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About Jon Basil Utley
Jon Basil Utley is publisher of The American Conservative. Utley is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with language studies in Germany and France. He first worked for American International Group insurance in Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia. Later he became a foreign correspondent in South America for Knight Ridder newspapers and for 17 years, starting during the Reagan Administration, was a commentator about third world issues on the Voice of America. He managed an oil drilling partnership in Pennsylvania and later worked in real estate development. He has written for the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, and other papers. He was formerly founding editor of The Bogota Bulletin, associate editor of The Times of the Americas, and a contributing editor to The Conservative Digest. He was born in Moscow. After his father, a Russian trade official, was sent to a gulag and killed by Stalin, his mother, Freda Utley, became a prominent anticommunist author and activist.
Our system incentivizes excessive prosecution and punishment—as I found out.
Too many parties now benefit from perpetual warmaking for the U.S. to ever conclude its military conflicts.
What we knew in 2003 didn’t make the case for war—a campaign of hype and deceit did.
Support for the Likud prime minister’s hardline policies is fading among American Jews and Christians alike.
Russia risks becoming a chaotic “failed state.” Here’s how we should respond.
Ken Tomlinson, who died last week, was one of Ronald Reagan’s key …
Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Iraq—they all use proportional representation.
Jamestown Foundation is an old-line think tank founded during the Cold War …
FreedomFest, held every July in Las Vegas, is becoming quite the libertarian/conservative …
And how the truth about invading Iraq was suppressed by laptop bombardiers.
Sequestration doesn’t harm national defense, it only cuts Pentagon overkill.
The greatest threat to our national security is how much our militarism costs.
The greatest threat to America is not what foreigners do to us; …
And save mortgage tax breaks by winding up the Afghan War.
Going after ‘loopholes’ is good politics, but bad news for taxpayers.
FreedomFest is the great annual meeting of libertarians in Las Vegas organized …
Eight ideas to keep America solvent and safe.
“J Street supporters are pro-peace first and pro-Israel second” is the criticism …
Americans who despair of Washington ever cutting waste from its trillion dollar …
“The Gray” is about oil workers surviving a crashed plane in Alaska. …← Older posts
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