The ISIS Campaign: More of the Same?

The ISIS campaign needs a new strategy. Is Trump pursuing one?

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump was bitterly critical of the Iraqi and U.S. governments for announcing an offensive against Mosul in advance. In a presidential debate, he said, “Whatever happened to the element of surprise, OK? … Douglas MacArthur, George Patton [are] spinning in their graves when they see the stupidity of our country.”

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The ISIS Campaign: More of the Same?

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A True Bombshell

The Russia investigation converges with the Comey scandal.

On Friday afternoon, two alleged “bombshell” reports were released regarding the scandal involving Donald Trump’s links to Russia. Only one of these reports, however, deserves to be called a bombshell, and it’s a doozy.

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A Slow-Motion Coup d’état?

A quote of a quote of a quote.

Let me see if I have this straight.

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Anthony Weiner: A Product of Democratic Enablers

When an addict has no bottom.

On Friday, Anthony Weiner appeared in federal court and pled guilty to the charge that he had inappropriate, sexually-charged communications with a minor. The fall of the once promising politician, a courtier to the Clinton Dynasty and a former Democratic rock star, has been called “sad,” “a tragedy,” and “depressing.” Democrats would do well to devote more serious scrutiny to their roles in enabling a person with pathological compulsions.

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What We Don’t Know About Flynn, Turkey, and the Siege of Raqqa

Whose side are you on?

Mike Flynn’s ascension to lead the National Security Council was instantly controversial and short-lived, but it has been a continuing source of frustration for the Trump administration. Barely a week goes by without a scandalous new revelation regarding his conduct, but yesterday’s twin revelations were by far the most disturbing.

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Of Special Councels—I Mean, Counsels

Commentary Podcast: On Robert Muller and Roger Ailes

The final Commentary podcast of this week finds me, Noah Rothman, and Abe Greenwald arguing over whether the appointment of a special prosecutor might actually be good news for Donald Trump in that it will quiet the scandals down in the short term and allow the administration to get past the 5 pm hour every day without having a boulder fall on its head. I say yes, they say no. We also discuss the death of Roger Ailes and the parlous conduct of Sean Hannity in trying to change the news focus in a way that is a monstrous violation of a family’s grief. Give a listen.

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