Adonis Hoffman: Cancel culture is techno tyranny – it gives everyone the power to do this

By Adonis Hoffman While cancellation may seek to stifle speech, it causes social and economic destruction as well. …read more

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Liz Peek: Trump’s big win on relief orders – here’s why Pelosi, Schumer are so unhappy

By Liz Peek Furious that Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were blocking a bill to help Americans through the COVID-19 crisis, President Trump stepped up and got the job done, all by himself. …read more

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Brent Scowcroft RIP: He Risked A Friend To Reject the Iraq War

By Robert W. Merry

Among the important documents elucidating America’s post-Cold War descent into humanitarian interventionism and Neocon hegemonic thinking, we must include a ​Wall Street Journal​ op-ed piece that appeared on August 15, 2002. Entitled “Don’t Attack Saddam.” It laid out the most salient arguments for why then-President George W. Bush should not send an expeditionary force to conquer Iraq, upend its noxious leader, and remake the country.

It was written by Brent Scowcroft, who had served two presidents as national security adviser and had distinguished himself for decades as a sound and adroit thinker in the realm of American foreign policy. An Iraq invasion, wrote Scowcroft, would end up as a fool’s errand that likely would destabilize the Arab world, distract America from it’s premier foreign policy imperative of countering Islamist terrorism, probably exacerbate that terrorism threat, and isolate America in the world. Besides, the rationale for war included the notion, clearly false, that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had ties to terrorist organizations targeting the United States. America, said Scowcroft, shouldn’t fight wars based on false notions.

When Scowcroft died August 6 at age 95, obituary writers inevitably noted his August 2002 op-ed piece. But few captured the full significance or the drama of the man’s editorial pronouncement. First, it was a direct assault on the emergent foreign policy bellicosity of George W. Bush and an implicit defense of the more measured foreign policy thinking of

Bush’s father, George H. W. Bush, whom Scowcroft served through his four-year presidency and who was one of Scowcroft’s closest friends.

That friendship raised questions over whether the elder Bush agreed with Scowcroft’s critique of his son’s emergent war policy. And in fact Scowcroft told associates at the time that the father did indeed harbor serious concerns about his son’s resolve for war. Not surprisingly, Scowcroft’s op-ed earned him a frosty response from the people of the second Bush presidency. But the fact that he would seek to undermine this budding foreign policy departure of his good friend’s son gave his words an added appearance of conviction.

More significantly, though, that conviction can be seen as representing a critical turning point in American foreign policy—away from a particular brand of realism in international relations and toward the concept of America as a unipolar global force capable of having its way as it embraced the grand plan of remaking the world in the American image. As a man standing athwart this foolish vision at a crucial historical juncture, even unsuccessfully, Scowcroft emerges as a pivotal figure in America’s post-Cold War history. As such, he deserves the respectful attention he has received at his passing from the nation’s major publications.

Although Scowcroft’s record is not altogether unmixed, the foreign policy precepts that animated him coalesced into a largely coherent and sound foreign policy philosophy. During the Cold War, when he served as national security adviser to President Gerald Ford, he embraced the search for “detente” with the Soviet Union engineered by Ford’s predecessor, Richard Nixon, and Nixon’s foreign policy architect, Henry Kissinger, a Scowcroft mentor. …read more

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Jim Daly: These 11 lessons among the blessings I’ve received while hosting radio show

By Jim Daly I recently reflected on some of the many lessons I’ve learned about life and faith from the thousand-plus guests I’ve interviewed. …read more

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Paul Packer & Herschel Walker: Jews and Black Americans should fight racism and anti-Semitism together

By Paul Packer Today, when the challenges facing America and the world seem so vast, Jews and Black Americans should lean on each other and look to our historical bond for solace and support. …read more

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Newt Gingrich: New York City crime skyrockets as Mayor de Blasio sides with criminals against cops

By Newt Gingrich New York City is experiencing an alarming surge in violent crime. Over the first half of 2020, homicides soared by 21 percent and shootings increased by 46 percent compared to the same period of time last year. …read more

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Max Lucado: This simple trick can ease anxiety even in your darkest hours

By Max Lucado Anyone can thank God for the light. Jesus teaches us to thank God for the night. …read more

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Andy Puzder: Trump coronavirus executive orders aid struggling families, after Dems block action in Congress

By Andy Puzder President Trump showed once again Saturday that he places America and the American people first when he signed executive orders to provide much-needed coronavirus economic relief to struggling families …read more

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Andrew McCarthy: Should Judge Sullivan be disqualified from Michel Flynn case?

By Andrew McCarthy The federal judge in the Michael Flynn case is refusing to allow the Justice Department to drop the prosecution of the former national security adviser. …read more

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