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  • Commentary posted April 27, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Four Decades of Patriotism

    Americans still enjoy freedom of religion. But these days, they’re expected to leave their faith in the pew or at home — not allow it to influence their behavior in the public square. The Founding Fathers didn’t take that view. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports,” George Washington…

  • Commentary posted April 27, 2016 by Luke Coffey An Ally Reels in the Balkans

    Macedonia is one of the few success stories emerging from the chaos that enveloped the Balkans during the 1990s. Now, however, the country’s political situation is becoming dangerously tense. The political class has been embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal. The main opposition party, led by Zoran Zaev, is exploiting the situation for political gain. At the same time, a…

  • Commentary posted April 26, 2016 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Butt out of Brexit

    President Obama was in London on Friday, warning the British people against leaving the European Union. He has already been sharply criticized by British members of Parliament, including London Mayor Boris Johnson. And with good reason: Obama is sending the wrong message. His intervention is proving both controversial and unpopular, a demonstration of how out of touch he…

  • Commentary posted April 26, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Bridget Mudd How Private Charity Can Help National Security

    Americans have big hearts. They give more than $360 billion every year to good causes. Yet very little of that goes to keeping themselves, their families, communities or country safe from our nation’s enemies. Most Americans figure that defense is the government’s job. And if Washington is not up to the task, well, they don’t imagine that donations can do much to match…

  • Commentary posted April 25, 2016 by Dean Cheng Never Say Never: China's Rise Is About the Art of the Possible

    Will China dominate the Pacific? Impossible. Or so we are told by M.L. Cavanaugh, a U.S. Army strategist and War on the Rocks contributor. In a unique article that uses Netflix shows such as “Daredevil” and “Sense8” to explain how we should view the rise of China, Cavanaugh tell us, “Even if China carves out some additional room for maneuver, it will never dominate the…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Prosecuting Climate Change ‘Deniers’ is an Abuse of Power

    They call themselves “AGs United for Clean Power.” A more accurate name would be “AGs United to Silence Dissent.” I’m referring to a coalition of 17 attorneys general representing 15 states as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. They announced at a press conference on March 29 that they will be targeting any companies that challenge the “accepted”…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2016 by Peter Brookes Russia Exercises Need for Speed

    Will someone please call the Kremlin ASAP and ask them to remove all copies of the movie “Top Gunski” from the ready rooms of Russia’s fighter pilots? Their aerial acrobatics are dangerously out of control. Not only is somebody going to get killed unnecessarily, but the jet jocks’ capers could easily precipitate an international crisis — or worse — between two of the…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2016 by Jim DeMint Obama Sidesteps Senate Approval of Paris Agreement

    This Friday is “Earth Day” and by all indications the Obama administration intends to celebrate it by traveling to the United Nations in New York and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Despite the pomp and circumstance of a U.N. Headquarters signing ceremony, President Obama claims that the Paris Agreement is not a treaty. Since he claims it is not a treaty,…

  • Commentary posted April 19, 2016 by Romina Boccia Congress Should Enact a Responsible Budget

    Once again, Congress has blown right past its statutory deadline for passing a budget. The Congressional Budget Act requires Congress to pass a budget by April 15 to begin the annual spending process for appropriations. Although the House Budget Committee introduced its fiscal year 2017 budget in March, it's never been brought to a floor vote, and prospects for an…

  • Commentary posted April 19, 2016 by Justin T. Johnson We Must Get the Defense Budget Right

    It doesn’t matter if it’s the Golden State Warriors, the Denver Broncos, or the U.S. Women’s National Team, the world’s best sports teams are built on three basic things: the best people, the best training, and the best equipment. The same is true of defense forces: people, training and equipment are the three legs of a strong and ready military. Unfortunately,…

  • Commentary posted April 14, 2016 by Jennifer A. Marshall Big Business Trying to 'Rebrand' Religious Liberty as Bigotry

    Big business can be accused of a lot of things, but having ineffective ad campaigns is not one of them. Which means it takes a savvy consumer to maintain independent judgment and make purchases based on her own criteria, not marketing spin. Now the informed consumer needs to exercise that same discretion when encountering big business' latest marketing campaign, not for…

  • Commentary posted April 14, 2016 by Robin Simcox Europe, Stop Trying To Make ‘Intelligence Sharing’ Happen

    It’s not hard to understand why the recent arrest of Mohamed Abrini, and the discovery that the March 22 Brussels bombings were originally intended for French soil, are being treated as yet another argument for greater intelligence sharing among European countries. Abrini – the now infamous “man in the hat” – participated in both the Paris and Brussels attacks as part of…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2016 by Peter Brookes Russian 'Reset' a Resounding Failure

    News that the United States is sending combat troops back to Europe beginning next February to deter potential Russian aggression against NATO pretty much takes Team Obama’s Russian “reset” policy off life support, doesn’t it? I’d like to say “RIP,” but I’m more of the mind to say, “Good riddance.” It all started so hopefully in 2009 with then-Secretary of State…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2016 by Salim Furth, Ph.D. Want to Fight Global Warming? Forget Fuel Economy Standards and Focus on Land Use.

    Having led and won the fight in the 1960s and ‘70s to reduce air pollution from automobiles, California's road regulators turned their sights on a more ambitious goal: curbing global warming at the tailpipe through fuel-economy standards. But powerful evidence shows that these standards are costly for consumers and have almost no impact on the environment. The federal…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2016 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Big Biz Wins, Georgians Lose Re: HB 757

    Easter Monday didn’t bring good news to citizens in the peach state. Instead, corporate bullying killed a religious liberty bill. Big business and special interests successfully pressured Gov. Deal to veto legislation offering common-sense solutions to the challenges of a changing culture. It’s not unique to Georgia. And it’s bad news for all Americans. We’ve seen this…