Ronald Reagan

Helmut Kohl’s Christian Democracy

Helmut Kohl will be forever recalled as Germany’s longest serving chancellor since Bismarck, as Reagan’s stalwart ally during the Cold War, and as the unifier of a divided Germany.

Star Wars 40 Years Ago American Renewal Responsibility Patriotism
“Star Wars” 40 Years Ago

The rhapsodic public reception that Star Wars received 40 years ago in America, even as it was originally banned in the Soviet Union, was part of a larger, slowly emerging renewal of American confidence in its democratic principles and in its global responsibilities.

American Permanence?

Walter Russell Mead on Friday eve wonderfully spoke about the influence of eschatology on American foreign policy to our Providence/Davenant…

Bearing the Burden

With the Middle East on fire, Europe on edge, Russia on the march, and China on the rise, America’s interlocking system of alliances is more important now than at any time since the beginning of the Cold War.

Obama’s Farewell Address: Goodbye to All That
Obama’s Farewell Address: Goodbye to All That

Despite his flowery promises about “hope and change,” Obama entered office embodying the most ambivalent view of American power since the end of the Vietnam War.

Iran Hostages Redux

The revelation of a $400 million cash delivery to Iran early this year that coincided with the release of U.S….

Reagan, Missile Defense & Religious Right

On March 23, 1983 President Reagan delivered his famous “Star Wars” speech urging that the USA pivot away from a…

Trump, Iraq, Reagan & Vietnam

Donald Trump has denounced the Iraq War as a “horrible mistake,” and “one of the worst decisions in the history…

Optimistic in India
Why I Am More Optimistic Than Ever

Bad stuff will continue to happen around the world in 2016. But there are good reasons to be optimistic.