How One G7 Photo Perfectly Captured the Appeal of Donald Trump

G7 summed up in one photo. pic.twitter.com/TLv1wr6xrW — Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) June 9, 2018 The above photo of President Trump surrounded by scowling world leaders at the G7 summit is already iconic. And more than that: it’s quickly becoming an important test of who understands the reasons Trump won in 2016 — and who doesn’t. It is, as CNN’s Chris Cillizza put it, a Rorschach test for attitudes towards Trump. To the media and political elites, it’s a damning piece of evidence of how Trump has tarnished America’s reputation and how the President’s “America First,” go-it-alone strategy is hurting our

On Afghanistan, Trump Finally Abandons the Bush-Obama Message

… The American people are weary of war without victory. … Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition:  attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge. … Ultimately, it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society, and to achieve an everlasting peace. We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live,

War Is Hell — Even for the US Economy

Yesterday, President Trump announced the United States will significantly increase its military presence in Afghanistan, with some estimating an additional 4,000 troops could be joining the 8,400 already on the ground. Without even a conversational understanding of the current status of the war or our policy objectives, I do not wish to criticize the consensus opinion of America’s brightest military minds that a troop surge is needed. There is no question that those who arrived at this decision are deeply aware of the enormous sacrifice that comes with sending more of America’s promising youth to fight overseas, and did not

Conservatives Praise Trump’s Hire for Key Religious Freedom Post

In a statement released by the White House’s Office of the Press Secretary yesterday, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the Department of State: Mr. Brownback has been Governor of Kansas since 2011.  Previously, he served as a U.S. Senator (1996-2011) and a U.S. Representative in the House of Representatives (1995-1996) from Kansas.  While a member of the Senate, he worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries and was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.  He also

What Makes Our Relationship with Great Britain So “Special”?

There has been a great deal of news coverage recently discussing the relationship between Great Britain and the United States. Indeed, we regard our alliance as one of the most important and powerful alliances in the history of the world. Of course, it wasn’t always this way. Remember when the Redcoats burned down the White House? National Humanities Medal holder Lewis E. Lehrman is out with a new book, Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft, and it is an absolute must-read. The book answers a basic question: How did these two global superpowers go from staunch geopolitical

Alarming New Report Reveals Christianity Under Attack Worldwide

In September 2008, a group of Islamists invaded the home of an Indonesian pastor, dragged him to the street, and demanded he convert to Islam. “When he refused, they cut off his finger,” reports Under Caesar’s Sword, a new study by 17 scholars of Christian persecution in 25 countries. “He still refused, so they chopped off his hand. When he refused again, they cut off his arms, and when he refused again they sawed off his legs, ending by chopping off his head. The pastor’s wife met the same fate.” It’s not just Islamists or Islam. “Communist regimes like China, Vietnam, Laos,

For Americans, Peace Trumps War

Presidential politics, big picture, is mainly about two things: prosperity and peace, a/k/a national security. On the prosperity side Donald Trump is beginning to attract unexpected mainstream praise for the economic, specifically monetary, policy element of his prosperity agenda. Matt O’Brien, at the Washington Post, writes On this [Federal Reserve Policy] issue, Donald Trump knows a lot more than other Republicans. Sad!  At The Week Jeff Spross writes Donald Trump is shockingly sane on the Federal Reserve. Now Politico reports Trump’s economic policies start to make sense, former Fed board member says. The Washington Post‘s Jim Tankersley already scooped that

How Should Social Conservatives Handle a Trump Victory?

As you know, I have endorsed Senator Ted Cruz. As much as I understand Donald Trump’s appeal, I have significant concerns about him. They include his suggestion that he would remain neutral between Israel and the Palestinians, his continued defense of Planned Parenthood and whether he will appoint reliably conservative judges. Having said all of that, I am more disturbed by the increasing number of folks who are saying, “If Candidate X (usually Trump) gets the nomination, I’ll vote for Clinton or stay home.” Let me say this as clearly as I can: Hillary Clinton MUST NOT become the next president of