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A Thousand Envoys Bloom

Obama has assembled a crack national-security team, filled with sharp minds and even-sharper personalities. Our economic wise men too may be sharp, but with a groupthink typical of a team of neophytes.

New Year, Old Story on Iran

A year after their assessment of Iranian nuclear ambitions, the authors look back. There are still no good options for dealing with Iran.

Left-Out Legislature

The new Democratic Congress will find it has only a limited role to play in foreign policy.

The Freedom Crusade, Revisited

Leslie H. Gelb, Daniel Pipes, Robert W. Merry and Joseph S. Nye offer their reactions to Robert W. Tucker and David Hendrickson on the Bush Doctrine.


Two Types of Generals

Self-promoters get the glory while performers get it done.

A Real Liberal

Liberal Democrats and Dick Cheney have found common cause: blasting Barack Obama. The Left needs to leave the president alone.

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Why Joe Biden is more a rogue cop than a bad cop and how well does this NYPD Blue routine work anyway?


President John Bolton

Proof that, yes, every little boy and girl can aspire to the presidency.

Books & Reviews

Night and Fog

Alan Furst recreates the atmosphere of Europe's second Dark Ages (1933-45) as few others have. Today, Western civilization is again under attack, and Furst can teach us a great deal.

A Champion for the Bourgeoisie

A fictional 19th-century detective disdains Russia's intelligentsia and preaches a bourgeois sermon on virtue and responsible citizenship to Russia's nascent middle class.

Bad Laws Make Bad Judges

Robert Bork warns that judicial activism is going global. He doesn't know the half of it.

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April 25, 2014