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Trump Goes Chomskyite

Noam Chomsky should be proud of Donald Trump’s performance at Monday’s joint news conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Over the decades Chomsky has won legions of fans, mainly among the simple and the half-erudite, who imagine the MIT professor’s political jeremiads offer secret knowledge of the way the world really works. The key to that secret knowledge is that the U.S. bears the ultimate blame for nearly everything bad that happens in the world. If only America and its allies would mind their own business–which to Chomsky’s mind should be to develop “libertarian socialism,” whatever that means–there would be fewer threats to America, fewer wars, more comity at home and abroad. Sancta simplicitas!

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The Importance of Being Stupid

When the silly get serious.

Maybe geographic “sorting,” in which like-minded people tend to herd themselves into politically homogeneous communities, is to blame. Maybe social media and the caustic, stubborn posturing it rewards is at fault. Maybe it’s always been this way. Whatever the cause, it has become an undeniable fact that getting ahead in public life demands some deference to unmitigated stupidity.

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PODCAST: To Russia with Love

Podcast: Russia, Congress, and Mueller.

We try to figure out what on earth the president wants from or wants to give to Russia on this podcast. And what Congress is doing. And what Peter Strzok was doing. And we let you know how you can attend our first live podcast on July 30! Email podcast@commentarymagazine.com for tickets and information.

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The Only Country with No Right to a Normal Foreign Policy

Glaring hypocrisy.

The news that Hungary’s prime minister will visit Israel next week has sparked outrage from liberal Jews both in Israel and abroad. Opponents raise two main objections. One would be serious if true, but it doesn’t seem to be. The other is sheer hypocrisy–and it’s an excellent example of the way liberal Jews routinely hold Israel to standards they apply to no other country on earth.

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The Iranian Terror State Targets Europe

The Iran deal haunts its sponsors.

In a rare lucid moment in January 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the Tehran regime would use some of the funds from the Iranian nuclear deal to fund terrorism.

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