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The Controversial Chris Kyle

“American Sniper” could never have dodged the contentious politics of the war or the troubled hero it portrays.

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What is France Fighting For?

The West’s adversaries have a far clearer understanding of the values they defend.

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Britain’s Guardians of Afghanistan

The Welsh Guards patrolled the Afghan war’s twilight hours, overstretched, underequipped, and committed to their mission.


The Hawkish Marriage of Ignorance and Excessive Ambition

Republican hawks have little or no understanding of these issues, but that doesn’t stop them from advocating for a far more aggressive, ambitious foreign policy.

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Will Congress Give Obama the War He Wants?

Republicans who resist the president’s other policies are apt to give him a blank check against ISIS.


‘False Flags,’ Charlie Hebdo, and Martin Luther King

Knowing who carried out an act of terror doesn’t always tell us who was ultimately behind it.

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What Are the Limits to French Expression?

France and Egypt alike are cracking down on offensive speech.


Iraq Is Open for Business

Bulk purchases of U.S. tanks serve in the place of a realistic American strategy.

Britain’s Pat Buchanan Party

A less libertarian, more populist UKIP terrifies London’s elite.

Happily, President Obama N’est Pas Charlie

French Muslims could have hardly failed to absorb that the storied liberties of France are allocated differently.

Terrorism’s Parisian Victory

The attack on Charlie Hebdo struck a blow that cannot be repelled by marches in the street.

Should We Make Fun of the Tragic?

The moral dilemma behind “The Interview” and Margaret Cho’s Golden Globes performance

The Left’s Ignorant Islam Critics

Secular progressivism has produced some of the most unfair and uninformed assessments of the Muslim faith.

Europe’s Illusions Collapse in Paris

Defensive name-calling will no longer be enough to shield Western elites from the consequences of their policies.

No, We Are Not Charlie

Second thoughts on the kitsch of the Je suis Charlie meme

New Hope For Egypt’s Copts?

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi calls for Egyptian unity and love “without discrimination”

Public Opinion and Israel/Palestine

U.S. policy on Israel and Palestine continues to be wildly at odds with what most Americans claim to want.