Alec, not that I want to be an “I told you so” kind of guy, but I lambasted the charade of Syria negotiations right here on the Corner not 24 hours after the agreement had been reached back in September. Any dictator worth his salt has taken the North Korean playbook as his bedside reading for the past decade and understands that, once the gullible Americans enter into a diplomatic-negotiation trap, they’ll twist themselves silly trying to pretend that things remain on track. It’s happening now with Iran, as well. In the Syria case, expect to see John Kerry assure the world that the agreement is still solid and that “progress” (the Holy Grail of diplomatists) continues to be made. Sure, we’re disappointed that they haven’t actually lived up to much of the agreement, but imagine the alternative! How could we be so neo-connish as to expect to hold them to their agreement through any threat of force or other action. No, welcome to the new normal, where our secretary of state paints history’s largest carbon footprint in the sky (287,000 miles in less than a year) while Assad, Rouhani, Kim, and the like go about the deadly earnest business of building up stocks of weapons of mass destruction. The triumph of hope over experience would be exhilarating if it weren’t so dangerous.
Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN, was baffled. “You know, we saw a lot of politicians and Hollywood celebrities and activists rally around Jussie Smollett's side as soon as he made these accusations several weeks ago,” he said on Saturday night after his own network, among others, had begun ... Read More
It's always a good day when even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writes like an originalist -- and that's exactly what she did when she wrote the opinion for seven justices in Timbs v. Indiana (justices Gorsuch and Thomas filed separate concurring opinions). At issue was the important question of whether the Eighth ... Read More
The French people recently completed paying out about $60 million to non-French victims of the Holocaust and their survivors in a program administered by the United States, a reminder that the United States’ central role in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of postwar Europe never quite came to a ... Read More
I’m old enough to remember a time when an independent secular Jewish socialist with a long record of support for Communist regimes would be considered a force for diversity in a typical field of Democratic candidates. Think back to years past, when the likes of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Dick Gephardt, Al Gore, ... Read More
Pope Francis is conducting his extraordinary summit with cardinals on the problem of sexual abuse in the Church. And we can expect it will go nowhere. The summit is happening in light of two events outside of it. The first was Pope Francis’s recent laicization of the former cardinal archbishop of Washington, ... Read More
If you don’t know anything about Duke freshman Zion Williamson, just a few facts will get you up to speed. First, he’s a 6 foot 7, 285-pound basketball player, a forward in a linebacker’s body. Second, he’s known for his intensity and effort on each and every play. Third, he’s got the athleticism to do ... Read More
‘There are two ways through life -- the way of nature and the way of grace,” remarks the saintly mother at the outset of The Tree of Life, one of the most awe-inspiring films of the 21st century. She continues: Grace doesn’t try please itself. It accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked, accepts insults ... Read More