US Department of Defense/Jim Gordon

Axis of Folly

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The president of the United States proved rash, the prime minister of Iraq, arrogant. Why Iraq is teetering.

Best Frenemies?

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As Iraq wobbles, Iran might almost look like a friend. It isn’t.

The Price of Our “Responsible” Exit

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Iraq war never ended. We just quit fighting it.

An Army of Revisionists

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How quickly we forget our reasons for toppling Saddam—and our politicians forget how they endorsed it.

Why the Fed Must Return to Rules

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What does the economy need from the Fed? Less intervention, more stability.

The Foundation Crumbles

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rising taxes and the unrestrained growth in entitlements are eating away at the very foundation of our economy: property rights.

Rickety Piketty

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Economist Thomas Piketty wants to confiscate wealth, but he doesn’t grasp where wealth actually comes from.

The United States of Envy

by Allan H. Meltzervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What closes income gaps? Education and innovation—not confiscatory taxes such as those Thomas Piketty proposes.

Economics in a Time of Drought

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let the water flow where the market, not the government, says it should go.

An End to Pension Patches

by Carson Brunovia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meaningful ways to mend the Golden State’s pension-funding gap.

Railroading the Environment

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Block the construction of pipelines and more oil gets shipped by train. That will make spills and accidents more likely, not less.

Side Effects May Include Collusion

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Caution: ObamaCare might encourage hospitals and doctors to fix prices.

Waiting for Dr. Godot

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Long treatment delays at VA hospitals shouldn’t shock us. In countries with government health care monopolies, waiting months—even years—represents business as usual.

Bitter Pills

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Higher costs, fewer choices—the Affordable Care Act is becoming harder and harder to swallow.

Affirmative-Action Foibles

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Democratic Party likes racial preferences in college admissions, but Asian-Americans don’t. Might we see a parting of the ways?

They Might Be Giants

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Then again, they might not. If politics were baseball, President Obama’s team would have whiffed.

The Secret Sharers

by Jack Goldsmithvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If leaks of secret information are so bad, why not plug them? Because both the public and the government consider them useful.

In Snowden We Trust? Never

by Benjamin Wittesvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Self-appointed crusaders, no matter how clever or articulate, must never get to decide which secrets our government can keep.

Imaginary Egypt

by Samuel Tadrosvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Egyptians told themselves a thrilling story about their revolution. Then the fable ended where it had begun: with a pharaoh in power.

Will Iran and Israel Meet in the Middle?

by Abbas Milani, Israel Waismel-Manorvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Iran, hints of a secular thaw. In Israel, the increasing prominence of religious parties. Two nations, antagonistic—and unsettled.

Clooney of Arabia

by Lee Smithvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Movie star George Clooney has become engaged to a member of the Druze, a sect whose members have seen their own share of drama.

“Ukraine Is Fighting Our Battle”

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Five reasons the United States should send military aid to Ukraine.

A Modern Mandarin

by Jonathan Schlefer interview with Michael Spencevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Opening itself to free markets, China has lifted several hundred million people out of poverty. That was the easy part. An interview with Hoover fellow Michael Spence.

Reform Conservatism and the Junior Senator from Utah

with Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

“In the absence of a unifying conservative reform agenda,” says Mike Lee, junior senator from Utah, “there will be a lot of bickering. We need to fill the void.” An interview with Peter Robinson.

Game of Loans

by Kathryn Jean Lopez interview with Charles Calomiris, Stephen Habervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Banking crises are a product of people and strategy, not mysterious forces, say Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber

The Fairness Fallacy

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wait for perfect fairness in life and you’ll wait forever. But that doesn’t mean anybody is holding you back.

Moral Debts

by David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The way we deal with our debts involves more than dollars and cents. It reveals our very character as a people.

Who Will Speak?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today, Salman Rushdie lives in freedom. But the spirit of the fatwa—and the censor—has only grown stronger.

“It Would Be My Fate to Return . . . ”

via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rooted in the old world, the late Hoover fellow Fouad Ajami flourished in the new. A reflection from his final book, In This Arab Time.

Fouad’s Gift

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Farewell to a friend, a guide, and a storyteller of the Arab world’s disorder.

Who’s Number One? Does It Matter?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Country rankings are being twisted to tell all kinds of stories—but rarely the story of how America meets its challenges.

One Summit, Different Dreams

by Hsiao-ting Linvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Cairo Summit offered China a chance to present itself as an equal on the world stage. For Chiang Kai-shek it would lead to bitter disappointment.

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In 1950, American efforts to rebuild Europe were outgrowing their orig- inal ambitions, which were ambitious enough: feed the hungry, revive trade and currencies in allied and former enemy nations alike, resurrect industry, restore stability.