Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley is IRD’s president and editor of IRD’s foreign policy and national security journal, Providence. Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia. He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008; Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century, published in 2012; and The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War, published in 2015.

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Coddling China

America cannot be America if indifferent to the sufferings, much less the genocide, of people overseas.

U.S. Foreign Policy & LGBTQIA+ Advocacy

America’s foreign policy must extoll the majesty of our timeless democratic principles originating in the Declaration of Independence.

Christmas 80 Years Ago & Today

The struggle for that free and decent world never ends this side of the parousia.

God, Graft & Greed

And human nature is such that great generosity often fuels greed, especially when unchecked by viable law and social expectations.

Pearl Harbor & Tomorrow

The surprise attack 80 years ago, although killing over 2000 and sinking much of the fleet, only shocked the dynamo into still greater energy. 

Nigel Biggar Preaches on Immigration

Illegal economic migrants should be returned home, Biggar said, otherwise additional waves will be encouraged to migrate, nullifying national borders.

Colin Powell’s Iraq Legacy

We don’t yet know Iraq’s future, but Powell as a Christian would agree that there’s always hope.

National Humiliations

Maybe Afghanistan’s collapse is a divine judgment on it and us.  But there is mercy always available, accompanied by wisdom.

Taliban Surge & Nebuchadnezzar

Presumably the consequences in Afghanistan will be tragic as in Indochina.

America & Hungary’s Orban

America is not and will never be like Hungary, or Sweden, or any other country. We have our own history, traditions, unique experiences and national creeds.