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  • Rich Lowry: Is Donald Trump the new Old Hickory?

    12/04/2015 3:45:50 PM PST · by VinL · 47 replies
    FortWorthBusiness ^ | 12/4/15 | Rich Lowry
    After the Paris attack, conventional wisdom held that Republican voters would finally turn away from political outsiders and reward candidates representing sobriety and experience. No one stopped to consider that, actually, voters might be drawn to the guy who memorably said of ISIS that he would "bomb the ---- out of them." Not only has Donald Trump not been hurt by Paris, he has bumped up in the aftermath (Ben Carson, on the other hand, has indeed dropped). The cliche about Trump is that he's defying the laws of political gravity. If Trump is cutting against the contemporary political grain...
  • Rhode Island’s Blue Civil War (Walter Russell Mead)

    12/06/2012 5:37:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    The American Interest ^ | December 5, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    Rhode Island’s blue-on-blue showdown is heating up. Famed litigator David Boies is taking a 96 percent pay cut to represent the state against recalcitrant public sector unions. The New York Times reports: Mr. Boies became involved, he said, because he was convinced that Rhode Island’s pension troubles were just the tip of a $5 trillion iceberg of unsecured retirement promises to the nation’s millions of public workers. “This is something that can cripple state and municipal governments at a time when the federal government is, more and more, cutting back on the services it provides,” he said. Public unions and...
  • America, Israel, Gaza, the World

    11/18/2012 11:12:27 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | November 18, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    As Israeli airstrikes and naval shells bombarded Gaza this weekend, the world asked the question that perennially frustrates, confuses and enrages so many people across the planet: Why aren’t the Americans hating on Israel more? As in Operation Cast Lead, the last big conflict between Israel and Hamas, and as during the operation against Hezbollah in Lebanon, much of the world screams in outrage while America yawns. If anything, many of Israel’s military operations are more popular and less controversial in the United States than they are in Israel itself. This time around, President Barack Obama and his administration have...
  • Dreaming Up a New America: Progressive Education and the Perversion of American Democracy

    09/02/2012 11:49:51 PM PDT · by Sioux-san · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/3/2012 | L.E. Ikenga
    As opposed to the 2008 election, which had many frustrated and emotionally charged voters dreaming up a new America with a historic presidential candidate leading the charge, the 2010 midterms had people doing the exact opposite. In 2010, a majority of Americans stopped dreaming and started to face reality. America was accelerating toward an irreversible and all-encompassing decline. The path envisioned by the president and his supporters for a radically changed United States was starting to look like a dead end. America was breaking down. The year 2010 was also when essayist Walter Russell Mead began to ascribe many aspects...
  • Walter Russell Mead: The Myth of America's Decline

    04/12/2012 9:09:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    The world balance of power is changing. Countries like China, India, Turkey and Brazil are heard from more frequently and on a wider range of subjects. The European Union's most ambitious global project—creating a universal treaty to reduce carbon emissions—has collapsed, and EU expansion has slowed to a crawl as Europe turns inward to deal with its debt crisis. Japan has ceded its place as the largest economy in Asia to China and appears increasingly on the defensive in the region as China's hard and soft power grow. The international chattering class has a label for these changes: American decline....
  • The Revolution Wanders From The Script

    02/05/2011 4:58:29 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    The American Interest ^ | Feb. 3, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    The Egyptian government has survived the first crisis of the revolution and both the government and the protesters are moving to a new trial of strength. Surviving the first blast of popular fury — and of international criticism — is an important milestone for the government. The longer it can hold out, the more likely it is that the core power centers of the Egyptian regime — the ‘deep state’ as the Turks say — will survive the Mubarak era and dominate the country for some time to come. I am not sure what to wish for. The current Egyptian...
  • Walter Russell Mead: DC Post Runs With Climategate; NY Times Still in Tank

    02/15/2010 1:16:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 478+ views
    The American Interest ^ | February 15th, 2010 | Walter Russell Mead
    The New York Times turned down the Watergate story, giving the Washington Post ownership of the story of the decade. Now the Washington Post is going for a repeat, scooping the somnolent Times on the Climategate story. The Post story by Juliet Eilperin and David A. Farenholdt is no skeptic’s dream, but Post readers now know something that Times readers are still in the dark about: the climate change movement has taken a serious hit in recent weeks as allegations of misconduct and high profile errors undermine the credibility of the key institutions and figures in the movement. The Times‘...
  • Walter Russell Mead: Feeding the Blue Beast

    02/13/2010 8:35:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 423+ views
    The American Interest. ^ | February 12th, 2010 | Walter Russell Mead
    The driving force in American politics today is a struggle to restructure and modernize some of our most basic institutions. It’s only going to get more intense. Back before the global warming mess blew up, I wrote a post about the breakup of the ‘blue social model‘. Not to regurgitate the whole post, but the mid-twentieth century saw the US (like most advanced countries at the time) develop an economic and political system based on large and stable entities in the public, private and mixed sectors of the economy. The private sector was dominated by large, regulated and mostly unionized...
  • Why They Hate Us, Really

    04/21/2004 5:01:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies · 271+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/21/04 | Walter Russell Mead
    For the last five weeks I have been traveling through the Middle East, meeting diplomats, officials, policy experts, military leaders, students and ordinary citizens. I learned something very important: the greatest single cause of anti-Americanism in the Middle East today is not the war in Iraq; more surprisingly, it is not even American support for Israel, per se. Rather, it is a widespread belief that the United States simply does not care about the rights or needs of the Palestinian people. "The Palestinian issue is really what discredits the United States throughout the region," a senior Western diplomat with years...