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Nikki Haley's approach to foreign policy not based on wishful thinking

June 29, 2022  •  The Washington Times

Foreign policy and national security are arcane disciplines, but with experience comes expertise. Or not.

Joe Biden has been engaged in international affairs throughout his long political career, including eight years as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Bob Gates, who served as secretary of defense in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, wrote in 2014 that Mr. Biden "has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."

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Westerners, too, are waging a 'War on the West'

June 22, 2022  •  The Washington Times

Vladimir Putin's Russia. Xi Jinping's China. Ali Khamenei's Iran. Al Qaeda. The Islamic State. These and other actors are waging a war on the West, a war against Western power and values. Some Westerners are mounting a vigorous defense. Others are arguing – vehemently and incessantly – that that the West is morally inferior to the rest of the world and therefore indefensible.

Douglas Murray's new book, "The War on the West," looks at the Westerners who denigrate the West. No greater threat exists, he writes, "than that which comes from people inside the West intent on pulling apart the fabric of our societies piece by piece."

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How international law dies
It's flouted by despots and weaponized against small nations

June 15, 2022  •  The Washington Times

Jerusalem — "Do you think that the time of international law has passed?" Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky asked that of the United Nations Security Council last month. It's a serious question.

Consider that both Russia, ruled by Vladimir Putin, and China, ruled by Xi Jinping, are permanent, veto-wielding members of the UNSC. The former is waging an unprovoked war against Ukraine. The latter, according to the U.S., the U.K., and other countries, is committing genocide in Xinjiang.

These are, self-evidently, egregious violations of international laws. But despots with nukes know they can commit crimes with virtual impunity.

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Rue Britannia?
Russian, Iranian and Chinese imperialism is what should concern us

June 7, 2022  •  The Washington Times

Though I'm no monarchist, I can't help but admire Queen Elizabeth II. The old girl had a job to do, and she's been doing it – with discipline and dignity – for 70 years. So, I was at least a little moved by the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in her honor last week.

Everyone knows – at least everyone who watched "The Crown" – that some members of her family made her job tougher. More substantively, she reigned over a disintegrating empire, a turn of events that Winston Churchill had anticipated with dismay.

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Turkey: NATO's problem child

May 24, 2022  •  The Washington Times

Turkey is a long way from the North Atlantic, yet it is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It joined in 1952, just three years after NATO's founding. Greece was admitted at the same time. Both countries were targets of Soviet expansionism, an ambition that President Truman was determined to contain.

"It must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures," he told a joint session of Congress.

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