NATO is in a strategic muddle

In public, this week’s NATO defense ministers meeting went off without a hitch.
As usual, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reaffirmed (for the zillionth time) Washington’s commitment to Article 5 of the NATO charter, where an attack on one member state is viewed as an attack on the entire alliance. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg bragged about NATO’s status as the oldest and most successful alliance in modern history.
But underneath the veneer of pious regularity lie problems, or at the very least disputes.

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What Congress can learn from the fight over Obamacare

A Democratic president elected with his party in control of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi putting the squeeze on her “moderate” members. So-called centrist Democratic senators sweating the fallout of their party’s agenda at home and putting the brakes on their leaders in Washington.
This is our national politics in 2021, but it also applies to Washington during the fall of 2009 as the legislative fight over Obamacare hit high gear. In many ways, both Republicans and Democrats carry the scars and the trophies from that period.

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The US must expel Turkey’s ambassador

Secretary of State Antony Blinken should declare Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic persona non grata.
That action is necessary following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s directive to declare U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield persona non grata. Erdogan took that action Saturday after a joint human rights statement by various Western nations. That statement on Monday called for the release of Osman Kavala. A civil society activist, Kavala has been imprisoned since 2017.

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What Jill Biden won’t address in her Jewish school speech tomorrow

Words are easy. Actions are the true measure of commitment, the barometer by which we can gauge the Biden administration’s genuine support of and friendship for the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
As she speaks to the Jewish community in Detroit later Saturday, there are several critical issues Jill Biden and the Biden administration won’t be willing to tackle.
One is the rise of antisemitism. President Joe Biden shakes his head sadly every time another report of a hate crime against Jews is reported in the news, paying lip service to comforting themes of peace and love.

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What Jill Biden won’t address in her Jewish school speech

Words are easy. Actions are the true measure of commitment, the barometer by which we can gauge the Biden administration’s genuine support of and friendship for the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
As she speaks to the Jewish community in Detroit later Saturday, there are several critical issues Jill Biden and the Biden administration won’t be willing to tackle.
One is the rise of antisemitism. President Joe Biden shakes his head sadly every time another report of a hate crime against Jews is reported in the news, paying lip service to comforting themes of peace and love.

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Stop pressuring women to have abortions

At least two Washington, D.C., police officers allege that the Metropolitan Police Department gave them an ultimatum: have an abortion or lose your job.
D.C. Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson claims she was told this while undergoing the MPD cadet program in 1988. Another woman, D.C. police officer Karen Arikpo, said the sergeant leading the department’s recruiting class in 1997 told her the same thing. Arikpo said the sergeant even referred her to an abortion doctor, according to Fox 5 .
It’s disgusting that any employer would make a woman kill her unborn baby to keep her job.

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Stop pressuring women to have abortions

At least two Washington, D.C., police officers allege that the Metropolitan Police Department gave them an ultimatum: have an abortion or lose your job.
D.C. Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson claims she was told this while undergoing the MPD cadet program in 1988. Another woman, D.C. police officer Karen Arikpo, said the sergeant leading the department’s recruiting class in 1997 told her the same thing. Arikpo said the sergeant even referred her to an abortion doctor, according to Fox 5 .
It’s disgusting that any employer would make a woman kill her unborn baby to keep her job.

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To understand the Holocaust, students should read Mein Kampf

Last week, a Texas school administrator was caught on audio saying that, in complying with a Texas law, opposing viewpoints about the Holocaust should be taught.
While the outrage is understandable, it is misguided.
Yes, there is no denying that the Holocaust happened. But in teaching one of history’s darkest hours and the most tragic moment in Jewish history, the story of both the victim and perpetrator must be taught.
That means it is crucial to teach both The Diary of Anne Frank and Mein Kampf.

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CNN explains exactly why Joe Rogan is so popular

Joe Rogan’s recent podcast featuring CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta is a perfect microcosm for understanding why the public currently reports record-low levels of trust in the media.
What has been most telling about the conversation is CNN’s response in its wake. Take, for instance, the network’s morning show, New Day. After showing a heavily edited video of the conversation in an attempt to present Gupta in the best possible light, anchor Brianna Keilar stated, “I’m really glad you did this … there’s so many people that can listen to the sense that you make.

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Biden has power to make Jordan’s King Abdullah release a US citizen

It’s time for President Joe Biden to get tough with King Abdullah of Jordan.
For weeks, Abdullah has been in the United States, living in luxury as his nation struggles. The leaked Pandora Papers detail what appear to be, ahem, highly questionable financial dealings by the king. Meanwhile, as explained in two columns in July, Abdullah is holding a U.S. citizen in prison after a trial in which the citizen, Bassem Awadallah, was afforded no chance to call his own witnesses or provide exculpatory evidence, denied private meetings with his attorneys, and allegedly tortured.

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