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America’s Defense: Time for Raptor 5.5

Donald Trump’s tweets have a way of ruffling billion-dollar feathers, as when he complained about non-existent cost overruns in Boeing’s recent contract to build a new Air Force One. Boeing’s stock promptly dropped by 1%, which may not sound like much, but is equivalent to almost one billion dollars in market cap.  Mr. Trump has […]

Trump’s Nuclear Offer to Russia

Over the weekend, US President-Elect indicated his willingness to negotiate an end to Russian sanctions in return for a nuclear arms control agreement. This was ahead of a planned/not-planned meeting between the two leaders soon after the American Presidential Inauguration. With the typical vacuity of Mr. Trump’s policy statements, there were absolutely no details provided: […]

Shackled and Drawn

Understanding Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton requires that we draw together disparate, but related, strands of narrative. One storyline is the tactical failings of the Clinton campaign and the conceit of a Democratic Party that thought that they could impose a flawed candidate from the party apparatus on an electorate that was evidently tired of […]

Trump’s Russia Policy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Critics of Donald J. Trump point to his complete inexperience in foreign policy as one of his key weaknesses, and they have a point: Mr. Trump has no experience in this field and proudly admits it. This has not been a major issue for the American electorate; or perhaps it is more accurate to say […]

The War on Christmas

Special thanks to Mike Duncan and his Revolutions Podcast for planting the seed of this story and providing such interesting and entertaining history[1]. Conservatives across America breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate yet another victory on the 26th of December: they have managed to defend Christmas against the sordid villainy of President Obama and […]

Trump’s Taiwan Policy: Bumbling Towards War?

Donald Trump is not yet President, but he has already brought the United States substantially closer to war with China. The President Elect took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, December 2nd and events went from bad to worse almost immediately. When challenged by media and foreign policy experts as […]

Comrades in the Kremlin

Everyone breathed a sigh of relief on November 9th whether their candidate had won or lost: at least the long, bitter, divisive electoral campaign was over. How wrong we were. Rather than settling down into the usual lame duck Presidency and transition, we have had the most tumultuous month in American politics since the 2000 […]

Ozymandias Part 2: The Decline and Fall of the Democratic Party

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”                                 – Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1861 President Lincoln was something of a revolutionary. […]

The Genius of America

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are […]

A Veteran’s Day Reflection: Bring Back National Service

This has been the most depressing election ever: not because of the outcome, though I believe it will be very bad for the majority of Americans. It was bad for what it revealed about our country and our political institutions. It has shown us how savage we have become, how deeply we hate. It proves, […]

“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams


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