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  • Commentary posted June 16, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. After Orlando, Obama Drops Most Partisan Speech Ever

    Tuesday, our president came to us live from the Treasury Department. Allegedly, the purpose was to update Americans on the horrific Islamist terrorist attack at an LGBT club in Florida, as well as offer an update in the war against ISIS. But Obama reserved the second half of the speech for a vicious partisan diatribe. It would be as if FDR, partway through his “Day of…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2016 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Government Shouldn’t Impose Transgender Ideology on Nation

    You know gender-identity issues are getting lots of attention when it prompts one gay-rights activist to start a campaign called "Drop the T." Its goal: to kick transgender out of the standard LGBT acronym for being "ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men." Whatever happens within the LGBT community, one thing is clear: Government…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Obama's Hiroshima Trip Just More Of The Same

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. His spokesmen have promised that he won’t apologize for the U.S. use of atomic bombs to end the Second World War. But Hiroshima’s meaning is more powerful than any words he may utter. Obama’s been contemplating a visit to Hiroshima for years. I first heard rumors of it in…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2016 by Bruce Klingner Hiroshima Quest is Naïve

    In 2009, President Obama articulated his dream for a world free of nuclear weapons. But reality intruded on his utopian vision that day when North Korea launched a long-range missile designed to target the United States with nuclear weapons. Since then, Pyongyang has continued to augment its nuclear arsenal. As the end of his presidency approaches, Obama seeks to…

  • Commentary on May 25, 2016 Critics Of The New York Times' Ben Rhodes Profile Miss The Point

    In a sense, there was no news in the recent New York Times magazine exposé of Obama foreign policy guru Ben Rhodes. It reveals that President Obama’s inner circle lacks foreign experience, is insufferably condescending, and lies to the nation. All of this we knew, so why all the fuss? It is important for the historical record, however, that the Rhodes’s profile further…

  • 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 11, 2016 by Peter Brookes President Obama's Bad Bromances, Breakups

    He’d explained, calmly, that he was on the right side of history and they weren’t. He’d noted that the only alternative to doing what he wanted was doing the wrong thing, or nothing at all. And he’d pointed out that, when people disagreed with him, it was because of pressure from donors, or because they couldn’t tell fantasy from reality, or were like Iranian religious…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Freedom Is in Retreat Under Obama Presidency

    President Barack Obama’s speech in Cuba last week is one of the best he’s made in his seven years in office. Unfortunately, he’s got a terrible record of following through on his words. I don’t think Obama should have gone to Cuba. The U.S. has nothing to gain from an opening to the Castro regime: this isn’t Nixon’s trip to China at the height of the Cold War. Most…

  • Commentary posted March 22, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Encouraging Real Change in Cuba

    It’s been over a year since the United States “normalized” relations with Cuba, making concessions that, supposedly, would encourage the island nation to become freer and more open. In light of President Obama’s visit, however, it’s clear that this policy has proven to be a failure. You would think that only by making concrete improvements in the lives of ordinary Cubans…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2016 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. O Americans, Embrace Brexit

    President Obama is no supporter of Brexit. Just as David Cameron is warning of grave consequences for Britain if it leaves the European Union – floods of migrants crossing the English Channel, economic isolation, heightened terrorism risks – the American president has told the British people that Brexit is against US interests and will weaken the transatlantic alliance.…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2016 by Dakota Wood Saturday Q&A: Military Analyst Takes Aim at Climate Change Directive

    Dakota Wood is The Heritage Foundation's senior research fellow for defense programs. Wood, who spent two decades in the U.S. Marine Corps, spoke to the Trib regarding the Pentagon recently ordering commanders to prioritize climate change in military actions. Q: What prompted this directive? A: It's important to keep in mind that senior civilian officials are political…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Obama and Juan Williams Need a Lesson on the Constitution and the Facts on Judicial Nominations

    Someone should remind President Obama and Juan Williams what the Constitution actually says about confirming nominees. They seem unaware of how the process works. They also appear ignorant of the facts regarding the many judicial nominees the president has had confirmed over the past seven years. First of all, the claim by Juan Williams that race “has something to do”…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Peter Brookes Obama Trip Rewards Cuba for Failing Its People

    In the continuing saga — going back almost seven years now — of Team Obama’s quest to end the “Cold War” with Cuba, the White House trumpeted last week that the president is heading for Havana next month. Just another bad idea whose time has come, I guess. Obama will be the first U.S. president to go to Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 — and with the trip coming in…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Stephen Moore Hey President Obama, for Most Americans the Economy Is Still Weak

    Bernie Sanders says this is an economy that has been rigged with only the gains of the last decade going to the richest one percent. Hillary Clinton admits the middle class is falling behind. In fact, about the only person in America who is happy with the economy is Obama himself. Every new statistic documents what American voters keep saying: they are sick of slow…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Ana Quintana Obama in Havana: Turn Back to Human Rights

    Earlier this week, President Obama announced plans to visit Cuba in March. Logically—and more importantly—strategically, the visit makes no sense. Mr. Obama and General Raul Castro have already met. Their famous handshake occurred last year, at the Summit of the Americas. Today, a little over year after the president’s radical shift in Cuba policy, conditions have…