Author: Alex Christy

Trump’s North Korean Summit Back On?

On May 24, President Trump announced he was cancelling the much-anticipated summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Immediately, there were those who said this confirms that Trump is a foreign policy genius.  Cancelling the summit either should never have happened to begin with or Trump realized that Kim was reverting to his old ways in order to extract concessions, so rather than submitting to Kim’s blackmail, Trump cancelled the summit giving him more leverage over Kim.  On the other side, there were those who said Trump’s cancelling of the summit was a set back for peace, somehow proving that...

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Neil Gorsuch and Our View of the Court

American news outlets are covering Justice Neil Gorsuch for all the wrong reasons. Last month, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Sessions v. Dimaya. Justice Neil Gorsuch was the deciding vote, and in this instance he sided with the liberals on the court.  Gorsuch argued that the statute in question was vague to the extent that it violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. (Whether Gorsuch was right or wrong in his decision is not the purpose of this article. Plenty of those articles have been written elsewhere.) This week, however, Gorsuch again sided with the majority in another...

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The Greater Context of Moving the Embassy to Jerusalem

Monday marked the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. The United States’ birthday gift to Israel was to finally move the American embassy to Jerusalem. The decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem was widely condemned by both the foreign policy smart set and foreign governments. However, what Trump did was not radical in any sense of the word. For all the histrionics from the foreign policy establishment, the Europeans, and elsewhere that this destroys years of agreements and precedent, Trump did not comment on what he thought the final status of Jerusalem would or should be in any deal...

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Nothing to Celebrate as Marx Turns 200

In a world full of ideas there are those who come up with some truly awful ideas and therefore are destined to forever be considered null and void. Then there are those who come up with awful ideas, but for whatever reason are still romanticized. Karl Marx is one of the latter and, given that last week would have been his 200th birthday, there were fawning tributes to Marx throughout the world. From the New York Times to a statue in Germany (Yes, Germany where the eastern part of the country lived under the iron boot of the Stasi while being trapped...

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Israel Catches Iran Red Handed

Espionage is, by definition, a secretive business. Sometimes, the greatest intelligence achievements or most daring operations are not known until decades after the fact. However, some operations–usually ones that result in a treasure trove of vital intelligence–are disclosed relatively quickly and deliberately. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a roughly 20-minute presentation on recently acquired Iranian atomic archives from such an operation. To his right was a PowerPoint presentation, complete with Iranian documents, photographs, videos, and scientific computer simulations. To his left was a bookshelf full of binders and a wall of CDs, all representing the captured materials. Netanyahu’s presentation...

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