Foreign Policy

Obama’s first 100 days: Diplomacy abroad, a hard line at home

Today marks the end of President Barack Obama’s first 100 days, the benchmark introduced by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, applied to every one of his successors. In foreign affairs, save holding the line in Iraq, building up forces in Afghanistan and the dramatic rescue of Capt. Phillips from the clutches of the Somali pirates, the president has relied on soft Read More ›

Obama’s China Card

After North Korea’s test of a long-range ballistic missile, the Obama administration finds itself with a second bite of the geostrategic apple. North Korea’s missile test is no doubt a step in the direction of deploying an intercontinental ballistic missile; an orbital test or satellite launch is based upon the same rocket propulsion and guidance technology, and thus also serves Read More ›

America’s Israeli Election

What would happen if America’s 2008 Presidential election had run under Israel’s election rules? Hillary Clinton’s Progressive Democrat Party, composed of centrist defectors from the Democratic and Republican parties, wins 100 seats in the 435-seat lower house of Congress. But Barack Obama, winner of the Democratic Party nomination, picks up 47 seats that otherwise would have gone to Hillary. The Read More ›

Russia’s economic crisis could have been avoided

The Russian government and people, awash with money, were convinced their economy was invulnerable to the world financial crisis. By September, Russia’s gold reserves stood at $581 billion. The federal budget seemed strong, salaries high, economic reforms successful and government investments wise. In hindsight, it was all too noticeably “Potemkin” and vulnerable. When foreign markets crashed and oil prices fell, Read More ›

Noble Reformer

Book Review: William Wilborforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner by William Hague Harcourt, 608 pp., $35 At a moment when a supposedly conservative Department of Justice is trying to weaken modern antislavery legislation, William Hague, former leader of Britain’s conservative party, has published a biography of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), the conservative philanthropist who led the struggle 200 Read More ›

Congress Passes Landmark Slavery Act

Late on Wednesday evening, Congress (FINALLY!) passed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act and by unanimous consent. It sounds like an easy achievement, but behind that unanimous consent lies the fact that this bill took two years to hammer out. Bureaucratic opposition was strong and yet almost mute. Neither side got all it wanted, but the end result appears Read More ›

America’s Four Super-9/11s in Sight

In 2008 America, after going through the shock of September 2001 — memorialized as “9/11” and signaling the launching of a new phase in the emerging war of survival between militant Islam and the West, was hit in 2008 with three more 9/11s, within three months: soaring oil prices that topped $4 per gallon, thus swelling the coffers of countries Read More ›

Chabad Haven

Just when you thought the terrorists had run out of novel ways to explore the depths of evil and stupidity, the Mumbai murderers decided to seize the Chabad House in that city and slaughter the rabbi and his wife. To understand what executing Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg means in moral and spiritual terms, you need to appreciate what Chabad Read More ›

Iran’s Other Nuclear Threat to U.S.

This article, published by The Washington Examiner, refers to Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John Wohlstetter: John Wohlstetter, author of “The Long War Ahead – and the Short War Upon Us,” agrees, and wonders whether the new administration will be up to the challenge … The rest of the article can be found here.