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Vigilant American Military Is Best Way To Redeem Day of Infamy at Pearl

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 19:28:57 EST

A GI pal of mine in Vietnam went on R&R to Tokyo, where he picked up a girl in a bar and took her to the blockbuster movie about Pearl Harbor, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" When the Zeroes came roaring across the screen, my friend's date leaned her head on his shoulder."Sorry, sorry, sorry," she whispered.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insists he's not going to do that to President Obama when, late this month, he becomes the first Japanese premier to visit Pearl Harbor. Instead, an aide says, Mr. Abe's aim...

Europe's Center-Right Poised To Claim Power In the Era of Trump

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:42:06 EST

As Donald Trump steadily gains in public approval by his intelligent appointments of well-qualified women and non-Caucasian people to key positions and debunks the entire Clinton-Obama campaign against him of "racist" and "sexist" defamation, recollection of that spurious campaign evaporates. His retrieval of a thousand Carrier jobs for Indiana left his opponents silent, except for the instantly camp figure of the old socialist kibbutznik Bernie Sanders, blubbering about betrayal of...

The Two-Americas Gambit Might Help Donald Trump Deal With the One China

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:42:18 EST

Far be it from me to suggest how President-elect Trump should handle the uproar over his taking a phone call from the president of Free China. But here's what happened when, in the early 1980s, a crisis erupted between two rising powers Communist China and the Wall Street Journal.It occurred at the start of the Reagan administration, and, as journalistic flaps go, it was a doozy.It was precipitated by a friendly message from Taiwan to Reagan, who had campaigned on, among other things, the...

More Truths Await Telling Of Castro's Crimes Ere Cuba Is Finally Free

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:21:11 EST

Finally, Fidel Castro has died. I had been waiting for this moment since I was a small child, for as long as I've had awareness to sense the pain and horror he represented for those around me. It would be, I always knew, one of the memorable moments of my life.Amid the whirlwind of calls, press requests, booking a flight to Miami, and packing, my daughter called and asked if I was happy. I had been letting personal calls go to voice mail, so she caught me off guard. I had to admit I was not...

Britain Itches for Freedom And a Trade Accord With Trump's America

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:47:04 EST

President-elect Trump is in like Flynn with America's most enduring "special relationship." For though his electoral victory is the cause of protests at home and unease at European capitals, "Mr. Brexit" basks in favorable reviews from the British government. Small wonder. Both nascent administrations swept to office on a wave of anti-establishment populism.Leading the welcoming party are Brexiteers who spearheaded efforts to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union and regain the...

As U.S., Russia Wrestle Over U.N.'s Next Leader One Option Is To Keep Ban

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 17:59:47 EST

As the race for secretary general of the United Nations heats up, here's one option that as yet is only whispered in the halls: Punt.America and Russia, the top players that will decide the race among the ten remaining declared candidates in the race to replace the current Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, are so divided over so many issues -- from Syria to Ukraine -- that they may well fail to agree on a candidate before December 31, when a new UN chief is supposed to take his...

British Tribune of TradeCould Steal the March On Trump's Protectionism

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:51:19 EST

Britain after Brexit is wasting no time announcing to the trading world it is open for business. Minister of International Trade Liam Fox speaks of free trade with an optimism that must inspire envy in America's market conservatives. Who can imagine government praising the virtues of free trade?Economic growth, Mr. Fox asserts, is supported by three pillars of market freedom. One is liberty of trade, unshackled from state interference, since "the idea that governments should restrict the right...

Battle for Heart and Mind Of Next U.S. President Erupts in the Middle East

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:53:39 EST

President Obama, in his address to the annual opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, said that it would be desirable for the Israelis not to develop Palestinian land (settlements) and for the Palestinians to accept the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. This is true, but also a truism. While everyone knows that there have been fierce ethnic, tribal, sectarian, and national disputes in the Middle East for centuries, most would not know that there has been an almost...

British Prep for Deal On Trade With Yanks In the Wake of Brexit

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:00:04 EST

"The British are coming." So history records Paul Revere's warning, as the Redcoats marched toward Lexington and Concord out of Boston with the shots heard round the world issuing forth the independent United States of America.Taxes and trade were the powder of that conflagration; and in post-Brexit Britain, financial well-being once again comes to the fore: this time with London seeking terms with her sometime overseas possession.In June a majority of Britons voted to cut ties with the...

New Red Line in Mideast Is a Haven for Terrorists From American Tort Law

Fri, 2 Sep 2016 05:57:14 EST

It looks like there's a new red line in the Middle East. It has been laid down by the judges who ride the second United States appeals circuit, which just let the Palestinian Authority off the hook for killing Americans.It's a stunning decision that may be the beginning of the end of a decades-long effort to use civil law to hold accountable those responsible for the murder of Americans abroad. What a bitter pill for surviving families who turned to the courts when our presidents refused to act...

In Just a Wee Bit of Irony Scots Could Be Orphaned By British Independence

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:22:36 EST

Here's a wee bit of irony. The decision of the British people to leave the European Union may have been seen by the Scottish elite as yet another chance for Scotland itself to secede from the United Kingdom and set up their own country, seated within the European Union. But it turns out that the scheme could run into trouble owing to Scotland's own leftist tendencies.It's the Scottish adherence to welfare state policies that may yet do them in. "To be a member of the EU you should have, except...

Riddle of $1.3 Billion for Iran Might Relate to 13 Outlays Of Exactly $99,999,999.99

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:58:00 EST

Congressional investigators trying to uncover the trail of $1.3 billion in payments to Iran might want to focus on 13 large, identical sums that Treasury paid to the State Department under the generic heading of settling "Foreign Claims."The 13 payments when added to the $400 million that the administration now concedes it shipped to the Iranian regime in foreign cash would bring the payout to the $1.7 billion that President Obama and Secretary Kerry announced on January 17. That total was to...

How Obama Mislead U.S. In Advance of Ransom For Iranian-held Hostages

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:20:32 EST

The State Department spokesman finally admitted yesterday that the January 17 payment of $400 million to Iran and the release of the American prisoners were connected. He rejected the word "ransom," asserting that the money had simply been "leverage," a distinction that reporters demonstrated was semantic. He also argued there was "really nothing new here," and invited reporters to "go back and look at the President's comments ...when all this happened."Let's do that.On the morning of January...

Coup Attempt in Turkey Adds Up to Opportunity For Next U.S. President

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:58:46 EST

Until next week when the Republican convention will be over, I will maintain my self-imposed gag on substantive comments about the presidential race. But I would like to make an interim comment on the press. Peggy Noonan is correct, as usual, that the public is so contemptuous of the incandescent liberal and Democratic biases of the national press that there will be a pro-Trump backlash. Last week, I defended the comparative political center from attack from the left and the right.On Thursday...

Theresa May Confronts A Political Gordian Knot Of Historic Proportions

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 03:12:30 EST

Either the British have twisted themselves politically into confusion worthy of resolution by Alexander the Great's slicing of the Gordian Knot, or they are about to demonstrate more than ever before their talent at muddling through. As most readers will recall, last summer, Scotland voted 55% to 45% not to secede from the United Kingdom.It was a straight in-out question, refreshingly unlike the dishonest questions the Quebec separatists put to that province in 1980 and 1995, effectively...

Can Prime Minister May Rid Independent Britain Of Snail-Eating Eurocrats?

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:30:52 EST

It must be the balmy summer weather that makes me wonder if most people except me are losing their minds, and if our leaders, the beneficiaries and personification of the great democratic systems for which previous generations proverbially fought and which most of the people to whom statues have been erected throughout the Western world created or defended, have become the proper subject of what Alexander Pope called a dunciad.I have determined to avoid comment this week on the presidential...

Britain's Post-Brexit Vitriol Puts Clinton and Trump In a Favorable Light

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:50:44 EST

Though there have been no significant differences between the U.S and the U.K. for more than 150 years, and the two countries have been splendid allies in stirring times, there remains a combination of British envy and distaste for what is often considered the garish and raucous nature of the U.S. political process.The British have never really understood what the Americans were so upset about in 1775 and thereafter, as the stamp tax they were trying to collect was already being paid by the...

Brexit Is a Break for U.S. After Years of Failure In Policy on Europe

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:53:25 EST

There remain a few things to write about the British vote to leave the European Union. The current hysteria is the usual mindless idiocy of financial specialists who don't know anything about politics or strategic issues, especially when they unfold in foreign countries. It will pass quickly and, even if the U.K. does leave the EU, the economic effects will be neutral all round.The Treaty of Europe and its tenebrous thicket of a Constitution provide two years for negotiation, and despite all...

Time for Trump and GOP To Advance a Platform To Back Britain's Gamble

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:58:45 EST

What a gift to the Republican Party. No sooner had Britons cast their historic vote for independence than Donald Trump already in Scotland declared that they have "taken their country back" and called it a "great thing."The next move ought to be for Mr. Trump to set a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan to talk about moving Britain to the front of the queue. They need to make sure Britons know that America will not be punishing them for their vote.A clear message from the GOP leadership on...

Britain Comes Full Circle In Victory for Thatcher And Commonwealth, Too

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:02:59 EST

The absurdly exaggerated reaction to the British vote to leave the European Union demonstrates the complacency and incompetence of the governing elites in Britain and Western Europe, and how those attitudes rippled out, unchallenged, in the international press and financial markets. There is some analogy with the comeuppance given the American political class by the fighting bulls of left, center and right: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz.In both these principal sections of the...