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Trump’s Mission: Make America Great Again; Peace with Honor—Through Deal-Making

As we shall see, peace with honor often comes from crafty diplomacy. Or, as Donald Trump might put it, peace through deal-making. No doubt at least some pointers about grand-strategy deal-making were covered in Trump’s May 18 meeting with Henry Kissinger, the 92-year-old former national security adviser, secretary of state, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. After all, Kissinger still stands as the beau ideal of a US diplomat.

LYNDEN, WA - MAY 07: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a speech during a rally at the The Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center on May 7, 2016 in Lynden, Washington. Trump became the Republican presumptive nominee following his landslide win in Indiana on Tuesday. (Photo by Matt Mills McKnight/Getty Images)

Trump’s Mission To Make America Great Again: How It’s Been Done, How He Can Do It Again

Donald Trump brings his emphasis on the real, and the tangible, with him as he enters the political arena. When he says, “Build a wall on the US-Mexican border,” everyone can visualize it. Whether one loves the idea—as do a majority of Americans, and an overwhelming majority of Republicans—or hates the idea, it’s a real thing in the mind. When he says he would “bomb the [bleep]” out of ISIS, that’s a real thing, too. Tangible.

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Newt Gingrich, 2012: The Overture to Donald Trump, 2016

The presidential candidate was loud, brash, and unafraid. He was not only a critic of the bipartisan establishment, he was also willing to name names. He possessed a brilliant and eclectic mind, leading him to make sweeping declarative statements, as well as raising issues that nobody else was talking about—or even thought of. Yes, everything about him was different; even his hairstyle was different.


The Empire Strikes Back Against Sen. Ted Cruz

What Empire? What Empire is striking back? Answer: It’s the Empire of Beltway Anti-Medical Drug Naderites and bureaucrats—those who have piled high the red tape and the rent-seeking costs, thereby diminishing innovation and pushing down annual approvals of new drugs to levels below those seen in the mid-1990s.

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Reflections on the Slaughter in Paris, Part 2: What Can We Learn from Napoleon Bonaparte, Arnold Toynbee, and Other Dead White European Males?

So now we’re launching airstrikes aimed at really hurting ISIS? Fox News reported on Monday that the US military had destroyed 116 ISIS fuel trucks near the Syrian-Iraq border. Considering that oil is the only valuable export that the Flintstones economy of the Islamic State possesses, that’s a devastating blow.

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Reflections on the Slaughter in Paris: Can We Learn from the Past?

Do Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama now realize that there’s a greater threat than “climate change”? Perhaps, but perhaps not; innocent civilians are a lot easier to kill than the green dream. So the rest of us—those of us who fear mayhem and murder in the streets more than the sea-water level rising a foot or two in the next hundred years—have some serious work to do.

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Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and the Unfought War on Cancer: Republicans Are Stepping Up in the Fight Against Disease

On a personal level, it’s impossible not to feel great sympathy for Joe Biden when he talked about his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in May at age 46. His anguish still visible on Wednesday, as he announced he would not seek the presidency, Biden said he was making a “personal” commitment to seek instead a cure for cancer; as he put it, “I’m going to spend the next 15 months in this office pushing as hard as I can to accomplish this.”


Fred Upton’s Quiet Revolution

Oftentimes, revolutions are noisy and people get hurt. But Rep. Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan, is leading a quiet revolution where people are being helped—we need more of that kind of revolution.

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The Last Summit, 2115—Before the Stars

The two men—that is, we think they were men—were holding their last meeting. They met in an odd structure in the middle of a green meadow.  One half of the structure was built as an American-style gazebo, in white wood,


Chris Ruddy, In the Bunker With His Pals Bill and Hillary

In the wake of the revelations of Peter Schweizer’s new book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, even such stalwart liberal Democratic advocates as the New York Times editorial page, the Washington Post editorial page, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, and Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift are all distancing themselves from the Clintons.

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The Wisdom of the System and the Future of Freedom in the Wake of the Germanwings Crash

We should be mindful that accident investigators are often looking for the quickest possible explanation, and MSM journalists are typically eager to take the bait. Just on Wednesday, the news from the Germanwings crash in France was that investigators were examining the possibility that a flaw in the Airbus avionics gave the planes a dangreous tendency to lose altitude.


How New Thinking in Missile Defense Could Lead to Better Defense— and Better Politics

Here’s an interesting headline that appeared in the March 18 Washington Business Journal: “DOD deputy secretary to industry: Come up with a new missile defense solution, and we’ll fund it.” The news item detailed a speech by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work to a conference in Washington, DC, making defense contractors an offer that’s hard to refuse: If you can build it, we will buy it.

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The Predictable Surprises of 2015—And Beyond

Back in 2005, two business-school professors, Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins, published a thoughtful book, Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them. A decade later, we can look ahead to the Predictable Surprises of 2015—and beyond.