With the troubles bubbling over on the Korean Peninsula, as the North Korean regime approaches possession of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of striking the United States, two words, preemptive and preventive, have gained increasing currency. While similar in meaning, their context is crucial in understanding their applicability to the current crisis. And here, as is so often the case, history is a useful tool in thinking through the possibilities.
As his classic work is republished, Robert Conquest reflects on how it threw open the doors of the Gulag’s secrets.
Technology is marvelous, and marvelously oversold. By Niall Ferguson.
The accomplishments of Milton Friedman—and why we still miss him. By Stephen Moore.
With the exception of President George H. W. Bush, every U.S. president since the end of the Cold War has promised American retrenchment from the Middle East. They all have failed to make good on their promises.
In classical logic, the false dichotomy, or false dilemma, is defined as an argument where only two choices are presented yet more exist, or a spectrum of possible choices exists between two extremes. False dilemmas are usually characterized by “either this or that” language but can also be characterized by the omission of choices. This insidious tactic has the appearance of forming a logical argument, but under closer scrutiny it becomes evident that there are more possibilities than the either/or choice that is presented.
The United States should never expect to achieve full burden-sharing with the European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Even in the most balanced alliances, the most powerful member will pay some premium for ensuring its credibility and effectiveness. The United States can strive plausibly to minimize but not eliminate the massive degree of free riding and strategic incoherence that has become politically untenable and strategically unwise.
He used economics to help us understand human behavior.
FISA-gate is as scandalous as Nixon’s break-in. Why won’t the press say so?
The continent is ossifying into irrelevance.
Why America’s progressives flaunt their abusive disdain for Trump voters.
The Bush administration always insisted that encouraging democracy abroad was critical for international security. Europeans—surprise!—now agree. By Amichai Magen.
Eisenhower took office at a time of wars both cold and hot. One of his first actions was a complete rethinking of foreign policy. Our next president could learn from Ike’s example. By J. William DeMarco.
The man who inspired the Velvet Revolution. By Iva K. Naffziger.
At the outbreak of World War II, the United States found itself with a weak, outmoded military and a civilian population utterly unprepared for the shock of total war. Serving as undersecretary of war, Judge Robert P. Patterson mobilized the nation. An appreciation by Keith E. Eiler.
John Podhoretz on Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life by Michael Schumaker
Alexander Rose on Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum
Robert Conquest on the United Nations, the European Union, and the decline of the West.
Arnold Beichman at 90. A celebration by Hoover media fellow David Brooks.
One of the century’s intellectual giants reflects on America’s past—and future. An interview with Hoover fellow Edward Teller by Lee Munson.