National Review / Digital
The Week
(Roman Genn)


The de Blasio administration is just aiming for a zero net impact on the city’s quantity of horse****.

The revelations in the new Robert Gates memoir, Duty, may be bombshells, but they aren’t surprising. The former defense secretary writes that President Obama lost faith in the Afghan war after ordering more troops there — “for him it was all about getting out.” Gates also recounts how the president and Hillary Clinton admitted that their opposition to the Iraq surge was political. All of this has been obvious to anyone who reads the newspapers, but confirmation from such a highly placed and credible source as Gates is still devastating. The president asked his fellow Americans to die for what he thought was a mistake.


January 27, 2014    |     Volume LXVI, No. 1

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Florence King reviews The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way and It Wasn’t My Fault and I’ll Never Do It Again, by P. J. O’Rourke.
  • Victor Davis Hanson reviews Strategy: A History, by Lawrence Freedman.
  • Kevin D. Williamson reviews The Cure in the Code: How 20th-Century Law Is Undermining 21st-Century Medicine, by Peter W. Huber.
  • Victor Lee Austin reviews In Defence of War, by Nigel Biggar.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Her.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses astronomy.
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