to the 18th century. Meanwhile, the debate in the West has centered over whether the efforts to enlarge NATO to Russia’s doorstep were foolhardy and provocative, or timely and essential for the preservation of the Euro-Atlantic community. But even if the Georgian crisis had not occurred, something was bound to happen.

Hillarudy Clintiani

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Hillarudy Clintiani

Bill Sammon, the author of The Evangelical President: George Bush’s Struggle to Spre...
Ron Paul: The Conscience of Conservatism

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Ron Paul: The Conscience of Conservatism

He’s the conscience of the Republican party, or, at least, of its conservative wing “€“ a reminder of the good old days, when being a right-wing GOPer meant never having to say you voted to raise taxes, or to increase the size of Big Government. When it meant a prudential foreign policy, rather than a Jacobin one rooted in recklessness. Rep. Paul remembers those days, and his campaign for the White House is based in large part on a conscious effort to revive this nearly-forgotten conservative tradition.


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