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Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "At Least You're Not Mullah Mansour" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, May 27, 2016

President Obama makes one last pivot to Asia in an official visit to Vietnam and Japan. The United States kills the Taliban’s leader. And a State Department inspector general report scolds Hillary Clinton and others for their use of private email. Plus, Susan reads cybersecurity advice for members of Congress—from other members of Congress. And the gang is all together—in a cool new photo!

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The Mental Gymnastics Of The Pro-Trump GOP

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia Chicago Tribune
Friday, May 27, 2016

This week, two leading conservative writers made cases for why queasy Republicans should (or will) suck it up and support Donald Trump. This happened, somewhat hilariously, in the same week in which Trump spent approximately 15 minutes mocking various Republicans at a California rally, publicly bashing New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a well-liked rising star in the GOP, and blatantly lying about telling a previous blatant lie about raising $6 million for veterans.

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On Nuclear Weapons, Nations Must Cooperate To Avoid Catastrophe

by Sam Nunnfeaturing George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissingervia The Washington Post
Thursday, May 26, 2016

President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima comes almost 71 years after the conclusion of a world war that was fought and ended with tremendous sacrifice, huge casualties and immense devastation. Today, global nuclear arsenals are capable of destroying not only cities but also civilization itself. 

Harvey C. Mansfield
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Harvey Mansfield Is The Man

featuring Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Weekly Standard
Thursday, May 26, 2016

There aren't many political philosophers who operate on the level of Harvey Mansfield. By which I mean that it takes a special kind of smart to be able to explain serious philosophy in a way that even chuckleheads like me can understand it.

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Learning What Not To Do: The North Korean Nuclear Example

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Friday, May 27, 2016

There are no historical precedents to justify current American confidence that the treaty with Iran will prevent it from going nuclear. There are, however, historical precedents of how unauthorized and unhelpful secret back channels have derailed ongoing major U.S. governmental diplomatic initiatives and negotiations that involve difficult players.

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Blinded by the Light? What It Will Take for the Iran Deal to Succeed

by Bing West via Strategika
Friday, May 27, 2016

Before addressing history, it should be pointed out that the Obama agreement (it is not a treaty) provides Iran with the expertise, systems, and unimpeded bridge to nuclear weapons within about twelve years. Iran can abide by the agreement and still become a power with nuclear weapons.

In the News

The Mental Gymnastics Of The Pro-Trump GOP

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 26, 2016

This week, two leading conservative writers made cases for why queasy Republicans should (or will) suck it up and eventually support Donald Trump. This happened, somewhat hilariously, the same week in which Trump spent approximately 15 minutes mocking various Republicans at a California rally; publicly bashed New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a well-liked rising star in the GOP; and blatantly lied about telling a previous blatant lie about raising $6 million for veterans.

Analysis and Commentary

My Response To Scott Sumner

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, May 26, 2016

I'm still scratching my head at co-blogger Scott Sumner's recent post titled "You're not special." It seems like a combination of extreme subjectivism, denial of subjectivism, putting his thumb on the obvious, and argument from authority. 

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Bush V. Reagan On Immigration

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Scott Sumner posted this beautiful exchange between Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. on immigration. Scott titles the post "when the GOP still had some decency," which I think he should more accurately state as "when the two leading GOP presidential candidates still had some decency."

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And The Powers Of The American Presidency (Part I)

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

John Adams's famous aspiration is not our reality: We live in a government of men, as well as laws. One of those men, the most powerful of them all, may soon be Donald Trump.

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