Foreign Affairs

Ten Things I Hate About You

By |2019-08-21T22:53:18-05:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Freedom, Government, Joseph Mussomeli, Liberalism, Politics, Rights, Senior Contributors|

America would be a more wholesome, more unified, and more decent place if liberals stopped thinking they have a monopoly on compassion and intelligence and conservatives stopped thinking they have a monopoly on patriotism and God. Warning: This is not a twenty-years-too-late movie review of a loosely-adapted romantic-comedy of The Taming of the Shrew. [...]

Consequentialism & the Atomic Bomb in World War II

By |2019-08-05T21:23:26-05:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Foreign Affairs, History, Morality, Politics, War|

Consequentialism falls short because it blurs the distinction between murder and killing in war, the latter of which—while not always adhering to Gospel truth—is a grim necessity in the defense of the state. The misapplication of consequentialism to the atomic missions does a severe disservice to history. I. One need not be an aficionado [...]

Photography as Propaganda

By |2019-07-16T11:20:36-05:00July 14th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Joseph Mussomeli, Modernity, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Images certainly can be much more compelling than mere words. But like words, how images are used and when they are used are opportunities for manipulation. The photograph is unnerving. One cannot look at it without it breaking your heart. It is the sort of image that sticks in your mind forever and haunts [...]

World War I: War as Revolution

By |2019-07-07T21:57:22-05:00July 7th, 2019|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Progressivism, Senior Contributors, War, World War I|

When World War I ended in disillusionment, with much of Europe in chaos and ruin, many Progressives blamed Woodrow Wilson. It was he, in the end, who betrayed the cause of democracy. Only after the war did John Dewey and other Progressives admit that the Allies had never championed democratic values at all, but [...]

A Dangerous Conflation of Terms: “Anti-Israel” and “Anti-Semitic”

By |2019-03-11T00:32:08-05:00March 10th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Israel, Joseph Mussomeli, Liberal, Politics|

Those who make too much of Representative Ilhan Omar’s statement, and who are happy to gain some short-term win by conflating legitimate concern over Israeli influence with anti-Semitism, run the risk of permanently connecting the two terms... I was sitting under a huge oak tree on my college campus reading a political science textbook when [...]

President Trump Is Right About Syria… Even if He’s Wrong

By |2018-12-31T01:13:46-05:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Joseph Mussomeli, Middle East, Neoconservatism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, if it holds, is one of the few genuinely courageous acts of his presidency… My first thought when I heard that President Trump was finally taking our troops out of the quagmire called Syria was that he was not really serious. Given how frequently and [...]

Syria: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

By |2018-09-18T11:01:13-05:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Joseph Mussomeli, Politics, Terrorism, War|

Like his predecessors, President Trump is now convinced that staying the course militarily throughout the Middle East is our only choice, worrying that a “hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists would instantly fill." If that is the standard, we will stay forever... Despite this President’s sometimes confused perspective on international relations, his world [...]

Seeking No Monsters: Redefining American Exceptionalism

By |2018-09-21T12:13:13-05:00September 16th, 2018|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Ideology, Joseph Mussomeli, Politics, Timeless Essays|

A foreign policy firmly based on consistency, restraint, and adherence to our founding principles would ultimately achieve what most of us mistakenly believe we already possess: an American Exceptionalism admired and envied by the world... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Joseph Mussomeli as he invites us [...]

War, Power, & Supremacy: A Conservative Interpretation

By |2019-03-05T14:31:53-05:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Foreign Affairs, History, War|Tags: |

At the zenith of our commitments, we were at the nadir of our precautions. —Walter Lippmann, U.S. Foreign Policy: Shield of the Republic (1943) In his wartime study of American foreign policy, Walter Lippmann remarked on the propensity of the United States government for entering into commitments that lie outside the scope of existing [...]

Russia: Is it Time to Give Peace a Chance?

By |2019-05-09T12:12:54-05:00July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, History, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Russia|

Russia is resurrected from the dead, rising from the tomb in which communism had placed it. It is emerging as a Christian country at a time when other erstwhile Christian countries seem intent on abandoning their faith in order to embrace the suicidal culture of death... Patrick Buchanan’s succinct and penetrating essay on President Trump’s [...]

Did President Trump Commit Treason With Vladimir Putin?

By |2019-04-25T15:26:49-05:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan, Politics, Russia|

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump has signaled a historic shift [...]

Should President Trump Trust Kim Jong Un?

By |2019-04-25T15:48:15-05:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan, Politics|

If the Trump-Kim camaraderie goes south and the crisis of 2017, when war seemed possible, returns, President Trump, as he concedes, will be charged with naivety for having placed his trust in such a tyrant... President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime [...]