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James Mattis

Word that President Trump is delegating decisions about troop levels in Afghanistan to the Pentagon arrived at almost the same time as news that ISIS...

I was deeply saddened, though not particularly surprised, to hear of the passing of Samuel V. Wilson. “General Sam,” as he was widely known in...
disaster

Believe it or not, the Trump administration has been lucky. Sure, the president is an embattled figure, but the scandals and controversies with which he...
Violence

You’ve not heard much from “The Resistance” lately. Though the liberal political activists who made up its backbone are still committed to the cause, the...
evergreen state

In the world of academics, on rare occasions, a department that cannot govern itself is placed under receivership. An outsider is empowered to run and...
donald trump

It’s clear that President Trump really, really wants his “travel ban” to become a defining issue for his administration. His Justice Department just filed an...
McMaster

Tom Ricks has known and respected H.R. McMaster many years. So have I. Ricks argues in this Politico article that McMaster should step down as national...
Confederacy

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has generated widespread approbation, along with some ill-deserved opprobrium, for his decision to take down statues honoring Confederate war heroes...
memorial day

For too many Americans, Memorial Day is a day off from school or work, or the beginning of the summer barbecue season. Of course, it...
blame

Americans are passionate about blame; casting it about, of course, but also desperately avoiding it. This is a relatively recent phenomenon, and it’s poison. Take, for...
diversity

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a middling Midwestern state university, is not a hotbed of radicalism. Yet it recently joined a handful of other colleges...
Confederacy

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has made a point of removing statues honoring Confederate heroes. As NPR notes, “On April 24, a monument to a...