Essays
Rep Murtha's Dissent

Rep. Murtha’s dissent on Iraq war policy made front page news in both the Washington Post and the New York Times today, and other papers besides. Well it should have, too. As everyone knows, Murtha is no shrinking violent when it comes to the use of force, and his defection from supporting the White House […]

WaPo v. NYT on Korea

To many conservatives, there isn’t much to choose from between two of the most prominent liberal newspapers in the United States: the New York Times and the Washington Post. Both are considered biased beyond hope. On many key issues this simply isn’t true, however, and every once in a while a particularly clear example of […]

German Politics… Italian Style

Since the Germanic tribes started to invade the Roman Empire, Germans have dreamt about Italy. Now they have it – Italian political conditions: no parliamentary majority for either of the two big camps (Christian Democrats plus Free Democrats and Social Democrats plus Greens). Other marriages fail on grounds of personal and ideological enmities. So for […]

U.S. Mint Confiscates Rare Gold Coins

In the August 25 Washington Post, the top of the Federal Page caught my eye. “U.S. Mint Confiscates 10 Rare 1933 Gold Coins” it read, dateline Philadelphia. Along with the story was a photograph of the obverse and reverse (called “front” and “back” by those down-home folks at the Post) of the famous 1933 Saint-Gaudens […]

Warrior Honor

The American soldier fights for freedom, and for God. An “embedded” view of the code of personal conduct that motivates America’s warriors.

"I Will Be Your Poet"

Leaves of Grass is 150 years old, but vibrant as ever. A fellow poet celebrates Walt Whitman as America’s muse to the Kosmos, and the craftsman of America’s own spirit.

Suffer the Intellectuals

Western intellectuals are endlessly engaging and edifying. But when it comes to capturing the trends that define present reality and gauging the shape of the future, they are uncannily wrong.

AI Symposium

Very little of what has happened in American foreign policy since September 11, 2001, has been in any way determined by underlying domestic pressures or constraints, much less by the character of American political culture. The extraordinary circumstances of the Twin Towers and Pentagon attacks gave President Bush great leeway to act. In the immediate […]

U.S. Port Security and the Global War on Terror

Seven specific suggestions for immediate Executive action.

Notes & Letters

Letters from James Hoge, Jr., Moises Naim, Richard John Neuhaus, James Kurth, Tod lindberg, David Goodhart, Steven Lagerfeld and Colin Powell

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