Thomas Sowell perfectly described the world of politics when he said, “No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems.”
No wonder that increasing numbers of British people are convinced that withdrawing from the EU is the “most gratuitous and consequential act of national self-harm in Britain's postwar history,” as the historian Timothy Garton Ash recently wrote.
Christmas came a little early for Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin this year. Russia usually celebrates the holiday on January 7, but President Putin’s present arrived a month early when he announced his intention to remain in office via a national voting process. He has unofficially already won.
If the U.S. wants to succeed at democratic regime change, it can’t act like a fire brigade: Rush in, flood the place, then head back home. Josef Joffe reviews ‘Realism and Democracy’ by Elliott Abrams.