Nov./Dec. 2015


Putin, Syria, and Us

For the Birds

Mainstreaming Assassination

Endorsing a program of targeted killing opens the door for perilous reciprocation.

Bob Dylan, Christian Anarchist

If there’s anything the U.S. needs right now, it’s some old-fashioned rulebreakers.


Wanted: A Postwar Policy

Republicans and Democrats alike are running out of foreign-policy options. It’s time to start anew.

Front Lines

Kim Davis’s Lost Cause

Defending religious liberty requires better strategy—and more honesty.

Logic of a Modern Militia

How do you stop lone-wolf terror? With every man available.

The Mencken of Feminism

Why conservatives should give two cheers for Camille Paglia

Cover Story

The Deciders

The disastrous Iraq policies that led to ISIS were not President Bush’s.


Ireland Is World Enough

Hubert Butler’s literary localism is nationalism of the right kind.

Utopianism Is Not a Strategy

E.H. Carr’s Twenty Years’ Crisis remains a realist’s Bible.

Hamilton Takes Broadway

A Founding Father gets his due—in a hip-hop musical.

How Popular Is Peace?

To win independents, the GOP must rethink its hawkishness.

Dean of the Realists

Owen Harries was Irving Kristol’s friend—and neoconservatism’s foe.

Arts & Letters

When Greece Was Rich—and Why

The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece, Josiah Ober, Princeton, 464 pages

David Brooks’s Dubious Virtues

The Road to Character, David Brooks, Random House, 320 pages

Is Empire Inevitable?

Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, Ian Bremmer, Portfolio, 226 pages

A Salute to General Devers

Jacob L. Devers: A General’s Life, James Scott Wheeler, University Press of Kentucky, 616 pages

Why There Is No Obama Doctrine

The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today, Colin Dueck, Oxford University Press, 336 pages

The Hopeless Politics of Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel and Grau, 176 pages

Michel Houellebecq’s Affair with Islam

Submission: A Novel, Michel Houellebecq, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 256 pages