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'Political correctness' finds a new target

September 21, 2016  •  The Washington Times

In "Nineteen Eighty-Four," George Orwell's classic novel about a totalitarian and dystopian future, the ruling Party develops "Newspeak" as way to limit freedom of expression and thought. So, for example, "goodthink" refers to thoughts approved by the Party. That which is not "goodthink" is apt to be "crimethink."

In the real world of today, we use a different but no less Orwellian vocabulary. On university campuses and in the mainstream media we now have a growing body of rules, both written and tacit, mandating that only "politically correct" views be expressed.

I maintain that "political correctness" has as much to do with what is correct — i.e. true — as "ethnic cleansing" has to do with personal hygiene.

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President Obama's last to-do list

September 14, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Barack Obama is now in his final days as president but, as he made clear on his visit to Asia last week, there are goals he still hopes to achieve before leaving office.

Closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was among the promises he made when first campaigning for the White House. He continues to insist that Gitmo is a "recruitment tool that clouds and sours" America's image in the world.

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How the world has changed since 9/11

September 7, 2016  •  The Washington Times

The 15th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 should be a time for mourning, commemoration, reflection — and strategic planning.

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Iran and the future of the Middle East

August 31, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Nixon went to China. Obama will not be going to Iran.

The 1972 visit of President Richard M. Nixon to the People's Republic included meetings with both Chairman Mao Zedong, the communist revolutionary leader, and Premier Zhou Enlai, the pragmatic head of the government. Detente and normalization of relations followed.

By stark contrast, Ali Khamenei, the Islamic republic's revolutionary leader, and Hassan Rouhani, the pragmatic president of the theocratic regime, will not deign even to share a bottle of pomegranate juice with Barack H. Obama, president of "satanic" America, their avowed "enemy."

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The Soros smear effect

August 24, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Washington is not an easy-going town. You come here to argue policy with the big boys — you should expect some rough-and-tumble. But you also should expect clean fights — no biting, no spitting, no hitting below the belt. Whatever else divides us, we all value free speech and edifying debate, right?

Not exactly. Left-wing "activists" — often posing as journalists — have a habit of targeting and trolling those who deviate from the "politically correct" line.

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