The Atlanticist

Faced with Islamist Iran developing nuclear weapons, America’s political leaders have turned Teddy Roosevelt’s maxim speak softly and carry a big stick on its head. In the first presidential debate Senator Obama declared “We cannot tolerate a nuclear Iran.” In the second debate he reaffirmed “We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon.” In… » read more

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Western weakness spurred Russia’s invasion of Georgia. The image of the leader of the free world grinning watching Olympic volleyball and basketball while Russian tanks penetrated deep into Georgia captured the moment. What did KGB alumnus and strongman Vladimir Putin see when he surveyed the world scene while baiting his trap for the Georgians? President… » read more

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Two years ago Dutch and French voters rejected the European Constitution, which was to have ceded substantial remaining national sovereignty, perhaps irretrievably, to a European superstate. Dutch and French citizenry can be forgiven for thinking their votes were dispositive, that the absorption and destruction of the EU’s 27 member states’ had gone far enough. The… » read more

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Last Wednesday I attended the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 24th annual dinner in Washington at which Czech President Vaclav Klaus was given the Julian Simon award and delivered the keynote address “Is Schumpeter’s Vision of the End of Capitalism Relevant?” Klaus received rousing a standing ovation when CEI’s Fred Smith introduced him and again at the… » read more

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Earlier this week Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in Pennsylvania’s democratic presidential primary by 10 percent points, which was all the more impressive as Obama outspent her 3 to 1 and won over 92% of the black vote. What does it mean? Obama’s character and record have started to receive a modicum of scrutiny, albeit… » read more

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William Tucker’s “The Case for Terrestrial (a.k.a. Nuclear) Energy” is a thoughtful discussion of our energy alternatives and powerful case for: (1) taking a cue from the French, and aggressively adopting clean, reliable nuclear power, and (2) using sustainable, fast-breeder reactor technology. To my great surprise and delight Tucker is an alumnus of my doctrinaire… » read more

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In “The Warrior and the Priest” Ramesh Ponnuru contrasts Senator Hillary Clinton’s and Senator Barack Obama’s core support. I suppose it is fair to describe Obama as a “secular priest” of sorts. For secular, left-leaning and some not so left-leaning, affluent white Americans, supporting Obama is an exercise in moral narcissism, affirming they are good… » read more

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Daily our calloused senses and consciences are assaulted by the African tragedy: starving babies with bloated bellies, bloody tribal and sectarian genocide, massive government corruption and pillaging, military coups, endemic AIDS, resurgent tuberculosis and malaria, UN employees and blue hats buying child prostitutes and French protégé the Central African Republic’s Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa credibly accused… » read more

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A resurgent fundamentalist Islam is engaged in a global war against the West and the rest of the infidel world. InWorld War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism former Commentary editor in chief Norman Podhoretz calls it WW4. Republican presidential frontrunner John McCain believes “the transcendent challenge of the 21st century is radical Islamic extremists.”… » read more

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The EC declares portentously “Climate change is one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet.” Surely a clarion call for action. Global-warming theology has been embraced by a great many of Western Europe’s and America’s secular elites. Its adherents hold as articles of faith: (1) the Earth is warming, (2) a… » read more

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