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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

International Law? U.S. Military Action Is Actually Prohibited By The UN Charter

by David Davenportvia Forbes.com
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

International law vis-a-vis chemical weapons is part of the problem, not the solution.

Analysis and Commentary

Watching the Middle East Implode

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian Podcast: The Legacy of Ronald Coase

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Listen to The Legacy of Ronald Coase by Hoover Institution: Richard Epstein considers the legacy of his friend and colleague Ronald Coase. | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.

Analysis and Commentary

Fifteen Minutes of Foreign Policy Malfeasance

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Obama takes a bow while America's geopolitical position takes a direct hit.

Analysis and Commentary

Race-Based Medicine

by Henry I. Millervia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

India Should Create The Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Agency, Despite Its Serious Flaws

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes.com
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

India should appreciate the importance of genetically improved varieties of crops.

Analysis and Commentary

The Global Stake in China’s Anti-Corruption Reform

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Obama’s Farce

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

He sold his plan for bombing Syria on flawed political assumptions.

Analysis and Commentary

Second-Time Farce on Syria

by Kori Schakevia Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Having allowed an unscripted remark about red lines to take the United States to the brink of war, and after a

Analysis and Commentary

Making Frenemies with Putin

by Elizabeth Cobbsvia Reuters
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nations have interests, not friends or enemies. It's in U.S. interests to engage other countries in umpiring the peace of the world. Interests are lighthouses on foreign policy's rocky shores: In a storm, they help governments distinguish between what they must do to survive, and what they might wish to do if seas were calm.

Analysis and Commentary

Four Posts Within a Post Remembering 9/11

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Here are four posts recalling life in the U.S. Treasury on 9/11 and afterwards Flying Back to Treasury on 9/11: I was in a hotel room in Tokyo when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, recen...

Analysis and Commentary

A Bare-Chested Machiavelli

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It is unfortunate that Vladimir Putin could not use his formidable diplomatic skills at home to address his own near failing state rather than showcasing them abroad at our expense. Oh, well . . . Without much effort, his Alice-in-Wonderland proposal of collecting WMD from Assad, in the midst of a civil war no less (does this mean a mandatory 24-hour time-out so that U.N. inspectors can rush in with clipboards and audit the ten warring sides?), all at once seems to have kept his Mediterranean coastal client Bashar Assad not just alive, but with the upper hand in the war just by — in theory, though unlikely in fact — eliminating 1 percent of the combined killing capacity so far demonstrated in the fighting.  Putin, the leveler of Grozny, and absolutely callous to the first 99,000 killed in Syria, has advertised to the world his humanitarian empathy in preventing an American-led, new escalation of the war, supposedly to be waged over the last 1,000 dead. He has reminded the “international community” and U.S. allies why they were absolutely baffled over the administration’s hazy aims, contradictory means, and uncertain desired ends, and in effect also reminded them why they were wise not to sign on to such a directionless and capricious agenda.  He has made a floundering Barack Obama grasp onto a supposed life line, reduced the rhetorician John Kerry to a caricature of John Kerry, and now has almost controlled the entire pulse of the ill-thought-out and poorly planned U.S. preemption — which is being reduced to something like “at least we inspired Putin’s ridiculous idea in the first place and only our threats produced such an unhinged Russian response.” How strange that Putin is supposedly enhancing the Obama administration’s weird notion that it is not who controls and uses WMD that matters, but the mere existence of WMD itself that almost spontaneously kills people. This charade will last as long as Obama is intent on bombing to recover his own lost credibility over his unfortunate red lines, and as long as Putin can keeping producing a new phantasm as quickly as the prior one disappears. No doubt his well-timed efforts have altered the contents of tonight’s presidential address, and later this week he will do something again to alter the alterations of the presidential address. One would have thought Putin wielded the huge military, enjoyed the cachet of being a Nobel laureate, was surrounded by just-war theorists, and led the world’s largest democracy and economy.

Interviews
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson on the Hugh Hewitt Show

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hugh Hewitt Show
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

HH: I am joined now to gauge reaction to the President’s speech from Victor Davis Hanson, eminent military historian and frequent visitor to my regular sho

In the News
In the News

Law Talk With Epstein & Yoo: The Leatherheads

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Ricochet
Friday, September 6, 2013

Direct link to MP3 This week on Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo, the professors and Troy Senik tackle the legalities of the war powers resolution, the NSA's seemingly unstoppable reach, the NFL concussion settlement, and run down whether or not college football players ought to be paid. Hike! It's the law: Subscribe to Law Talk and don't miss another down.  Our thanks…