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France's Brexit Strategy Could Yet Be Called War By Other Means

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:19:24 EST

No wonder President Macron rushed to get President Trump over to Paris. He's maneuvering madly against Britain in the face of Brexit a strategy that is finally out in the open with the publication in London of a leaked City of London memo shared with Brexit ministers early this month."France," it warns, "sees Britain and the City of London as adversaries, not partners." The Corporation's special representative to the European Union, Jeremy Browne, writes of the intentions of both Paris...

With Energy Prices Falling, Trump Has Russia's Putin Over the Proverbial Barrel

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:20:10 EST

A few years back, in one of his finest moments, Senator McCain said on a Sunday talk show that "Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country." It was right when he said it, and it's even more right today.Vladimir Putin's circle of corrupt oligarchs gouge whatever money they can from the impoverished Russian economy and move it to bank accounts overseas. They do this after giving President Putin his cut, after which he apparently also sends the money overseas.Many say Mr. Putin is the...

Canadians, Loath To Boast, Prepare To Celebrate A Glorious Sesquicentenary

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:19:11 EST

The countries that are today the G-7 leading democratic economic powers all underwent radical political changes between 1865 and 1871. The United States abolished slavery and suppressed the southern insurrection, at a cost of a terrible war that left 750,000 people dead in a population of 31 million, and five states smashed to rubble. Eighty-four years after Washington took Yorktown, the United States emerged from the Civil War one of the greatest powers in the world, along with Great Britain...

Elizabeth Makes It Official: The Queen Backs Brexit And Era of Independence

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:48:15 EST

"My government's priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union." With these words Queen Elizabeth today officially opened the 57th Parliament. With the first session scheduled to last two years, it should give the Conservative government sufficient time to concentrate on exiting the European Union by March 2019. So the British ship of state has cleared its decks for Brexit.As if to emphasize the seriousness of the moment, the State Opening lacked the pomp...

Independence Gets a Lift From Britain's Monarchy As the Brexit Talks Begin

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:12:05 EST

"The world is your oyster." So opined Britain's former trade envoy, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. Asked about UK firms' attitude toward Brexit, the Duke spoke of their guarded optimism. "You can either look at it as a glass half-empty which is: 'Oh my God, why have we done this?' Or you could look at it as a glass half-full, which is: 'Okay, that's where we are. There are opportunities that we've got to make.' So . . . you may lose one thing but you may gain something else."Fleet Street is...

With the Tories in Disarray Editor George Osborne Starts Feeling His Oats

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:09:47 EST

The editor of London's Evening Standard is feeling his oats. George Osborne was Chancellor of the Exchequer until last June's Brexit referendum, when prime minister David Cameron left office after his support for the "Remain" campaign. When Theresa May acceded to the leadership, Mr. Osborne felt the bristles of the new broom.Mr. Osborne landed the Standard editorship last month, and promptly started using his new perch to cast aspersions upon the Conservative Government of which he had once...

Britain Appears To Be Ripe For Collective Government By 'Ministry of All Talents'

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:28:03 EST

Though Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is one of the few major figures in British politics publically calling for Theresa May to stand down from her premiership, the sentiment is rampant in Conservative constituencies and Establishment enclaves across Great Britain. The Prime Minister's electoral gamble of trying to backfoot Mr. Corbyn's troubled tenure, and increase her parliamentary majority, failed spectacularly.To remain in power as leader of a minority party, Mrs. May must seek an agreement of...

Tories' Muddled Approach To British Independence Costs UK Its Compass

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 21:00:31 EST

Not for the first time, Britons go to the polls with the European Union the unseen ballot question.In 2013 David Cameron promised fractious Conservative members of parliament, chaffing under a coalition government, that a referendum on remaining within the European Union would be put before the people. Then it was the Brexit vote itself, with a majority of Britons voting for independence.Now, with a general election tomorrow, the question revolves around who will steer negotiations: Theresa...

Improbable Bedfellows Are Suddenly Emerging Onto the World Stage

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 22:03:30 EST

The American withdrawal from the Paris Agreement to fight climate change came as the bunk about impeachment and collusion of the Trump campaign with the Kremlin dies down, and on a day when the United States moved to all-time stock market highs as measured by Dow-Jones, NASDAQ, and S&P, and the Commerce Department posted stunning 3.8% annual economic growth figures.In the same week, the British election suddenly went wobbly, Canada elected a new federal opposition leader, and curiosity about...

How Guile and Guts Won Israel's Future, And Today's Optimism

Tue, 30 May 2017 19:44:19 EST

Shortly before the Six-Day War broke out, I attended an Israeli Defense Forces demonstration of military prowess at a site outside Tel Aviv. We foreign reporters were unimpressed as young Israeli recruits scrambled clumsily over the sand dues. That was exactly what the Israelis intended. The show of ineptitude was part of the Israeli plan to . . .

Trump Eyes Trip to Israel As Centenary Approaches Of the Balfour Declaration

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:07:06 EST

News that President Trump is eying a possible trip to Israel at the end of May certainly puts a spring in the step. Then again, too, if it happens, the Democrats can be expected to mark the occasion by siding with the Arabs.

As France, Korea Sway Crisis of Government Starts To Look Global

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 15:56:06 EST

The world is afflicted by an international crisis of ineffectual government, even in most of the principal democracies. The three principal Western continental European countries are close to election day, and none of them can be called today a stable democratic government. Only Germany could, with a straight face, claim to have enjoyed good government in the last ten years.France and Italy are in serious economic doldrums, and most of the principal candidates to lead their governments are not...

Could South Korea Falter Under Weight of Scandal, And Threats From North?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:36:34 EST

With all the tumult in Europe and the Middle East and here at home, where will the next earth-shaking surprise erupt? How about Korea?I don't mean an outright attack by Communist North Korea, even if its dictator, Kim Jong-un, has been perfecting his A-bomb. What worries me is the whiff of revolution in South Korea.Everyone has been worrying about the ability of a nuclear-armed Iran to cow its neighbors in the Middle East. What about the effect of a nuclear North Korea on the south?Just...

Withdrawal From the UN Gains Logic as a Reform In the Era of Trump

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:43:13 EST

Liberals shrieked last week when President Trump proposed cutting American funding for the United Nations by 50 percent. Nr, Trump dismisses the United Nations as a "waste of time and money." That's the least of it.American taxpayers bankroll the organization to the tune of $10 billion a year. Our hard-earned money perpetuates an organization that validates the most savage human-rights abusers on the globe, regularly votes against America and targets America's ally Israel for extinction.The...

Trump's Foreign Policy, With the Press Distracted, Is Starting To Cohere

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:10:20 EST

Though it is hard to believe some days, the political atmosphere in Washington is slowly settling down. The Democrats drone tiresomely on, battering the pi ta that there is no evidence that President Obama tapped candidate Trump's telephones, and the Republicans, as if trying to extract a shark's teeth, require the endlessly repeated admission that the allegation of collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign was horse feathers.The corresponding entrenched defense positions...

Trump Faces Big Questions As He Prepares To Meet Prime Minister Netanyahu

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:50:15 EST

With Prime Minister Netanyahu arriving in Washington this week to meet with President Trump and the press full of headlines about turmoil at the National Security Council, the president faces some big decisions. Among them:Stick with Flynn? General Michael Flynn, the president's national security adviser, is under attack. During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump showed the ability quickly and unsentimentally to replace staffers, like Corey Lewandowski and Paul Manafort, who turned into...

UN Erupts in an Uproar After Trump Vetoes High Post For Ex-Premier of 'Palestine'

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:45:19 EST

UNITED NATIONS A new administration in disarray botches one of its first big moves, gets overruled, and then cries foul. Sounds familiar? Welcome to the United Nations under Secretary General Antonio Guterres.On Thursday, Mr. Guterres nominated a former Palestinian Authority prime minister, Salam Fayyad, to be the United Nations' envoy in Libya. He asked for Security Council approval. On Friday, America's new permanent representative at the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley, unceremoniously declined...

Supreme Court of Britain Insists That Brexit Vote Goes Through Parliament

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:37:24 EST

Americans tired of presidential end runs around Congress will sympathize with the Supreme Court ruling out of London that Her Majesty's Government cannot act alone but must pass legislation in Parliament before triggering Brexit negotiations to leave the European Union.Following this summer's referendum vote, Prime Minister May promised to initiate Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin procedural talks for EU withdrawal. Opponents challenged the government before the High Court in early...

May Takes a Step Forward To British Independence With an Eye Out for Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:36:16 EST

Prime Minister May's Lancaster House speech outlining the British government's Brexit agenda takes an impressive step forward in Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and keeps a weather eye out for the man who is about to become President Trump. Brexit was "a vote to restore . . . our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination, and to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit."The Prime Minister opened with an apologia, setting out the reasons for...

Last Leftists of Watergate Make One Last Effort To Tag Nixon for Vietnam

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:39:01 EST

Like Japanese veterans of World War II stumbling, emaciated, out of the jungles of Guam and the Philippines many years after the end of the war, near-terminal victims of Watergate fever still wander dazedly into the press with some new angle on the moldering, feculent myth that something useful was actually achieved in the bloodless assassination of Richard Nixon in the Watergate inanity.Nixon salvaged the Vietnam War the Democrats had pushed their own leader, Lyndon Johnson, into; the...