Angelo M. Codevilla

Angelo M. Codevilla


Angelo M. Codevilla, a native of Italy, is a professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. He was a US naval officer and Foreign Service officer and served on the Senate Intelligence Committee as well as on presidential transition teams. For a decade he was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of thirteen books, including War Ends and Means, Informing Statecraft, The Character of Nations, Advice to War Presidents, and A Students’ Guide to International Relations. He is a student of the classics as well as of European literature; he is also a commercial grape grower. Video: Angelo Codevilla on the importance of history in current policy decisions.

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Law, Healthcare, and Finance
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From the Rule of Law to the Triumph of the Will

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Library of Law and Liberty
Sunday, July 27, 2014

The arguments by which the Obama administration is countering lawsuits that seek to limit Obamacare subsidies to participants in “exchanges” established by states—a limit that is specified in the Obamacare law itself—have raised the outcome’s stakes. Administration officials argue that the plain, unmistakable, uncontested language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is less important than what they want the law to mean, and that hewing to its words would deprive millions of people of the subsidies that the administration had granted them regardless of those words. Therefore the courts should enforce what the administration wants rather than what the law says.

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Israel's Iron Dome, and Us

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Library of Law and Liberty
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Images of Hamas’s artillery rockets being intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system naturally lead Americans to wonder why, if missiles were fired at our homes, we wouldn’t go to the trouble of stopping them in mid-flight as the Israelis do. The answer is that our bipartisan ruling class decided half a century ago that even trying to protect America against all but token missile attacks would be a hostile act toward Russia and China.

How to Make and Keep the Peace

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

If leaders believe that war is constant and inevitable they will certainly make it so.

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The Ruling Class Went Down to Mississippi

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Liberty Law Talk (Library of Law and Liberty)
Monday, June 30, 2014

The Republican establishment, as it works with Democrats to overcome challenges from GOP and independent voters dissatisfied with the course of events in America, confirms that it is part of the ruling class responsible for those events, and that it intends to push America further along that course. 

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Sunni-stan Rising

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Liberty Law Talk (Library of Law and Liberty)
Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunni fighters from around the Muslim world, having failed to conquer all of Syria from the Assad regime’s Alewites (a branch of Shia Islam) have been pushed eastward into majority-Sunni areas. These extend from east-central Syria into north-central Iraq.

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Obama’s Audiences

by Angelo M. Codevillavia LIbrary of Law and Liberty
Sunday, June 1, 2014

West Point’s graduating cadets were patriotic props for President Obama’s “major speech” on foreign policy. Heavy advertisement of the speech, pre and post, tells us that others were his intended audience. The speech was a defense of his conduct of foreign policy against critics whom he did not name but characterized gratuitously, together with a promise to double down on that conduct in the future.

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The Root of the Discretion to Kill

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Library of Law and Liberty
Monday, May 26, 2014

President Obama announced a few days ago that he will release some parts of the secret memorandum by which the U.S. government authorizes itself to kill whichever U.S. citizens it deems terrorist enemies. 

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Discredited in Benghazi

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Library of Law and Liberty
Monday, May 19, 2014
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America’s New Security State

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
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Who's Afraid of the USA? No One

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Washington Times
Wednesday, May 14, 2014