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Another Massacre, Another Charade

WASHINGTON -- There's the cycle of poverty. There's the cycle of violence. And then there's the cycle of gun talk. It starts with a mass shooting. Gun-control advocates blame the deaths on gun-control opponents, who argue, in turn, that none of the proposed restrictions would have had any effect on the incident in question. The debate goes ...Read more

Obama's Syria Debacle

"Russia hits Assad's foes, angering U.S."

-- Headline, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1

WASHINGTON -- If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin. Two days earlier at the United Nations, Obama had welcomed the return, in...Read more

Putin's Gambit, Obama's Puzzlement

WASHINGTON -- Once again, President Obama and his foreign policy team are stumped. Why is Vladimir Putin pouring troops and weaponry into Syria? After all, as Secretary of State John Kerry has thrice told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, it is only making things worse.

But worse for whom? For the additional thousands of civilians who ...Read more

The Iran Charade on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON -- Congress is finally having its say on the Iran deal. It will be an elaborate charade, however, because, having first gone to the U.N., President Obama has largely drained congressional action of relevance. At the Security Council, he pushed through a resolution ratifying the deal, thus officially committing the United States as a ...Read more

Why Clinton Remains, Yes, Inevitable

WASHINGTON -- Unless she's indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination.

That kind of sentence is rarely written about a major presidential candidate. But I don't see a realistic third alternative (except for one long-shot, below).

Clinton is now hostage to the various investigations -- the FBI, Congress, the courts -- of her ...Read more

What Six Years of 'Reset' Have Wrought

WASHINGTON -- On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.

The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall ...Read more

The Immigration Swamp

"This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement."

-- Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6

WASHINGTON -- Not on anyone's mind? For years, immigration has been the subject of near-constant, often bitter argument within the GOP. But it is true that Trump has brought the debate to a ...Read more

The Racing Form, Third Edition

WASHINGTON -- Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events -- the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate -- the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print.

Legal disclaimer: This column is for betting purposes only. What follows is ...Read more

Just Who is Helping Iran's Hard-Liners?

WASHINGTON -- The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president's Iran deal by more than 2-to-1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal.

What happened? People learned what's in it.

And don't be fooled by polls ...Read more

Among the Ruins, a Case of Righteousness

WASHINGTON -- Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how precarious their existence in 90 percent ...Read more

It's An Ugly Scene

"Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you."

-- Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Planned Parenthood's reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized for the "tone" of ...Read more

Worse Than We Could Have Imagined

WASHINGTON -- When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined "The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history," you don't expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then on Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong.

Who would have imagined we would be giving up the ...Read more

Pluto and Us

WASHINGTON -- We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe's most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification -- amid plague and pestilence and, by God, in the middle of Shark Week -- where can humanity turn for uplift?

Meet New Horizons, arriving ...Read more

The Worst Agreement in U.S. Diplomatic History

WASHINGTON -- The devil is not in the details. It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence.

In pursuit...Read more

On Lowering the Flag

WASHINGTON -- After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.

It's the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk solution. Within hours of the massacre, President Obama was lamenting the ...Read more

A New Strategy for Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON -- It's time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct.

We may not want to enunciate that policy officially. After all, it does contradict the principle that colonial borders be maintained no...Read more

The Racing Form, Second Edition

WASHINGTON -- The Republican nominating race is a mess: a strong field, but with 10 declared candidates and a half-dozen more to come, we need a bouncer to keep order.

I've given myself the job. Rope lines separate the four categories.

(A) Top tier:

1. Jeb Bush. Solid, no sizzle. Sizzle may be in less demand than eight years ago, but ...Read more

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