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Trump's third way
Repairing Obama's nuclear deal with Iran is now within the realm of the possible

October 19, 2017  •  The Washington Times

President Trump made a tough call last week. European diplomats and an "echo chamber" in the mainstream media were insisting he "recertify" the nuclear weapons deal his predecessor concluded with Iran's rulers in 2015.

He didn't want to. He has said repeatedly that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) fails to do what it was meant to do: stop — not just delay — the acquisition of nuclear weapons by the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Instead and perversely, the deal legitimizes, enriches and emboldens a regime openly dedicated to the defeat of America and its allies. How could he now tell Congress that the JCPOA is "vital to the national security interests of the United States"?

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We'll always have Paris
But like the rest of Europe, it may be a very different place

October 11, 2017  •  The Washington Times

Europeans seem to have an increasingly bizarre and perhaps self-destructive view of the world, and their place in it. Last week's most creative illustration: The Irish postal service issued a stamp to "commemorate" the 50th anniversary of the death of "Argentinian Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara."

Is it conceivable that letter carriers and others in Ireland don't understand the contempt with which Marxist revolutionaries view bourgeois parliamentary democracies such as theirs? Can you even imagine the Cubans or Chinese issuing a stamp commemorating Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek or Milton Friedman?

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American values are the antidote for racial hate

October 4, 2017  •  The Washington Times

More than 35 years ago, I went to Africa for the first time, the junior member of a group of American writers. We were visiting The Gambia and, at a stop in the interior, I purchased a small wooden statue at a roadside kiosk. One of the group asked how much I had paid. I told her and, a bit condescendingly, she suggested that next time I ask for her help because, in this part of the world, one bargains.

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Latin America's socialist-Islamist-narco-terrorist alliance

September 27, 2017  •  The Washington Times

At the U.N. last week, President Trump had harsh words for the "socialist dictatorship" that has impoverished Venezuela. He railed against "Islamist extremism" and "radical Islamic terrorism," the former a supremacist ideology, the latter a weapon being used to mass-murder Muslims, Christians Yazidis, Jews and Hindus. He took note, too, of the threat posed by "international criminal networks" that "traffic drugs, weapons, people."

What may not have occurred to Mr. Trump or most of his audience: the extent to which these evils are now being combined.

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The new Persian empire

September 20, 2017  •  The Washington Times

Eleven years ago, Henry Kissinger famously said that Iran's rulers must "decide whether they are representing a cause or a nation." If the latter, Iranian and American interests would be "compatible." As for the former: "If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary Islamic fervor, then a collision with America is unavoidable."

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