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  • Commentary posted August 28, 2014 by Jim DeMint Tension between Korea-Japan is poison to Asia. U.S. Should Mediate.

    "We hope for a positive China-Korea relationship as the result of Korean leadership, rather than China’s coercion, said Jim DeMint (63), president of The Heritage Foundation. “Korea should do it on its own terms, not China’s.” He also noted that “The United States does not deter its allies from a positive relationship with China. However, the United States would not want…

  • Commentary posted August 27, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Fight hard to deter, or prepare for a fight

    Historians like to joke that we know a lot about big wars. For example, odd-numbered wars, like World War I, always start in the Balkans, whereas even-numbered ones, like World War II, begin in Poland. The point of the joke is that every war is unique, and so sheds only hazy light on today. The impulse to learn from the history of the First World War, which began 100…

  • Commentary posted August 27, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. How does freedom work? Read these

    This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The historical literature on the war is vast, rivaled only by the U.S. Civil War and the Second World War. The Great War's lessons, in the end, are what you make of them. But if you want to know more about the war, here are a few of my personal favorites. No book on the start of the war is more…

  • Commentary posted August 26, 2014 by Lisa Curtis, William T. Wilson, Ph.D. India's Big WTO Mistake

    It appeared to be a done deal. Last December in Bali, the 159 member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) signed off on the trade facilitation agreement (TFA). While not garnering much media attention, it should have. The accord was easily the largest multilateral trade agreement since the omnibus GATT (WTO’s predecessor) Uruguay Round in 1994. The TFA sought…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Diane Katz Ex-Im Bank little more than corporate welfare

    Congress is debating the fate of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an obscure government agency that funnels subsidies to foreign firms for the purchase of American exports. Proponents claim the bank aids small business, creates jobs and "levels the playing field" in global trade. In fact, Ex-Im does nothing of the kind, and Americans deserve to know the truth about what is…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Daniel Kochis We’re All in this Together: U.S. Allies Should Do More to Confront ISIS

    Make no mistake, ISIS’s methodical march of savagery across the Middle East threatens more than the religious and ethnic minorities caught in its path. The United States and its allies, especially those in the region, have every reason to be concerned about the human cost of allowing ISIS to roam freely. Any rational person must be disgusted by the cold-blooded murders…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Stephen Moore What economic recovery?

    President Obama was doing a little jig on the tables last week at the White House – figuratively, or course – when we got a decent jobs and GDP report. Mr. Obama even chided those who would dare question his economic stewardship by saying: “Since I have come into office, there’s almost no economic metric by which you couldn’t say that the U.S. economy is better and that…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Stephen Moore Secular Stagnation Is a Cover-Up: Failed Keynesian Policies Have Blocked Growth

    John F. Kennedy campaigned for president in 1960 by belittling Dwight Eisenhower's three recessions and declaring, "We can do bettah." He was right. In the 1960s, after the Kennedy tax cuts were implemented, prosperity returned, the economy grew by almost 4 percent annually, unemployment sank to record lows, and a gold-linked dollar held down inflation. But…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. U.S. must stop giving ground in Iraq

    The best way to start winning a war is to stop losing. That axiom certainly applies to what’s going on in Iraq. But, that said, there is no place for American brigades in this battle. Yes, Americans have a huge stake in preventing al-Qaeda’s cousin from setting up a brutal caliphate in Iraq. The Middle East is a crossroads of the world. If unchecked, the malevolent…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

    Not since Edmund Morris’s bizarre semi-fictional biography of Ronald Reagan has there been such a deeply disappointing Reagan book as Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. No sooner was it published than it was greeted with charges of plagiarism, egregious misstatements, and “invisible” footnotes. It is always useful to know…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Obama's destructive immigration policy

    Is it possible to have a debate on border security and immigration reform that doesn't descend into an unproductive shouting match? Yes. I've been involved in many such debates all across the country, and none of them proved contentious. In each case the discussion started by identifying the points all sides could agree on. Imagine if Washington tried that. Congress and…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Stephen Moore California's Miracle Will Turn Out To Be A Mirage

    News media from coast to coast are celebrating a "California comeback" after a near-decade-long Golden State economic collapse. But even this latest recovery may be much more fragile than has been reported, and the state's structural defects still imperil the left-coast economy. Certainly there are reasons for optimism. Tax collections were way up last year, and the…

  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Stephen Moore Low-Tax States Create More Jobs Than High-Tax States

    First, an apology. In a July 2 article on this page, I erred in citing Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers comparing the superior job-creation performance of no-income-tax Texas and Florida to the states with the highest income-tax rates, California and New York. My errors set off a brouhaha in the media — though the errors in no way change the conclusion that low-tax…

  • Commentary posted August 22, 2014 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Bitcoin Currency: The New Frontier for the CFPB

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has unparalleled powers over nearly every consumer financial product and service.  Given that virtual currencies can serve as a form of electronic money, the CFPB has, predictably, decided to weigh in on this topic. A CFPB statement this week warned people about the dangers of private digital currencies such as Bitcoin,…

  • Commentary posted August 21, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Intolerance on the left

    We often hear those on the right branded as “intolerant.” We’re all a bunch of extremists who just want to shut down the other side, right? We’re unlike those on the left, who welcome debate and want to give all viewpoints a respectful hearing. Or so we’re told. We might even start to believe it — until we encounter the oh-so-tolerant voices of our loyal opposition.…