obama-was-wrong-to-get-us-into-syria,-and-trump-is-wrong-to-keep-us-there

Many of President Trump’s strongest supporters are hailing as a major accomplishment the operation he ordered that killed Islamic State leader Bakr al-Baghdadi. His critics say he still hasn’t done enough to eradicate ISIS and should continue to fight them in Syria. The ground truth, however, is that both are wrong on a fundamental point: remaining actively…

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newt-gingrich’s-essential-primer-on-the-challenges-of-communist-china

While the media frequently reduces U.S.-China relations under the Trump administration to a so-called “trade war,” the U.S. federal government has, after decades of willful blindness and neglect, embarked on a multifaceted mission to reorient the relationship towards America’s national interest. This underappreciated, revolutionary effort was borne of an almost intuitive understanding by President Trump,…

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sen.-cotton-backs-sanctions-to-discourage-foreign-hostage-taking

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Thursday discussed a new bill that would discourage foreign leaders from taking Americans hostage. Cotton introduced the “Global Hostage Act of 2019” with Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) in November. The bill aims to place onerous sanctions on countries that imprison American citizens, most…

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why-trump-should-hit-pause-on-designating-mexican-cartels-as-terrorists

President Trump’s surprise revelation last week to talk show host Bill O’Reilly that he had moved to designate Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) begs some hard questions. For the last few months, President Trump explained, the proposal has been going through a process of consideration, probably the U.S. State Department’s six-steps for…

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unprecedented-leaks-underscore-deep-discontent-inside-china

Beijing usually takes pride in its tight grip of the information that flows inside and outside of China. However, several recent incidents seem to reveal that Beijing’s iron fist may be losing its grip. Only a week ago, The New York Times reported on the Xinjiang Papers, a 403-page collection of reportedly classified Chinese documents—including speeches by Chinese leader…

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how-our-endless-wars-are-helping-bankrupt-american-taxpayers

Brown University’s Watson Institute is out with a new report on the cost of America’s post-9/11 Middle East wars. Assuming current spending trends continue, the tab will reach $6.4 trillion through fiscal year 2020. That’s $3.4 trillion spent directly on overseas operations, about $1 trillion in Department of Homeland Security spending, almost $1 trillion in…

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if-trump-designates-cartels-as-terrorist-groups,-he-should-go-to-war-with-them

In an interview posted online Tuesday, President Trump said he would designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, marking a major shift in U.S. policy toward Mexico, where cartels now exercise effective control of much of the country. In the interview, with former Fox News has Bill O’Reilly, Trump said his administration has been…

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how-the-media’s-impeachment-push-harms-democrats

Right up through the end of Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) impeachment hearings, the media were impeachment’s most enthusiastic supporters. While they’ve been convinced of the need to impeach President Donald Trump for several years now, the hearings convinced them even more of the urgent need to do so. The media weren’t entirely clear on exactly…

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alexander-vindman’s-impeachment-testimony-displays-his-open-insubordination

During his impeachment hearing testimony this week, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has reminded us of the need for the military to stick to its governing principles. Those principles would guard against dishonorable partisan moves such as Vindman’s appearance before the House Intelligence Committee in his military attire merely to squabble over his bureaucratic disagreement with…

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trump-admin-is-right-to-reapply-sanctions-to-iran’s-uranium-enrichment

This fall, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran had begun uranium enrichment activities at its Fordow Facility, a statement confirmed in a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in late September. In an analysis of the agency’s report, the nuclear watchdog group Institute for Science and International Security details a number of…

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