Author: Treston Wheat

Is the Iranian Nuclear Deal Bad?

The P5+1 members have signed a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the Islamic Republic of Iran they claim “will ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful, and mark a fundamental shift in their approach to this issue.” Predictably, there is significant disagreement over the treaty between liberal and conservatives and between the United States and certain Middle East allies. International relations are complex, though, and sometimes difficult deals must be made. For example, President Reagan signed an important arms control agreement with the Soviet Union on intermediate nuclear forces. President Reagan’s negotiations were an important step...

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The Once and Future GOP

Now that the GOP has taken back the legislature, if they want to change this country for the better they have to wield power effectively while thinking about the future. To do this they need to better understand and apply party politics. By utilizing the party system, the GOP could more efficaciously run the government by filling positions and creating network of policy experts. Republicans need to think beyond this election and even the 2016 presidential election; they must take a long-term strategic view of politics, policy, and power. Due to the federalist character of the American polity, political...

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Buck Up, Sissypants

I rather dislike Jon Stewart. I find satirists such as him loathsome, but it is not his fault. He plays into and revels in the cynicism that has infected American politics for the last several decades. Instead of trying to create anything or contribute to the debate, he mocks politicians, policy makers, and the media for “failing” or doing ridiculous things. Such comedy itself is not wrong, of course, and does help lighten the mood of the day. But it does reveal something about American culture: Mr. Stewart is seen as a leading “public intellectual” when all he does...

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Hamas Delenda Est

During the second century BCE one of the greatest politicians of the Roman Republic, Cato the Elder, continuously called for the destruction of Rome’s enemy, Carthage. He would use the phrase Carthago delenda est, meaning “Carthage must be destroyed.” Although Rome had been victorious in previous wars, they were having a particularly difficult time during the Third Punic War until Scipio Africanus the Younger finally laid waste to the enemy at the Battle of Carthage in 146 BCE. This is from where the legend comes that the Romans salted Carthage so their enemy wouldn’t even be able to farm...

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