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Turkey’s Position on ISIL Misunderstood

It is tempting for Western observers to view Turkey’s reluctance to join the fight as a mark of disloyalty to NATO and as a sign that the alliance is mostly about convenience. This view may be too simplistic.

Hold On, Mr. President

The urge to “do something” is understandable. But Government can’t get domestic policy right. Don’t assume it gets foreign policy right.

VIDEO: Why I Support Israel by Pat Condell

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHC8KC5cLs8] All anyone needs to know about the Middle East conflict is that the Jews want peace and the Arabs don’t, because the Arabs hate Jews for religious reasons and they want them dead. Politics, territory – these are just excuses. Palestinian leaders have had several chances for a two state solution and they […]

How Foreign Is Our Policy?

Most of Barack Obama’s foreign policy decisions since becoming president are consistent with this mindset. He has acted repeatedly as a citizen of the world, even though he was elected to be President of the United States.

President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine, March 1, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Ukraine: A Painful Argument for a Foreign Policy of Self-Interest

Vladimir Putin’s actions are detestable and the result of American weakness–intellectual weakness. If the United States ever commits to a serious foreign policy of self-interest, dictators and authoritarians will perceive America as both strong and credible. Until then, we’re stuck shooting spitballs at barbarians.

Putin Parties Like It’s 1959

The best thing America could do for the Ukraine, or any other victim of totalitarian repression, is to make the world safe for freedom, private property and individual rights.