Donald Trump's lies are flatly disqualifying

He repeats falsehoods over and over again even after he's called on them

New York Daily News

MAY 11, 2016

It’s hard to decide what is the most disturbing part of Donald Trump’s candidacy. His racism, sexism and nativism? His crudity, boastfulness and boorishness? His incessant flip-flopping? His threats against critics and incitement of violence against demonstrators?

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The Republican Party is dead

Los Angeles Times

MAY 8, 2016

I have been a Republican as long as I can remember. Joining the Grand Old Party seemed like a natural choice for someone like me who fled the Soviet Union as a boy and came to Los Angeles with his mother and grandmother in 1976. Refugees from communism, whether from Russia or Cuba, generally oppose socialism and embrace conservative political views.

My allegiance to the GOP was cemented during the 1980s, when I was in high school and college and Ronald Reagan was in the White House. For me, Reagan was what John F. Kennedy had been to an earlier generation: an inspirational figure who shaped my worldview. Reagan had his faults, like JFK, but he was optimistic and gentlemanly. He was pro-free trade and pro-immigration. He believed in limited government at home and American leadership abroad.


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Losing the Governance Contest

To battle terror, fight corruption and incompetence.

The Weekly Standard

MAY 2, 2016

It didn’t get a lot of play in the United States, but on April 9 disturbing news came from the Philippines. Eighteen soldiers were killed and 52 wounded in a firefight with Abu Sayyaf militants on the southern island of Basilan. This is a tragedy for the Philippines that also raises questions about the effectiveness of U.S. military assistance programs abroad following well-publicized failures in Mali and Yemen.

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Declaring War on Poverty

On the current trajectory, spending on health care, Social Security and interest on the debt will consume allfederal tax revenues by 2045.

Wall Street Journal

APR 1, 2016

By Randall B. Woods
Basic, 461 pages, $32

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Vietnam's Agincourt

The fierce jungle battle that brought down an empire.

The Weekly Standard

APR 11, 2016

Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam

Dien Bien Phu is not a battle that looms large in American consciousness. That’s hardly surprising, since almost no Americans took part. (The exception was two dozen CIA contractor pilots who delivered supplies to the doomed French garrison.) But for Vietnam, as a recent visit to that small town in the country's northwest reveals, it is the equivalent of Agincourt, Gettysburg, Stalingrad, Gallipoli—a battle that defined a nation.

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Brussels spotlights Trump security threat

Obama's half measures against ISIL have left a dangerous opening for Trump.

USA Today

MAR 22, 2016

Assuming that the attacks in Brussels were the work of ISIL, they would represent the group’s deadliest strike abroad since the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris which left 130 dead. That attack was preceded by the Oct. 31 bombing of a Russian jetliner in Egypt, which killed 224 people, and followed by the Dec. 2 shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, which killed 14.

The ISIL threat needs to be met with the serious response it deserves — but without falling prey to the anti-Muslim hysteria that Donald Trump peddles. Unfortunately, the desultory war that President Obama is waging against ISIL is creating an opening for demagogues like Trump who offer simplistic nostrums that will only hurt our security.

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