The Corner

Role for U.S. Military in Iraq? Dem Sen Demurs

Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday pressed Democratic senator Ben Cardin on whether the American military can and should play a role in scaling back the power of ISIS in Iraq. He had a tough time getting an answer. 

Cardin initially (non)-responded that the U.S. should “do everything we can [so] that the Iraqis fulfill their commitment for a representative government. Pressed further, he said that, no, he doesn’t think the U.S. military can take out ISIS with air strikes because “the fundamental problem is whether the Iraqis believe that they have a representative government.”

President Obama, of course, has said that the goal of the limited air strikes is to provide some degree of security and “space” for the Iraqis to develop a new, representative government.

Most Popular

Culture

Jussie Smollett Changes His Story Again

The actor Jussie Smollett continues to talk about the alleged January 29 attack on him during a frigid night in Chicago, giving Good Morning America his fullest description yet of his claims. It differs substantially from what he told police initially after the alleged assault. Smollett told GMA that the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

We’ll Regret This

Mitch McConnell says the president will sign the budget deal and he will also declare a national emergency to build the wall, as I expected. We’ll see the legal justifications he uses, but as a political and constitutional matter this is a long-term disaster. Oh, it might be good for Trump according to the ... Read More
White House

The Failure of the Deal

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (But especially Sammie), I had my say on the emergency declaration yesterday, and I’m sure I’ll have to say it all again not very far ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Capitalism’s Cold War

The story of capitalism since the 1980s has been that of a kind of cold war between capital and politics. In the decade prior, American government was at the nadir of its prestige and credibility. The so-called War on Poverty, launched with great fanfare and idealism in the late 1960s, quickly collided with ... Read More
U.S.

Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund Border Wall

President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to unilaterally appropriate $3.6 billion for the construction of his long-promised border wall. The announcement, made during a televised White House Rose Garden ceremony, came after Congress passed a bipartisan homeland-security-funding bill ... Read More