Iraqi forces pose for a picture with an upside down Islamic State flag in Mosul on July 8. Who will fill the spaces from which the jihadi group is driven? There is a clear effort by the new Iran-Hezbollah-Shiite militia-Russia coalition to reply:
Publius Decius Mus September 5, is the Flight 93 election: You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees. To compound the metaphor: With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances.
To ordinary conservative ears, this sounds histrionic. Can things really be so bad if eight years of Obama can be followed by eight more of Hillary, and yet Constitutionalist conservatives can still reasonably hope for a restoration of our cherished ideals?
Not to pick too much on Kesler, who is less unwarrantedly optimistic than most conservatives. And who, at least, poses the right question: The truth is that Trump articulated, if incompletely and inconsistently, the right stances on the right issues—immigration, trade, and war—right from the beginning.
But let us back up. One of the paradoxes—there are so many—of conservative thought over the last decade at least is the unwillingness even to entertain the possibility that America and the West are on a trajectory toward something very bad.
On the one hand, conservatives routinely present a litany of ills plaguing the body politic. Massive, expensive, intrusive, out-of-control government. Ever-higher taxes and ever-deteriorating services and infrastructure.
Inability to win wars against tribal, sub-Third-World foes. And so on and drearily on. Conservatives spend at least several hundred million dollars a year on think-tanks, magazines, conferences, fellowships, and such, complaining about this, that, the other, and everything.
And yet these same conservatives are, at root, keepers of the status quo. Oh, sure, they want some things to change.
They want their pet ideas adopted—tax deductions for having more babies and the like. Many of them are even good ideas.
But are any of them truly fundamental? Do they get to the heart of our problems? A recent article by Matthew Continetti may be taken as representative—indeed, almost written for the purpose of illustrating the point. What does Continetti propose to do about it? Decentralization and federalism are all well and good, and as a conservative, I endorse them both without reservation.
But how are they going to save, or even meaningfully improve, the America that Continetti describes? What can they do against a tidal wave of dysfunction, immorality, and corruption? A step has been skipped in there somewhere. Wishing for a tautology to enact itself is not a strategy. But the phrases that Continetti quotes are taken from Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, both of whom, like Continetti, are vociferously—one might even say fanatically—anti-Trump.The United States has always had an outsize sense of its ability to determine China’s course.
Again and again, its ambitions have come up short. After World War II, George Marshall, the U.S. special envoy to China, hoped to broker a peace between the Nationalists and Communists in the Chinese Civil War. During the Korean War, the Truman administration thought it could dissuade.
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