The “Jerusalem, Israel” Controversy: Neither the Beginning Nor the End

Presidents generally love to visit Jerusalem, but hate talking about it. Not the city per se—they’ll happily gush over the beauty, history and intensity of the city. But ask them to identify where they are when they’re in Jerusalem, and you won’t be impressed.

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The “Jerusalem, Israel” Controversy: Neither the Beginning Nor the End

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The End Isn’t Nigh: A Year of Trump in Review

The republic endures.

With just about a month to go before we close out the first full year of Donald Trump’s presidency, those of us who have survived can take stock of our good fortune. To take a retrospective survey of the liberal opinion landscape in the wake of Trump’s surprising victory is to inventory Democratic anxieties. Admittedly, the left did not have Trump pegged entirely wrong, but many fears about the extent of the damage a Trump presidency would do to the American civic compact should yield a national sigh of relief.

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Making Saudi Great Again

MBS delivers big reforms.

Writing in these pages last month, I described Muhammad bin Salman’s reform agenda in Saudi Arabia as “the real Arab Spring.” The 32-year-old Saudi crown prince, widely known as MBS, seeks to dramatically transform the ultra-conservative kingdom, I argued. But he is pursuing change in a top-down, authoritarian manner that is better-attuned to the character and needs of his people. His methods are less likely to yield the chaos and state failure that resulted from the popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa in 2010 through 2012.

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More Terror in NYC, and Moore Closes in Alabama

Podcast: Paradigm-shaping events, or more of the same?

On the first podcast of the week, the COMMENTARY crew takes up the failed terrorist attack in the New York City subway station and points out just how blase it appears we have gotten in response to these events 16 years after 9/11. And then we ask: What are the media’s obligations after they report falsely on highly sensitive events? Give a listen.

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No, the FBI Isn’t the KGB

Don't be crazy.

Over the course of a decade in which Republicans acquired elected office after elected office, winning more political power today than at any point since before Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency, a funny thing happened to conservative partisans: They became convinced of their utter powerlessness and persecution.

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The Definition of Leadership

Seeing the world as it is.

To a self-righteous set of foreign-policy observers, Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is the height of irresponsibility. From real American allies like Britain’s Theresa May to fake ones, like Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trump’s move has been met with trepidation. Once again, we are told, an American president is sacrificing the credibility of the United States by going it alone, thereby abandoning the country’s singular role as global leader.This is, of course, a load of nonsense.

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