Tuesday, February 27, 2018
It’s bad enough having one North Korea, but that country has very limited resources and its strike range is still severely limited. China, on the other hand, is the world’s most populous country and among the wealthiest. Imagine what Mao himself would have done with the material and military resources Xi now has, and especially with a more approachable partner in Moscow like Putin rather than Stalin, Khrushchev, or Brezhnev. Creating sovereign islands in international waters will be just the beginning. Xi will have the ability to re-create a form of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, by the threat of force if not force itself. North Korea is relatively easy to isolate, but with a dictatorial China bent on regional domination, isolation will be impossible.
This is a very bad development, one which should have red flags (again pardon the pun) going up at the White House and State Department. It should also remind us why we need a robust US Navy to protect and defend international trading routes as well as to remind our friends that we will not get pushed out of the Pacific. It’s time to get serious about our long-term staying power in that theater.
How did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the world’s favorite liberal mascot — a feminist man, with movie-star good looks, a 50 percent female cabinet and a political lexicon that has replaced “mankind” with “peoplekind” (making millions swoon) — end up looking silly, diminished and desperate on his trip to India this week?Did you read what you wrote between the dashes?
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Share my delusions!
Major elements of our society have gone mad; the problem is that they insist on taking the rest of us around the bend with them, and we don’t want to go. This dynamic explains much of our 21st century public life, and it largely accounts for the fact that Donald Trump is our president.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Way to go, Barry!
"The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds weeks and weeks," said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence. "The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian casualties."
Liberals Ruin Everything
For a great many liberals, the only important thing is race, and therefore sports stories are important only to the extent that they can be twisted into racial narratives. I'm so old, I can remember when everyone thought sports were a powerful force for racial integration and mutual respect. Actually, in those days, they were. But, courtesy of liberals, those times are gone.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Accountability - Elected Officials Edition
Which is to say, what you’re about to watch is a civic catastrophe with Clyburn as the effect, not the cause. It's possible, even likely, that Moore will win; it's possible, even likely, that if Conyers's district held a snap referendum today on whether he should continue to hold his seat despite the harassment allegations against him, he'd win with 85 percent of the vote. Accountability is a casualty of tribalism and Americans of all political stripes have turned exceedingly tribal. "This was the national argument we had in 1998, and it was settled in [Bill] Clinton's favor," writes Ben Shapiro. "Character doesn't matter. Only agenda does." Correct, and you're looking at the wages of that here. Public outrage can reach the rich, the famous, and the powerful but it no longer reaches the people who ostensibly work for the public. We've created a kakistocracy.
Monday, October 30, 2017
What happens when there are no doctors?
Compare health care with education. Public schools are essentially single-payer education systems within the areas they cover. When was the last time we heard anyone argue that public schools are a great tool for containing education costs? When has Bernie Sanders or any Democrat called for the government to push down teacher salaries in order to save money? Any suggestion that teachers should be paid less is met with the obvious counter-argument that teaching quality would suffer. And yet single-payer health care, which comes with the explicit promise to pay doctors less, is supposed to reduce costs without reducing quality. By what magic?Perhaps we should set up a similar system for lawyers.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Tear it down!
And, of course, the Democratic Party has to go. The party that tirelessly defended slavery, refused to accept defeat after the Civil War, employed the Ku Klux Klan as its militant arm, and enforced segregation for nearly a century after the war ended, should disband in shame. Many of its leading politicians-former Klansman Robert Byrd, William Fulbright (no more Fulbright scholarships), Richard Russell (we have to rename the Russell Senate Office Building), Sam Ervin, and many more-were proud racists and segregationists. Such a party should no longer be permitted to exist.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
We are awash in the spirit of the mob and mob violence. It feels something like the defining feature of the present moment. The true home of such mob violence is on the left and embodied, for example in the forces of Antifa. These forces have been abetted and indulged by authorities on the left. We need to plant a flag of principled resistance.