The Corner

On the Frontlines

There’s very trenchant criticism (reported in the London Times) of the British effort in Basra from Tim Collins, the British officer whose stirring speech to his men on the eve of the battle of Basra was widely admired and ended up on the wall of the Oval Office. He and other Brit officers say straight out here that the that the Brits have not left Basra “a better place” and that the British military has been damaged by their time there. Like other NRO readers — especially those who like me are Brits — I have been in awe at the bravery and self-sacrifice of the British soldiers recounted in Michael Yon’s great reports. (In awe at Yon’s bravery too.) But the discrepancy is explained in Collins’s account by the failure of the civil and military leaders to give the troops the leadership, morale, and equipment they need to fight effectively. Alas, many Labor MPs simply won’t mind if the military loses its lustre.


Most Popular

Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More