The high cost of low US military spending

The high cost of low US military spending

Members of the U.S. Army participate in a NATO military exercise in Pabrade, Lithuania, Oct. 26. Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis/Associated Press Vladimir Putin has reminded us of a forgotten lesson from the Cold War: Deterrence is not just about preventing nuclear war. The US and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization failed to deter … Read more

The SEC’s rules become unreal

The SEC’s rules become unreal

Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters in Washington, May 12, 2021. Photo: ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS The Securities and Exchange Commission’s job is to make the markets work. But today’s SEC leadership — which by August had proposed 26 new rules this year alone — is ignoring the real effects of its rules on market participants. Its approach … Read more

How do drag shows promote US national security?

How do drag shows promote US national security?

Hungarian soldiers at a training ground near Hajduhadhaz, Hungary, 24 February. Photo: zsolt czegledi/Shutterstock The export of American culture has long been one of our nation’s greatest soft power assets. But instead of using it to reaffirm Western values ​​and American interests, the Biden administration is proselytizing for vigilante ideology. The foreign policy consequences could … Read more

Will Putin fall like Khrushchev and Gorbachev?

Will Putin fall like Khrushchev and Gorbachev?

Public statements are not commensurate with the seriousness of the situation in Ukraine. They have become too informal, off-the-cuff and superficial. Russia continues its missile barrage against Ukrainian cities. The Crimean bridge was audaciously taken out, dealing a real blow to Vladimir Putin, and within hours, Ukraine mockingly unveiled a stamp depicting the broken span. … Read more

With the new ObamaCare rule, lack of transparency is not a bug

With the new ObamaCare rule, lack of transparency is not a bug

What happens when you combine party politics with an irresponsible regulatory regime? You’ll get the White House’s decision on Tuesday to extend ObamaCare subsidies beyond what is legally allowed in the tax code. The Biden administration’s new rule to eliminate what has been cleverly framed as the “family bug” is a political play that should … Read more

The president’s student loan forgiveness plan is headed to court

The president’s student loan forgiveness plan is headed to court

Oct. 11, 2022 at 12:58 PM ET Photo: Evan Vucci/Associated Press Since President Biden announced his student debt relief in August, several states — including an individual borrower in Indiana — have filed suit in federal court. Can their lawsuits, which claim they will be harmed by the White House’s plan, pass muster? The Wall … Read more

Israel falls for Lebanon’s treaty bait

Israel falls for Lebanon’s treaty bait

I visited Beirut in 2020 while serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs to restart maritime border negotiations between Israel and Lebanon that had been stalled for nearly a decade. A Lebanese journalist expressed concern that Jerusalem would outbid Beirut in the upcoming negotiations. “You are the Phoenicians,” I assured him—the venerable … Read more

The quagmire of climate change diplomacy

The quagmire of climate change diplomacy

President Joe Biden and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on July 15. Photo: BANDAR ALGALOUD/VIA REUTERS An old gospel song attacks the hypocrisy of a certain Mr. Brown who “prays for Prohibition but votes for GIN.” That’s not a bad description of the Biden administration’s climate policy. The president took office … Read more

Western democracy is rebelling against itself

Western democracy is rebelling against itself

Sic semper tyrannis! A century and a half later, John Wilkes Booth’s delusional cry for self-empowerment has a recognizably modern ring to it. His invocation of the ancient Romans’ condemnation of despots to justify the assassination of history’s greatest democratic leader resonates in contemporary politics. Abraham Lincoln probably did more than anyone else to advance … Read more

The question of Putin’s mind: Would we risk New York to keep Odessa free?

The question of Putin’s mind: Would we risk New York to keep Odessa free?

“A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a joint statement after their summit in June 2021. But Mr. Putin does not always tell the truth. The reality is that as Mr. Putin’s failed military strides eastward across occupied Ukraine, nuclear weapons are … Read more