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March 21, 2014 | Weekly Standard

Crimea and Punishment

It's time for a reset for U.S. policy toward Russia. The original Obama reset has now run its course, and President Vladimir Putin has thoroughly dashed all hope of Russia emerging as a partner of the United States and a constructive contributor to a liberal international order. The armed takeover and annexation of Crimea and the threat of further military incursion into eastern Ukraine have established beyond doubt that the United States needs to approach Russia first and foremost as a security challenge.
January 24, 2014 | Advancing a Free Society

The Briefing: The Mail of Others

January 21, 2014 | Council on Foreign Relations

Making Sense of the “International Community”

January 14, 2014 | New Republic

For Republicans, the Decline of Social Mobility is a Crisis

The GOP is finally facing the issue of inequality in America. But why?
December 19, 2013 | Weekly Standard

Unhappy Allies: Obama Annoys Europe

Apparently relations between the United States and Europe are actually maturing. How else to account for the singular absence of transatlantic crisis-mongering over the many, many ways in which the Obama administration has annoyed our allies in Europe?
November 19, 2013 | New Republic

While No One Was Watching, Social Conservatives Just Lost Their Stranglehold on the GOP

A recent Senate vote is good news for those who care about tolerance
October 20, 2013 | New Republic

There's a New Political Story Line—and it's Good for Republicans

The GOP used to be viewed as a right-wing monolith. Now it's thought of as a party split between radicals and non-radicals. This is actually good news for Republicans.
September 23, 2013 | Weekly Standard

Maxilateral Man

With his Syria policy careening from inaction to the threat of force to a request for congressional approval to a diplomatic bailout from Russia, the long-vexing puzzle of what makes Barack Obama tick has again come to the fore.
August 8, 2013 | New Republic

Do Republicans Oppose Everything Obama Does? Here's a Test.

The GOP has obstructed Obama's ideas, but the reasons have been philosophical, not partisan. Or have they? A corporate-tax proposal is the tell.
July 1, 2013 | Commentary

The Depressed Hyperpower

June 25, 2013 | Weekly Standard

A Bear in the Desert

June 24, 2013 | New Republic

The NSA Scandal Was Good for Obama

June 11, 2013 | New Republic

The Second-Term Interventionists

June 3, 2013 | Weekly Standard

The Other Benghazi Scandal

April 18, 2013 | New Republic

Gun Control's Long Game

April 12, 2013 | New Republic

What Margaret Thatcher Taught Barack Obama

March 28, 2013 | New Republic

No Agenda? No Problem.

March 6, 2013 | Weekly Standard

How to Prevent Atrocities

January 22, 2013 | Commentary

What Is the Future of Conservatism?

January 7, 2013 | Weekly Standard

GOP Chaos on Capitol Hill?

September 14, 2012 | (NY)

Lee Ohanian on Policy Review Podcast

May 21, 2012 | Weekly Standard

The Once and Future Liberal

Obama runs as the progressive that he is...
April 2, 2012 | Weekly Standard

A Model Intervention

Has the Libya precedent paralyzed the Obama ­administration on Syria?...
February 20, 2012 | Weekly Standard

The Coming Attack on Iran

When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, something’s gotta give...
January 23, 2012 | Weekly Standard

The Bain of His Campaign

Could inflict considerable pain...
October 10, 2011 | Weekly Standard

From Hero-Worship to Celebrity-Adulation

The problem of greatness in an age of equality...
September 27, 2011 | Boston Review

Weighing Alternatives

Examining only cases in which the United States has opted for interventionist policies is like adding up one side of a ledger. You simply can’t calculate the best policy, intervention or non-intervention, from there...
August 30, 2011 | San Francisco Examiner

Libya unrest stirs up questions over fate of Lockerbie bomber

An intriguing sideshow to the Libyan revolt is the fate of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber released to Libya from a Scottish prison two years ago...
August 23, 2011 | Weekly Standard

The New California

Whether he wins the nomination or not, Rick Perry’s August charge into the top echelon of GOP presidential hopefuls marks at least this turning point: In national Republican politics, Texas is the new California...
May 31, 2011 | Weekly Standard

Obama in the Abstract

Spokesman for the ‘international community...’
April 18, 2011 | Weekly Standard

Budget Gamesmanship

The Republicans are winning the deficit debate...
April 4, 2011 | Weekly Standard

The U.N. Effect

Obama’s quest for ‘international legitimacy’ makes for a dishonest Libya policy...
March 7, 2011 | Weekly Standard

The Do-Nothing President

The Republicans’ surprising new critique of Obama...
January 24, 2011 | Weekly Standard

Free at Last

Maybe we’re just more used to changes in control of the House of Representatives than we were in 1994...But Barack Obama has not exactly been reeling. If anything, he seems to have found his lost groove...
November 13, 2010 | Weekly Standard

Speaking Truth to Mullah Power

At a conclave of big shots, Lindsey Graham steals the show...
October 30, 2010 | Weekly Standard

President McCain at Midterm

...[T]his is not fiction but rather an attempt to take what we know about American politics and ask what would have happened if, mirabile dictu, the 2008 election had gone the other way and John McCain were president of the United States today...
August 22, 2010 | Foreign Affairs

Aggression in the Court

The idea of holding national leaders to account for waging wars of aggression has moral appeal and historical pedigree. But whether the International Criminal Court can try such cases is a thornier issue...
June 7, 2010 | Weekly Standard

Nothing to Sneeze At

Oh, sure, there’s enough particulate matter in the New York City air to turn a white shirt gray by the end of the workday. And a couple whiffs of a narrow West Side cross street tightly enclosed by high-rises on a hot summer day when the trash is overdue for pickup could put even the strongest stomach to the test...

May 17, 2010 | Weekly Standard

East Meets West

At last, we have the essential complement to Robert Kagan’s Of Paradise and Power, and its subtitle—“How America and Europe Are Alike”—will surely evoke protest from those on both sides of the Atlantic who have become vested advocates of the differences between the United States and Europe and the manifest superiority of one side over and against the other...

March 1, 2010 | Commentary

Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) ranks at or near the top of lists of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, thanks especially to his magnum opus, Being and Time, published in Germany in 1927. . . .

February 1, 2010 | Weekly Standard

The Dead Duck Congress

With nothing to lose, will they go for broke? . . .

December 7, 2009 | Weekly Standard

Punishing Allies . . .

The view of Obama from Central Europe. . . .

October 19, 2009 | Weekly Standard

Standing Down

Perhaps President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize will spur a sudden global outpouring of love and affection for the United States, but the American Political Science Association (APSA) thinks our image problem runs deeper: Its 20-member blue chip task force (minus two dissenters) has concluded that U.S. standing in the world is in trouble...

September 21, 2009 | Weekly Standard

The New Third Rail

If Hogwarts were a school for politicians, there would be a required class on "Defense Against the Dark Arts of Demagoguery."...

September 7, 2009 | Weekly Standard

Fair Is Foul in Scotland

Since there is so little of it, let's start with the good news about the release from prison and triumphant return to Libya of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the terrorist who was supposedly serving a life sentence in a Scottish prison for his role in blowing Pan Am 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270 people...

April 1, 2009 | Commentary

The Only Way To Prevent Genocide

Have you ever found yourself in the position of asking, on your own behalf or on behalf of others, how many or precisely which people it would be useful to kill in order to secure a benefit for yourself or your cause?...

November 16, 2008 | Washington Post

The Center-Right Nation Exits Stage Left

Here's the main thought Republicans are consoling themselves with these days...

June 20, 2008 | International Herald Tribune

Back to basics

Speaking to the nation on the night he clinched the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama rejected the kind of politics that "uses religion as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon."...

September 8, 2007 | Weekly Standard

All Washed Up

"In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car..."

August 13, 2007 | Weekly Standard

Center Fold?

There's no obvious way to measure such a thing, but as a matter of intuition, you'd have to say that the most hated people in America today are sensible Democrats...

July 30, 2007 | Weekly Standard

Hillary Who?

A miniflap recently broke out over a Politico item about a July 9 memo to "Interested Parties" from Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's chief strategist...

May 21, 2007 | Weekly Standard


Three weeks ago, when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Bush administration's firing of several U.S. attorneys and did so to bad reviews even from conservatives, most of official Washington figured he was a goner...

April 16, 2007 | Washington Times

A columnist's farewell

When I came to Washington in 1985, it was with the expectation that I would be spending my life fighting the Cold War...

April 10, 2007 | Washington Times

Speaking of foreign affairs

If, as Karl Marx's adage holds, history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce, what happens when the repetition repeats itself?

April 3, 2007 | Washington Times

War chests 2008

At what level of giving, if any, would the people who contribute money to political candidates begin to feel overstretched?

March 27, 2007 | Washington Times

A 'disgusting' House bill on Iraq

I would have joined surge supporters in voting against the House supplemental appropriations bill because of the constraints it seeks to impose on whatever ability we may have to get to acceptable conditions in Iraq, especially the arbitrary imposition of a withdrawal timetable regardless of military needs...

March 20, 2007 | Washington Times

D.C. voting rights and congressional politics

When I moved to Washington 21 years ago and decided to live in the District rather than Maryland or Virginia, I knew I was voluntarily choosing to forgo something most Americans take entirely for granted, namely, their say in choosing a representative in the House and two members of the Senate...

March 13, 2007 | Washington Times

Enough is enough

It's hypocrisy season in Washington...

March 6, 2007 | Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's Iraq problem

We all know that Hillary Clinton has found herself twisted into a knot over her position on Iraq...

February 27, 2007 | Washington Times

Obama in the running

The essential question in crowded presidential fields is always this: What are you really running for?

February 20, 2007 | Washington Times

The Democrats and the war

The House vote opposing the surge in Iraq drew 17 Republicans, far fewer than Democrats hoped, so the scenario of a collapse in congressional support for the war effort forcing President Bush's hand has been averted for now...

February 13, 2007 | Washington Times

Putin's posture

The annual meeting of defense and foreign-policy eminences here is usually devoted to a fair amount of carping from one side of the Atlantic to the other...

February 6, 2007 | Washington Times

For or against the next war?

Opposition to the Iraq war has understandably led to a more generally anti-interventionist climate in Washington...

February 12, 2007 | Weekly Standard

The Treaty of the Democratic Peace

For years now, the political science literature has been exploring the phenomenon of the "democratic peace," according to which, to state it in its bluntest form, democracies do not go to war with one another...

January 30, 2007 | Washington Times

Mixed media

The Politico, the new Web site specializing in Washington political coverage, may or may not be the wave of the future...

January 23, 2007 | Washington Times

The field so far

Several strands of conventional wisdom are gathering into an early narrative line on the 2008 presidential race...

January 16, 2007 | Washington Times

The anti-war locomotive

No surprise, but Democrats on Capitol Hill and most everywhere else have checked out on Iraq, and they're taking a few Republicans with them...

January 9, 2007 | Washington Times

Succeed or fail

President Bush has apparently decided that he wants one more chance to win this war...

January 1, 2007 | Washington Times

Judging President Ford

t's not every politician who gets to write the headline for his own obituary...

December 26, 2006 | Washington Times

Democracy's 'systemic' problems

This has been a good year for taking stock of the state of the political system...

December 19, 2006 | Washington Times

Bush must exercise winning options in Iraq

Not that they are in any other respect comparable, but Iraq and the Clinton health care reform effort of 1993-94 are politically comparable in that each precipitated the loss of control of Congress by the party of the president...

December 12, 2006 | Washington Times

A review of Iraq Study Group

A literary agent once told me that when you are trying to sell a book to a publisher, you should always keep in mind that it's not really the book you're selling; it's the idea of the book...

December 5, 2006 | Washington Times

Bush's freedom speech

At the Riga airport on the way to a German Marshall Fund-sponsored conference running parallel to the biannual NATO summit, a German friend asked me what I thought George W. Bush would say in the speech he was scheduled to give...

November 28, 2006 | Washington Times

Baseline or high-water mark?

When people look back on the 2006 elections 10 years later, what will they see?

November 21, 2006 | Washington Times

Judging voters

As we mull the implications of the November elections for what comes next in Iraq, it's worth keeping in mind that this was, in fact, the third time voters have had an opportunity to weigh in on the subject...

November 14, 2006 | Washington Times

Questions and the sixth-year rule

Generally speaking, elections are about comparative judgments...

November 20, 2006 | Weekly Standard

Pathetic Republicans . . .

Pathetic Republicans, who can save you now?

November 7, 2006 | Washington Times

Predictions no more

Beginning a little less than a year ago, Democrats set expectations for today's elections at levels ranging from high to highest: They were going to win back control of the House for the first time since 1995 and the Senate as well....

October 31, 2006 | Washington Times

Not-so-great political expectations

Here's an observation for one week before the midterm: Throughout the Bush administration, Democrats have generally believed that they are poised on the brink of victory...

October 17, 2006 | Washington Times

Bush and his conjurings

There was one consistently amusing poll question asked in the run-up to the 2004 presidential primary season…

October 10, 2006 | Washington Times

Midterm toss-up

If I had to sum up the conventional wisdom a month before the congressional elections, it would be this: If Democrats can't win control of the House this year, they really are lame...

October 3, 2006 | Washington Times

Republicans and the midterm

When Karl Rove relinquished the position of deputy White House chief of staff earlier this year, supposedly in order to concentrate full-time on retaining the Republican majority in this year's congressional elections, the most prevalent Washington reaction was that the move constituted a demotion...

September 26, 2006 | Washington Times

More than pork and rubber

Every so often I retreat to the privacy of my cerebrum to debate the following proposition: Resolved, that the sole reason the United States remains democratic in character at the national level is the election of its president every four years, the Congress of the United States having become a dysfunctional and decadent institution...

September 19, 2006 | Washington Times

Darfurians in crosshairs

Just about a year ago at the United Nations, leaders at the world summit embraced a principle that amounts to a revolution in moral consciousness, the "responsibility to protect...

September 12, 2006 | Washington Times

Then, now and beyond

We are all Americans,"Nous sommestous Americains," was the headline in France's Le Monde five years ago today, as the world began to take stock of the shocking attack the day before...

September 5, 2006 | Washington Times

Looking back to 9/11

Suppose, five years after September 11, 2001, you had to assign yourself a single adjective to describe how you feel and what you think in relation to the events of that day...

August 29, 2006 | Washington Times

Vice presidential possibilities

Do you need to know who a party's presidential nominee will be before you can say anything about who its nominee for vice president will be…

August 22, 2006 | Washington Times

With and without Hillary

Some of the key considerations in selecting a vice presidential running mate, as followers of our summer seminar in this space know, are part unity, ticket balancing, electoral advantage and plausibility as an eventual successor to the Oval Office…

August 8, 2006 | Washington Times

Anyone for seconds

There are two kinds of presidential candidates: those who actually aspire to the nation's highest office and those who are running to elevate their profile or push an ideological agenda…

August 1, 2006 | Washington Times

Looking at Republicans and 2008

The 2008 presidential election is a wide-open contest, and Democrats, as we saw here last week, have responded with a broad field…

July 26, 2006 | Washington Times

Looking at 2008

The 2008 presidential election will be a wide-open contest. Democrats are responding to this fact with gusto, as a gaggle of serious candidates has already come forward…

July 18, 2006 | Washington Times

In the face of confrontation

Apparently, Israel didn't get the memo about the inefficacy of military force as revealed by the difficulties of the United States in Iraq…

July 11, 2006 | Washington Times

Where Milosevic's butchery held sway

The bottom line is this: Are we going to finish the job in Europe, or are we going to turn our backs on those who haven't yet made their way in from the cold…

July 4, 2006 | Washington Times

The star-spangled banner

When I was a kid, on the Fourth of July, Dad and I used to drag the stereo speakers out onto the back porch in the morning and treat the neighborhood to a rousing full-blast rendition of "The Stars and Stripes Forever …

June 20, 2006 | Washington Times

Bush's poll numbers

When you see your opportunity, you take it…

June 13, 2006 | Washington Times

European identity

The failure of the European Constitutional Treaty in referenda in the Netherlands and France last year led to a determination among European leaders that the time had come for a "moment of reflection…

June 6, 2006 | Washington Times

Why bother taking responsibility?

Every so often appears a piece of writing that just takes your breath away for the way in which it encapsulates the vacuous self-centeredness and resentment into which our world of unprecedented convenience and comfort invites the human personality to dissipate…

May 30, 2006 | Washington Times

Engagement or confrontation?

Engage or confront…

May 23, 2006 | Washington Times

The Hillary agenda

Democrats have a mantra they trot out from time to time when they fall to squabbling among themselves: You can always count on Republicans to march in lockstep, whereas Democrats just can't keep from arguing with each other…


July 25, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Taxes and the Senate

Without a realistic possibility of Senate support for tax hikes, the whole revenue side of the discussion ceaselessly promoted by the White House dissolves into meaninglessness...
July 12, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Lessons from Libya

I offered four lessons from Libya – all of them predicated on the assumption that Muamar Qaddafi goes, whether by lucky drone strike, internal coup or assassination, or flight into exile...
June 27, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Wanted: Muammar Qaddafi

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has now issued an arrest warrant – the equivalent of an indictment in the U.S. system — against Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi...
June 19, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

What Allies Are Worth

There have been plenty of instances when the United States has found itself in a position of acting on its own, and this pattern will certainly continue. All the more reason, therefore, to act in consort with others when possible...
January 15, 2010 | New York Times

Is the U.S. Doing Enough for Haiti?

With conditions in Haiti growing worse by the hour, the Obama administration has pledged $100 million and is sending 5,000 troops to help in relief efforts there. . . .


March 27, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Tod Lindberg on the John Batchelor Show (8:57)

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June 5, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

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June 4, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

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May 1, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

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April 10, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

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April 2, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

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February 4, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

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January 8, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

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April 5, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Tod Lindberg on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Co-Host Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents; Moshen Sazegara; Hassan Shariatmadari; John Bolton, AEI; Tod Lindberg, Hoover...
February 19, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Tod Lindberg on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Tod Lindberg, Hoover Institution; Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ; David Livingston, The Space Show; Michael Auslin, AEI...
January 20, 2012 | John Williams Show (WGN)

$374,328...pocket change

Mitt Romney's latest slip up was revealing that the $374,328 he makes from speaking in one year is pocket change. Tod Lindberg, Columnist for the Weekly Standard, joins the show to elaborate...
August 26, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Tod Lindberg and Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Aaron Task, Yahoo Finance; Tod Lindberg, Hoover Institution; Amir Aczel, author; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution...
March 11, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Tod Lindberg on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Frances Symes, Roll Call; Tod Lindberg, Hoover; Colleen Deblaise, WSJ; Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index...
November 26, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Tod Lindberg on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Alicia Finley, WSJ; Joe Rago, WSJ; Tod Lindberg, Hoover Institution; Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg
November 3, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Fouad Ajami and Tod Lindberg on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Bret Stephens, WSJ; Todd Lindberg, Hoover Institution; Fouad Ajami, Hoover Institution; Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index...
November 1, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Tod Lindberg on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Bob Zimmerman,; Russell Schweickart, astronaut; Tom Jones, astronaut; Tod Lindberg, Hoover Institution; Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times...
April 8, 2010 | WRVA (Richmond)

No Nukes!

Obama signs a treaty with the Russians and he established limits on using nuclear weapons. Also, why drop "Islamic radicalism" from list of terror terms?

October 12, 2009 | Diane Rehm Show (Washington, DC)

President Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize

President Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize...

Other Media

February 5, 2013 | Policy Review

Policy Review: The Final Issue

December 1, 2012 | Policy Review

December/January Policy Review Issue

April 11, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Modern Hero Worship

Our egalitarian society distrusts claims of greatness and heroism...
March 30, 2012 | Policy Review

Mars and Venus, Ten Years Later: Editor's Note

Essays on the United States and Europe...
June 10, 2010 | Future Challenges in National Security and Law

Future Challenges E-Book

In the new online volume, Future Challenges in National Security and Law, members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law and guest contributors offer incisive commentary on the controversies that have erupted over national security law in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, laying the foundations for understanding such future issues...

May 29, 2009 | PBS

Religion and the Courts

DEBORAH POTTER, guest anchor: As we mentioned earlier, another presidential nominee is in the spotlight this week, Sonia Sotomayor...

November 17, 2008 | Washington Post

Outlook: The Electorate's Left Turn

Sorry, GOP: Research Shows Nation No Longer Leans Right...

April 1, 2008 | National Review Online

Sermon on the Hill

Tod Lindberg, editor of Policy Review, is author of The Political Teachings of Jesus. Lindberg recently talked to National Review Online editor Kathryn Lopez about Jesus and 2008...

September 18, 2007 | Front Page Magazine Online

How the Democrats Lost Their Way

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Tod Lindberg, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and editor of its Washington D.C.-based journal Policy Review...

December 14, 2006 | America Abroad

Great Powers vs. Democracies, Live in Concert

Glad to join a discussion of what seems to me, approaching this question from a political point of view that is a bit of an outlier at the Cafe, is nonetheless an idea whose time has come: a concert of democracies...