Carping criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the targeted, allied air strikes against the Syrian dictator follows a long, sad tradition in debates on US foreign policy. The Nazis were profoundly evil in World War II, while Britain was noble in opposing them, but many Americans wanted our country to take no side in the struggle.
A few years later, the Soviet Union was indeed an “Evil Empire”, while NATO nations represented the best of Civilization, but leftist skeptics claimed a “moral equivalence” between the two sides in the Cold War.
Today, the three allies who collaborated on the Syria strike – America, Britain and France – are among the most decent nations on earth, while Syria, Iran and Russia are among the most vile regimes. Americans should feel proud that our military has, once again, served honorably on the side of decency.Read More »
On Saturday night, dozens of citizens in Syria choked to death after what’s been reported as a suspected chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Assad’s way of breaking the will of this community that still opposes his rule was to use a chemical weapon, which killed not only men and women but also children.
These are the most abhorrent, murderous, and indiscriminate weapons ever invented by human beings.
What we’re seeing here breaks every civilizational rule. It breaks the Geneva Convention. It breaks every principle of the United Nations. It breaks every law of the international system. But you’ll notice that none of those arenas, none of those agencies was able to stop this murderous dictator in Syria from killing his own people.
The headline out of Syria reminds us that there is really no way to overestimate the human capacity for moral evil.Read More »
Townhall Review — December 16, 2017
Hugh Hewitt invites Congressman Jim Jordan to share the latest about the growing FBI scandal and conspiracy surrounding the unreleased FBI emails. Kimberly Strassel, of the Wall Street Journal, who has been tracking every twist and turn of this story, shares more on this story with Dennis Prager. Following the Alabama Senate election, Hugh Hewitt speaks with Congressman Mike Gallagher about what the election implications will be in Congress. Tom Von Essen, former commissioner of the New York Fire Department, shares how difficult it is to stop people who are on a mission to do harm. Larry Elder examines some of the racial accusations directed toward President Trump after his attending a civil rights museum opening in Mississippi. Michael Medved turns to his brother Jonathan Medved, a prominent business leader in Israel, to share about the announcement of the President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Mike Gallagher turns to Mollie Hemmingway, senior editor at the Federalist, to explain the “fake news” surrounding the Trump Russia story.Read More »
This past week, executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before Congress about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
For well over a decade, the Russians have spread disinformation and sought to influence the outcome of elections throughout Europe and elsewhere.
The obvious question is, “Why hasn’t more been done to respond to this threat?” Although multiple administrations bear the blame for this failure, it was the Obama administration that, for years, consistently underestimated the threat from Russia.
For example, Politico reported that, in 2014, President Obama’s national security team received reports warning about Russia’s capacity, history, and interest in disrupting political systems in Europe. It should have been clear that those capabilities could be used to attack the United States. But nothing was done.
Russian efforts to undermine American democracy did not end with the 2016 election. Put simply, this is one of the reasons why they continue to represent a serious threat to our national security. Now is the time to act quickly and decisively to ensure the integrity of our democratic system.
October 2017 marked a very important anniversary, the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik communist revolution in Russia that led to the creation of the Soviet Union.
The 20th century represents, as one major historian has named, “the century of megadeath”; and at the center of that “megadeath” is the great lie and deception, the great evil that was the communist revolution and the communist regime in the Soviet Union.
Soviet communism almost surely led to well over 100 million deaths. Add to that about 300 million deaths that came in the wake of the Maoist communist revolution in China.
Communism isn’t dead. Look at the fact that the Chinese Communist Party is resurgent in China.
The fact is, the worst ideas come with the worst consequences. The deadliest ideas come with the deadliest consequences. And we also need to remember the fact that evil ideas are not only evil, but they tend to stay around for a very long time—with their effects long outlasting the death of their promises.
A German Light Infantry Battalion recently reported, according to the Wall Street Journal, that “during exercises…their unit didn’t have the munitions to simulate battle. Instead, they were told to imagine the bangs.”
All this comes in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s visit to Europe, in which he pointed his finger at the Europeans, including many of our historic allies, for their failure to spend enough in terms of their military.
The Dutch Prime Minister recently said, “To an extent, he has a point.” Indeed, the president has a massive point.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, “Today European allies spend roughly half as much as the United States on defense yet have less than one-sixth of its combat power.”
This is not a problem that can be quickly remedied. Perhaps we can understand why Vladimir Putin and others see the opportunity when we are told that a German light infantry battalion is having to say “bang! bang!” to one another because they actually don’t have the bullets.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/330438089″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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