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America Is Mocked By a Purblind Press That Is Vulnerable

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:34:08 EST

We are living through an era when the Western democracies are generally reassessing a great deal of assumed conventional liberal wisdom, and have been conducted in this direction by political leadership that is often disparaged in our mainstream press as disreputable rabble-rousing.The most remarkable aspect of it is no longer that there have been sharp populist turns in the American, British, German, Italian, French, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Austrian and other electorates (including...

Wrong Turn in Korea Could Yet Consummate A Trifecta of Shame

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:53:06 EST

Is the generation that rallied to JFK's vow to bear any burden in the cause of liberty going to give it away in Korea? That's the question as President Trump gets ready to meet with Kim Jong-un.What a trifecta of shame that would be.Our GIs, at great cost, won the military fight in Vietnam, despite what the left would have the world believe. Then the victory was given away in the United States Congress.Even as the North Vietnamese Communists were marshaling their forces, Congress in 1974 began...

Case for Trump Tariffs Centers on the Danger Of a Genuine War

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:13:22 EST

President Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are facing an avalanche of false criticism. Naysayers argue tariffs will raise prices, spark a trade war, and do nothing to bolster America's military preparedness the official rationale for the move.In wartime, though, aluminum and steel are essential to make tanks, planes, and other weapons. The aluminum and steel industries are in dire straits, with many plants idle or operating far below capacity while cheaper metal flows in from...

Canada's Trudeau Teeters After Debacle Of His Visit to India

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 04:58:21 EST

It is too early to judge how profoundly Justin Trudeau and his government have been undermined by the debacle of the visit to India, which cannot be laid off by scapegoating Indian and Canadian officials.Coming on the heels of the "peoplekind" fiasco, the visit to India has created a worldwide credibility problem for this government, which was compounded by the prime minister's unintelligible babbling over the U.S. steel and aluminum tariff issue. (Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, on the...

Anti-American Pyrotechnics Pose Dangerous Strategy For Canada's Justin Trudeau

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:02:26 EST

It is premature to draw conclusions from what is known of the NAFTA discussions, but the United States side, according to my informants, was not convinced in the early stages of the negotiations that Canada wanted free trade between the United States and Canada to continue. It seemed to the Americans that, in putting politically correct positions about gender equality and what they regarded as not overly relevant environmental questions first, the Canadians were posturing to their own...

Netanyahu's Legal Woes Look Like an Acute Case Of the American Disease

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:13:37 EST

The recommendation of Israeli police that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for graft looks to me like an acute case of a malady that is itself a threat to the Jewish state.I call it the American disease. This is the itch to criminalize policy differences, an infection America came down with in the 1980s and has been suffering from, on and off, ever since.Just ask President Trump. He is being pursued by such a gaggle of Democrats dressed up as special prosecutors that it's a wonder...

How the Trump Turnaround Took Davos by Storm By Putting America First

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 05:37:50 EST

"America is open for business, and we are competitive once again." That was just one of the key lines in President Trump's highly successful Davos speech this week.Of course, in going to Davos, Mr. Trump entered the lion's den. A year ago such a visit would have been a poor idea. Back then, elitist heads of state, the European Union bureaucrats, and the international chief executives were uniformly against Donald Trump.But Mr. Trump's 2018 Davos strategy was a brilliant stroke.A year later he...

Pence's Visit to Israel Could Offer a Window On Immigration's Bounty

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:24:05 EST

Vice President Pence will visit Israel next week. The White House says he will visit the Western Wall, the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem, and the Knesset. I've got another suggestion: Let Mr. Pence add to his itinerary a stop at one of Israel's immigrant absorption centers.Such a stop might provide some fresh and useful perspective on the American controversy driven by President Trump's reported desire to get more immigrants from countries like Norway and fewer from countries like Haiti.One...

Trump's 2016 Vow to Haitians That He'd Be Their Champ Has Just Turned Into Tragedy

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:20:41 EST

Flabbergasted was my reaction when I read about Haiti, El Salvador, and African lands being described with crude language by the President of the United States. Could that be true? The story that I first read in the Washington Post was also carried by the New York Post and the social networks, which gave it wide coverage.Not denying what the President reportedly said, the White House compounded the insults by issuing the following statement: "President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions...

Could Nikki Haley Emerge As America's Joan of Arc Against World Government

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:33:10 EST

Could Ambassador Nikki Haley emerge as our Joan of Arc in the struggle against the folly of world government? It's starting to look that way as America gets set to mark the centenary of the League of Nations.

State Department Digs In Against U.S. Recognition Of Israel's Capital City

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:28:48 EST

Now that President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, what will the State Department do? It resents Israel and has been fighting the Jewish state for years. Is it ready to comply? Don't bet on it. That's my advice.

Mocking Trump on Korea Could Boomerang on Left If Kim Does Choose War

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:22:29 EST

Kim Jong-un's latest missile launch looks like a bull's-eye smack in the Democrats' left eye. Leftists keep claiming it's President Trump's rhetoric on North Korea that's dangerous. What about their own?The Democrats, their allies, and non-left Trump critics in recent weeks have been depicting the president as crazy, childish and mongering war. "How do we let the North Koreans know that *we* don't support this guy either?" tweets civil-rights activist DeRay Mckesson."We can live with a...

The Day Jews Learned That Centuries of Exile Would Soon Be Ended

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 19:28:46 EST

Quite a banquet will take place Thursday evening at London to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. That's the letter in which Britain announced its support for the establishment in Palestine of what became the state of Israel.The letter was sent a century ago to a leader of British Jewry, Lord Rothschild, from Britain's foreign minister, Lord Balfour. The nub: "His Majesty's Government views with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."Its...

How the Balfour Declaration Has Emerged at the Crux Of the War Against Israel

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:54:05 EST

One hundred years ago on November 2, 1917 the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, issued a letter to the British Jewish leader, Lord Walter Rothschild, pledging British support for "a national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine. The Balfour Declaration was a milestone in the Zionist effort to re-create the Jewish home in the land where, nearly two millennia earlier, it had existed for centuries.By 1922, the Balfour Declaration had become an established part of international law...

As Tories Meet in Britain Boris Johnson Is Emerging As Brexit's Biggest Booster

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 06:01:47 EST

Brexit. Brexit. Brexit. And Boris Johnson. That's what's on as Britain's Conservative Party meets this week at Manchester, England. Poor Theresa May, prime minister and leader of the rancorous Tories. She is persona non grata for many delegates, although most are too polite to say so. Once enjoying the respect, if not the love, of the party whose lead she assumed when David Cameron resigned office to let others oversee the United Kingdom leave the European Union, Mrs. May is now reviled as the...

Germany Gains Its Moment In Merkel's Fourth Term, As Social Democrats Dwindle

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:38:57 EST

Germany's election may have moved the country a step closer to assuming its full status as the greatest power in Europe, and the greatest in the world after the United States and China. It has long been a truism that Germany was late unified (1871, the latest of all the G-7 countries, even newer than Canada), had great difficulty determining whether it was mainly an eastern- or western-facing country, and, every time it set out to reinforce its own security, it infringed the security of its...

Trump Will Call Kim's Bluff Or World Will End Up With 30 A-Bomb States

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:55:29 EST

This week I have been having a lively discussion with my distinguished friend of many years John Polanyi, winner of a Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1986, one of Canada's most respected and sociable academics, and a frequent commentator on arms control and nuclear proliferation issues, about current scenarios with North Korea. This arose when I was invited to give a brief talk to a small dinner group where John and I are both members, that meets from time to time at one of the colleges of the...

Will Trump's Hand Tremble? Logic of Military Action Grows in North Korea

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:49 EST

It is becoming difficult to believe that the ever-more-silly entertainment world, an echo chamber of escalating primal imbecilic utterances in a hall of mirrors, festers in the same country that, as its president correctly told the United Nations on Tuesday morning, now has more people working than ever before and the highest market capitalization of its industries of all time, is striving toward increasing prosperity, and is the only force in the world trying to keep hydrogen bombs out of the...

Helping North Koreans Escape Could Be Win-Win Strategy Against Communist Regime

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:31:39 EST

Contrary to what one often hears, there's a relatively easy solution available to the North Korean nuclear missile problem. It just requires some flexibility from the Trump administration and Washington Republicans when it comes to their resistance to immigration.None of the other options being discussed in the press is particularly attractive. A Wall Street Journal editorial proposes starving the North Korean regime into submission, conceding that "Withholding food aid to bring down a...

Anguish Among Brexiteers Starts to Grow Palpable Amid Tory Handwringing

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 08:52:12 EST

Anguish among the Brexiteers is palpable in these long days of summer, even to your diarist on the far shores of Nova Scotia. Proponents of Britain's exit from the European Union must suffer not only the daily insults of Remainers and other Europhiles, plus the hostile press, but dissension in the ranks of Britain's own cabinet ministers, most the chancellor, Philip Hammond.In an interview with the French daily Le Monde, Mr. Hammond said that he "would expect us to remain a country with a...