In 1982, a foreign policy white paper appeared in a fairly obscure Israeli quarterly, which informally became known as the Oded Yinon Plan. That much wouldn’t have been too momentous, except that the author certainly wasn’t a run-of-the-mill policy wonk. Oded Yinon held a high post in the Israeli foreign ministry, and also seems to have been close to Ariel Sharon. More to the point, his far-flung agenda bore a remarkable resemblance to the future of the Middle East, and in particular, the last two decades of the USA’s fine messes therein. (more…)
Tag: Foreign Policy
Nobody’s Minding the Shop: The Failure of 21st-Century American Domestic & Foreign Policy
Disintegration: Indicators of the Coming American Collapse
Atlanta: Clarity Press, Inc., 2021
Recently, I had to drive through my Rust Belt homeland to pick up some antique oak furniture that was part of an inheritance. My relatives who still lived in the area had spent the last COVID-19 infected year volunteering at a drive-in food pantry. (more…)
I took a rare day off on Memorial Day, but it had nothing to do with mourning dead American soldiers. Naturally, this didn’t stop me from being bombarded by the endlessly treacly and corny “conservative” online finger-wagging about how I need to honor all the dead soldiers who ostensibly shed their blood to protect my freedoms. (more…)
They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby
Westport, Connecticut: Lawrence Hill & Company, 1985
The late Congressman Paul Findley (1921-2019) was a Republican Congressman from Illinois. His hometown was Jacksonville. Like so many other Midwesterners his ancestors were a mix of the Yankees and Pennsylvanians who created a civilization on the wild prairie. (more…)
Beautiful Losers is a collection of essays by the late Samuel Francis, who influenced not only my work, but much of the Right in America today. The omnibus opens with an introduction and brief history of the post-World War II conservative movement in America up to 1993, when Beautiful Losers was published. (more…)
Ever have one of those moments that make you question everything? Sometimes things get so confusing that up seems like down, day seems like night, and you find yourself revisiting some of your most fundamental principles. Of course, I’m talking about the Jewish Question. (more…)
Nature is a temple, where the living
Columns sometimes breathe of confusing speech;
Man walks within these groves of symbols, each
Of which regards him as a kindred thing.
— Charles Baudelaire, “Correspondence” (more…)
Philip H. Gordon
Losing the Long Game: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2020
Philip H. Gordon is a Deputy National Security Advisor to the Dementia Regime’s Vice President. Previously, he’d served on the staff of President Obama. (more…)
Gerald Lyman Kenneth Smith: Preacher of the Right
To say that Disciples of Christ minister Gerald L. K. Smith had a controversial career would be an understatement. He was aware of the Jewish Question and published an influential Rightist newsletter called The Flag and the Cross for many years. He was “deplatformed” throughout his life, was met with hostile and jeering crowds, endured several attacks, and gained plenty of intrusive FBI and ADL attention. He had bitter falling outs with former friends and allies. Even George Lincoln Rockwell feuded with him. (more…)
Boris Johnson led his country into separating from Europe because of uncontrolled mass immigration from Africa and the Middle East only to offer 5 million passports to the Chinese. It is unclear how many eligible Hong Kong citizens will take advantage of Johnson’s offer. The propaganda media spread a number: 300,000 applications so far (January 29, 2021). (more…)
Things have taken a downward slide lately, to say the least.
The most notable event was the stolen Presidential election. Local courts didn’t want to hear it. SCOTUS didn’t want to hear it, despite reports of a shouting match in their chamber. (more…)
If you’re anything like me, you watched with frustration as Joe Biden stumbled through his inaugural speech and then proceeded to do away with many of Donald Trump’s great executive orders. In the meantime, QAnon’s prophecies did not manifest. Jesus didn’t return to save the Chosen People of America from this cognitively declining anti-Christ.
It looks like we’re on our own. (more…)
Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight over World War II, 1939–1941
New York: Random House, 2013
The idea of America First policy is back after a long hiatus. The first proponent for such a policy was none other than George Washington. (more…)
Apparently, Uncle Sam has decided to dress as Ebenezer Scrooge this Christmas.
I don’t know much about economics — if I did, I’d be a millionaire rather than a writer — but I know enough to realize that the US economy is wrecked beyond belief. (more…)
Did you ever have a nightmare where, in the midst of enduring untold agonies, you were somehow able to realize it was a dream and thus rouse yourself from sleep?
That’s not the problem these days. These days, we all wake up into a nightmare.
They warn us to be careful what we wish for, but I can’t stop wishing I was paranoid, because paranoia would be preferable to every other option. (more…)
The Plymouth 400 Symposium Yankee Wisdom, Yankee Work: Henry Cabot Lodge & Frederick Winslow Taylor
The Absurd Adventures of the American Youth Congress
The American Youth Congress was a largely-forgotten but very unique activist organization in the history of the New Deal era. Formed in 1935, it experienced tremendously rapid growth. Within four years, it became a massive nexus, somehow converging 413 youth groups (more…)
Joe Biden’s cabinet promises to restore globalism to its previous dominance. Gone are any hints of America First or aspirations to pull back from foreign hellholes. Liberal interventionism will be the Biden administration’s credo.
Biden’s pick to be the next Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, encapsulates the cabinet’s worldview. (more…)
The Vanishing Tradition: Perspectives on American Conservatism
Paul Gottfried, editor
The Vanishing Tradition: Perspectives on American Conservatism
DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2020
The Vanishing Tradition is an anthology edited by Paul Gottfried, and owing to its structure, a proper review is not really possible. Rather, I will individually summarize and comment on each contribution to the anthology. (more…)
Translated by Greg Johnson
Nicolas Gauthier: With his speech at Les Mureaux, and his promise to begin fighting “Islamic separatism,” Emmanuel Macron seems to have discovered previously unglimpsed realities. Is this to his credit? Can we say that he is now regaining control?
Alain de Benoist: Macron has many faults, but he’s not a complete idiot. (more…)
Translated by Greg Johnson
The US presidential election is fast approaching. Personally, do you want Donald Trump to be re-elected? Would a second term of this president please you, if only to see the faces of his opponents, American and European?
Alain de Benoist: I would like his re-election, but by default, for lack of something better. As you know, this character doesn’t thrill me that much. (more…)
Kent & Phoebe Courtney on the Council on Foreign Relations
Kent & Phoebe Courtney
America’s Unelected Rulers
New Orleans: Conservative Society of America, 1962
America’s Unelected Rulers shines a spotlight on the Council on Foreign Relations of nearly six decades ago. All told, it’s an interesting blast from the past, and a reminder that some things never change. (more…)
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
London: Elliot and Thompson (2015)
The physical realities that underpin national and international politics are too often disregarded in both writing about history and in contemporary reporting of world affairs. Geography is clearly a fundamental part of the “why” as well as the “what.” (more…)
McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War plus The Induction of Unfit Men, Criminals, and Misfits
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania: Infinity Publishing, 2015
Hamilton Gregory unveiled a seldom-explored facet of modern military history with McNamara’s Folly. Similar subject matter is touched on with the inspiring film Forrest Gump (more…)
Woodrow Wilson once stood as a hero to modern progressives. The 28th president’s moral idealism, disregard for constitutional fealty, and belief in the goodness of “big government” endeared him to liberals of the Barack Obama era. Commentators positively noted the similarities between Wilson and Obama (more…)
A couple of years ago I had a disturbing dream about Donald Trump. In the dream, I was working in the White House as some kind of staffer and had occasion to enter the Oval Office to inform President Trump about something. As I stood before the President’s desk, I noticed that he kept (more…)
On June 8, 1967, unmarked Israeli surveillance aircraft were spotted observing the Liberty several times. Without warning, the ship was attacked by three unmarked Dassault Mirage III fighter planes, equipped with rockets, thirty-millimeter cannons, and machine guns. The tattered American flag was replaced, under ruthless and constant heavy fire, with the ship’s oversized holiday flag, seven by thirteen feet, and when this flag was destroyed, a sailor raised a third flag. There was never a time when the American flag was not flying. (more…)
Blood in the Water: How the US and Israel Conspired to Ambush the USS Liberty
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2018.
Joan Mellen’s Blood in the Water is the most comprehensive account available on the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, and deserves national recognition. Ms. Mellen, a professor at Temple University, is a poor writer; she repeats herself in several places, and fails to adhere to her organizational structure. (more…)