This past week, the Marine Corps announced that it will be deploying 300 Marines to Afghanistan’s Helmand province to serve in an “advise-and-assist” capacity. According to Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner Jr., who will command these Marines, their duties will include helping the Afghans in intelligence, logistics, and other combat-enabling functions. Their most immediate concern will be the defense of the province’s beleaguered capital, Lashkar Gah.
Bill McGurn in a recent Wall Street Journal column condemned the “soft despotism” in our government that has been created by “the unelected and increasingly assertive class that populates our federal bureaucracies and substitutes rule by regulation for the rule of law.”
Had I been cryogenically frozen in January 2005, I would have gone to my provisional rest as a happy European. With the enlargement of the European Union to include many post-Communist democracies, the 1989 “return to Europe” dream of my Central European friends was coming true.
For many of the Arab regimes in the region, the election of Trump as president of the United States is positive, if only because Obama's presidency is ending. No less important to them is that the incoming administration is expected to toughen its policy towards Iran.
Another group of terrorism victims has filed suit against a social media company for allegedly giving material support to a terrorist group, in this case ISIS. These cases have been proliferating of late.
This afternoon, CNN reported that President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump had been briefed by the intelligence community on the existence of a cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and the possession by the Russian government of highly compromising material against Trump.
This morning, NBC News reported that Chelsea Manning is on the short list for a possible commutation from President Obama. Back in September—with much attention focused on a Pardon Snowden campaign—we advocated he consider commuting Manning’s sentence.
Hoover Institution fellow Allan Meltzer discusses current central bank policy, both in the United States and abroad, and how monetary policy can become more rules-based. Meltzer also argues many of our current economic problems are real, not nominal, and he hopes a Trump Administration can address some of these woes.