Why Do Dictators Like Kim Jong Un Bother To Hold Fake Elections?

Why do dictators feel the need to pretend that they have the consent of the people over whom they rule?

Carterization of Obama

Barack Obama is no Jimmy Carter.

Ukraine, NATO, and the EU

The West owes Ukraine nothing.

Preliminary Thoughts on the Ukraine Situation

Russian invasion or legitimate secessionist movement? And does it matter?

Yanukovych Out in Ukraine?

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been forced out of Kyiv—and possibly out of power entirely.

Explaining The Conservative Love Affair With Vladimir Putin: It’s All About Opposing Obama

The bizarre conservative love affair with Vladimir Putin continues.

Americans Have Mostly Negative View Of Putin And Russia

The Cold War may be over, but the negative opinions in the U.S. regarding Russia and its leadership seem to have continued.

Foreign Journalists Harassing Russian Gays More Than Putin?

Some perspective from Sochi.

Ariel Sharon, Israeli General, Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, Prime Minister, Dead At 85

After eight years in a coma, Ariel Sharon has passed away.

The Cultural Conservative Love Affair With Vladimir Putin Is Quite Odd

Vladimir Putin seems to be getting a lot of love from cultural conservatives in the United States.

On Mandela, Some Conservatives Get It And Others Quite Obviously Don’t

Some on the American right have a very odd view of both Nelson Mandela and the Apartheid regime he fought against.

On Iran, Diplomacy Beats Containment, And Containment Is Smarter Than Military Action

There are many choices in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program there are many choices, but some are better than others.

Biden: U.S. Won’t Recognize China’s New Air Defense Zone

The U.S. position on China’s new air defense zone is exceedingly clear. The question is where it goes from here.

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

The most important leader to come out of Africa in the 20th Century, and perhaps in all of history, has died.

U.S., World Powers, Reach Temporary Nuclear Deal With Iran

Small steps from both sides in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, but too early to say that we’ve reached a solution.

John F. Kennedy A Conservative? No, Not Really

Conservatives have their own Kennedy myth to compete with the myth of Camelot.

Blaming Dallas For Kennedy’s Assassination

Don’t blame Dallas, or 60s era Texas conservatism, for what happened in Dallas 50 years ago,

Tom Clancy Dead at 66

Tom Clancy, author of dozens of bestselling military thriller novels, has died aged 66.

Syria And The “Isolationist” Smear

Opposing interventionism and unnecessary and unwise military engagements is not isolationism.

Are The Russians About To Outsmart Obama And Kerry On Syria?

A throwaway comment by John Kerry in London has led to some interesting diplomatic developments.

David Jones, Former Joint Chiefs Chairman, Dead at 92

David C. Jones, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Carter and Reagan, has died.

The End of the Affair

To maintain growth China needs to consider its priorities.

Should Juror’s Identities Ever Be Kept Secret?

Until the presiding Judge in the case rules otherwise, the identities of the members of the jury in the Zimmerman is secret. Should that be the case?

Notwithstanding Egypt, Coups Have Become Rare

Military coups used to be far more common than they are today.

Edward Snowden Did Not Commit Treason

Edward Snowden has likely violated many laws, but, absent additional facts, treason is not one of them.

Bill Clinton Criticizes Obama on Syria

Former President Bill Clinton says President Obama should ignore the polls and intervene in Syria.

Quote Of The Day

Hagel’s Uphill Fight

Examining SECDEF’s call for radical overhaul of our defense structure against the fate of similar calls past.

China Starting To Get Irritated With North Korea?

North Korea’s latest provocations may be testing the patience of their patrons in Beijing.

The Debt Ceiling And The 14th Amendment

Resurrecting and old, and bad, idea.

Nuke The Moon!

Mitt Romney Once Again Misrepresents The Status Of The U.S. Navy

Mitt Romney is once again making completely false claims about the status of the United States Navy.

2008’s Obama Derangement Syndrome Looks Ridiculous In Hindsight

Let’s take a trip back in time to see what some conservatives thought 2012 would look like if Barack Obama were elected President.

Romney’s Critique of Obama’s Foreign Policy Record Is Incredibly Weak

The Romney campaign’s critique of the President’s foreign policy record is weak, and based on bad history.

Obama Campaign Dodges Reagan’s Question

The Obama campaign clearly does not want Americans to consider whether they are better off now than they were four years ago.

Foolishly, Republicans Open Attack On Obama On Foreign Policy

Today’s convention activities will include the opening salvos of an attack on the President’s foreign policy. This strikes me as a mistake.

A Presidential Election Without Veterans

For the first time in 80 years, there are no veterans on the major party Presidential tickets.

Cameroon’s “Missing” Olympians

Eight of Cameroon’s 37 Olympians are “missing.”

Is The New Red Dawn The Dumbest Movie Ever?

The new Red Dawn promises to be even sillier than the first.

Michael Phelps Breaks Olympic Medal Record; Greatest Olympian Ever?

Michael Phelps today won his 18th and 19th Olympic medal, breaking the old record held by gymnast Larysa Latynina. Does this make him the greatest ever?