The Global Challenge

The Obama economic record: the worst five years since World War II

August 20, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Law

Editor’s note: This article first appeared The Daily Caller.

In spite of the claims by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors regarding his administration’s economic accomplishments, the U.S. economy has grown very slowly in the years since the Great Recession … More>

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The Strategic Imperative of ISIS: Deal with it Now or Die by it Later

August 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, … More>

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Airstrikes, Sure; but What About a Strategy in Iraq?

August 12, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The New York Times.

It has been a tragically spectacular year for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has taken control of numerous towns in Iraq and Syria, seized … More>

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AUDIO – V&V Executive Director on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America”

August 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—joined bestselling author, commentator, talk show host, and President Reagan’s secretary of education—Dr. Bill Bennett—on … More>

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The Great War at 100: Revisiting The Guns Of August

August 1, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that “proved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,” according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial “The Guns of August.” The … More>

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KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

July 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian flight 17 is strikingly similar to the shock of September 1, 1983, when the Russians … More>

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President Obama’s Environmental Purity Agency

July 10, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, The Law

The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade More>

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WWI and the Second Fall of Man

June 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On June 28, 1914, a Bosnian-Serb student named Gavrilo Princip killed Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the duchess. It was the shot-heard-round-the-world, unleashing a series of events that by August 1914 embroiled Europe in war. That deadly summer … More>

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Ronald Reagan’s core principles and what they may look like today: Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

June 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this Q&A was first published in the Values & Capitalism Blog of the American Enterprise Institute.

V&C:  How did you decide upon these 11 qualities to encapsulate what it means to be a … More>

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As Putin’s confidence grows, Cold War concerns gain credibility

June 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Concerns about reigniting a Cold War gain credibility as Russian President Putin continues his militarism in Ukraine and draws his country into the ongoing crisis in Egypt. Thus, it is time to … More>

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AUDIO – V&V executive director guest hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show

June 2, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Law

In case you missed it, this past weekend, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—filled in as guest host of the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio program.  During the show, … More>

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A nuclear 1914? Rising stakes in Ukraine and America

May 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at FoxNews.com.

Unrest continues to grow in Ukraine, particularly in light of Sunday’s vote by two eastern regions that overwhelmingly passed a referendum in favor of self-rule.

Government buildings continue to fall to Russian … More>

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Your trash, my spring yard work

April 28, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Law

After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The daffodils were … More>

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TheBlaze Q&A: An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor

April 23, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: A longer version of this Q&A first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

What do you most hope that readers take away from your book?

Kengor: I want Republicans and conservatives to understand the difference between conservatism, libertarianism, and progressivism. As … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Faith, Family & Federated

April 21, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

What’s it like to manage $350 billion, including a quarter-trillion in money market funds that countless people depend upon on a daily basis … especially during a financial crisis? It’s a huge responsibility that requires a high degree of financial … More>

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The left’s evolving hierarchy of rights

April 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion. Last week, the Supreme Court heard a More>

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Recent presidents and religious liberty

April 2, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law, The Path to Freedom

American presidents have played a major role in fostering religious liberty at home and abroad. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison strongly supported the separation of church and state and freedom of worship. Washington used his enormous influence … More>

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Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Three) – “Will the First Amendment Protect the Religious Liberty of Businesses? The Cases of Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby Stores”

March 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Law

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a wood cabinets business located in Lancaster County, Pa. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and the voting shares are owned by members of a single family—the Hahns. They are Mennonite Christians. Conestoga … More>

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President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

March 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Recently, President Obama announced the creation of a new program to help Latino and African-American males. Not surprisingly, he called this initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.” During his presidency, Obama has used this biblical phrase more than 60 times to support … More>

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The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines 370: It’s time for U.S. intelligence to take over

March 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

The disappearance of a Boeing 777 airliner with 239 people on board has ignited speculation ranging from catastrophic malfunction to hijacking. That the United States, a global power with the intelligence assets to solve this mystery, has decided to keep … More>

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AUDIO – Ukraine and Russia: Insights from a Cold War Hero

March 11, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In case you missed it, this past weekend Roger Robinson was a guest on “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” to discuss the recent events in Ukraine and Russia. Robinson was one of our fascinating guests at the recent Eighth Annual … More>

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Restructuring the Department of Defense: Fiscal responsibility and strategy, too?

March 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the 2015 Department of Defense budget. Hagel’s budget proposes cuts to the number of personnel on active duty in the Army as well as the elimination of certain weapons systems. Unfortunately, criticisms of the … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – C-SPAN BOOK-TV – 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

March 5, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On February 21, 2014, Dr. Paul Kengor, political science professor at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke before a sold-out audience at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. The event … More>

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Ronald Reagan on Religious Tolerance

February 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Spectator.

February is the month that we recognize our presidents. It has also become the month that Republicans remember Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s birthday is February 6, the forerunner to … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Get a job! College students and career services offices in today’s tough job market

February 10, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Dr. James Thrasher, a fellow for vocational calling, responds to a Wall Street Journal article about the tough job market for college students as the cost of a college degree is on the rise — He gives some great insights … More>

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Climate change deliberation: Taking Occam’s razor to proxy data

February 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

It is quite often the case that the simplest explanation is the correct explanation.  The namesake for this principle comes from the English philosopher and theologian, Franciscan friar William of Ockham. It is called Occam’s razor.  From various sources, Occam’s … More>

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Unequal distribution of economic freedom: Why so many poor can’t improve their lot

January 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

While the church and Christian moralists have always spoken about the rich and the poor, and condemned those who put wealth, or anything else, above eternal life, it … More>

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AUDIO – Dr. James Thrasher on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with host Terry Lowry

January 17, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

In case you missed it, Dr. James Thrasher, director of Grove City College’s career services office and the coordinator of the Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, was a guest on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Am I subsidizing my roommate’s tuition?

January 13, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Most students and parents aren’t aware that many students are paying for their classmates’ tuition. The Wall Street Journal exposed this exploding practice that’s hitting some students hard in a January 9, 2014 article titled “More Students Subsidize Classmates’ Tuition.” … More>

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Pope Francis and the economists

December 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The recent economic statements by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG) read as a call for a “Third Way” economic system ruled by experts and people of good will. … More>

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President John F. Kennedy’s national security legacy

November 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Between January 1961 and Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy fundamentally changed U.S. national security policy. These changes resulted in structures and doctrines that enabled American forces to fight in Vietnam in a new way that ultimately defined Kennedy’s … More>

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Department of Defense’s death spiral

November 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

“Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the United States was too strong.”  

Ronald Reagan

The American armed forces are in a death spiral. The potential danger far exceeds the health insurance debacle occurring … More>

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A judgment on intelligence

November 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Thinker.

Despite everything you’ve gleaned from spy novels and movies, the most important raw material for a successful intelligence service isn’t information; it’s judgment.  If you don’t know what information is worth … More>

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“Average Is Over”-rated: Comments on Tyler Cowen’s doom-and-gloom scenario

October 18, 2013 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Years ago, I thought that if I ever attempted to write a novel, I would describe a future dystopia in which the ruling elite were those who made and understood computers and … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK: The man who predicted the Yom Kippur War

October 4, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This “V&V Q&A” first appeared in October 2008, published by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. It was reprinted by many media outlets.

On Oct. 6, 1973, the Egyptian army pulled off a … More>

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Think tanks measure global economic freedom … the U.S. declines

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com under the title, “Why does the U.S. economy sag? Look no further than the number 17.”

The significant efforts in recent years to measure economic freedom did not come from universities.  They … More>

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The path to prosperity or bankruptcy? Staggering facts on America’s rising debt

September 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Once again there is panic running through the halls of Congress, the Oval Office and in the chattering classes that make up mainstream media over the prospect of shutting down the federal government. Most of the panic is a result … More>

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Tax cuts and deficits: Fact vs. fiction

September 24, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

In my previous column, I underscored the 1920s lessons that President Obama and fellow “progressives” need to learn. These include the value of tax cuts — lessons that the president … More>

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The progressive crusade against tax cuts

September 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

There’s an ongoing effort by President Obama and fellow “progressives” not only to continue to blame George W. Bush for every economic woe facing America — even as every economic … More>

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Immigration reform would make sense if new immigrants were not eligible for welfare benefits

September 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

The U.S. House and Senate are considering an immigration reform bill. Critics of the legislation say that it will not do enough to secure our borders and that it grants amnesty to illegal immigrants. The bigger issue, which has been … More>

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Memo to Washington: Economic growth is easy

September 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: Forbes.com editor John Tamny, author of the below opinion editorial which first appeared at Forbes.com, will be speaking at Grove City College on Sept. 24 on the subject “How Government is Hurting the Job Market for College More>

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Reflections on Benghazi

September 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

On Sept. 11, most of us will take time to reflect upon and remember the events of 9/11. Some of us will also take time to remember the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya. … More>

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Camelot and the Syrian crisis

September 3, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Camelot. During its tenure, President John F. Kennedy’s administration set national security precedents that have influenced the way Washington has approached military commitments to the present day.

For instance, … More>

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Egypt confronts modernity – Q&A with Herbert Meyer

July 9, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In light of the turmoil in Egypt, The Center for Vision & Values contacted its longtime friend Herb Meyer. Mr. Meyer was special assistant to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Reagan administration. He also served as … More>

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V&V Flashback—Remembering the Significance of D-Day

June 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This piece first ran on our site on May 30, 2012.

At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 “Dakota” aircraft, … More>

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Remembering D-Day with Ike and Reagan

June 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This piece first appeared at The American Spectator on June 6, 2011.

For me, Memorial Day happens twice within a week. The first, the official holiday at the end of May, is quickly reinforced a week later, every … More>

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Dropping the Benghazi ball

May 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In the 1990s, the U.S. Air Force’s self-descriptor for its capabilities was “Global Reach, Global Power.”  On September 11, 2012, as Americans were being attacked and killed in the Middle East, the global reach of air power was confined to … More>

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Remembering Cold Warrior Herb Romerstein

May 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The American Spectator.

Every human life is special, unique, unrepeatable — to borrow from Pope John Paul II. Every loss of life is a loss. Some losses, however, seem larger, leaving a void … More>

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Well Done, Lady Thatcher … The Passing of the Iron Lady

April 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87.

I’ve referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: Ronald More>

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Business, Entrepreneurship and a Vatican Think-Tank

April 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“Am I creating wealth, or am I engaging in rent-seeking behavior?” If this question would be asked during a course of business ethics at George Mason University (GMU), … More>

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MF Global and the Cypriot Banking Crisis

March 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

With MF Global (MFG) recently disclosing more details on its bankruptcy and liquidation, let’s quickly review the financial debacle that came to fruition under former New Jersey governor, former … More>

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Social Justice and Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

March 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he … More>

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Preserving Hugo Chavez

March 19, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

The gushing, almost angelic praise for Hugo Chavez by the left in America and around the world has been shocking to behold, but hardly surprising. I will not … More>

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From Aid to Enterprise: Intelligent Poverty Cures

March 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

We will always have the poor among us (Matthew 26:11), but over a billion living on less than $1 a day? It is natural for well-meaning individuals to work … More>

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The Power of Truth: Reagan’s “Evil Empire” Turns 30

March 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared as an Exclusive Special Report for American Spectator.

Today, Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech turns 30 years old. It stands as one of the most memorable orations of the last … More>

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Hugo Chavez: Faithful to Death

March 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

There’s an old joke from the Cold War. It went like this: Hardline East German communist Walter Ulbricht (who erected the Berlin Wall) died and went to hellMore>

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The Pentagon Budget as Political Football

February 28, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The Pentagon’s budget occupies center stage in the sequestration drama. Defense spending comprises approximately 18 percent of the 2013 federal budget, but accounts for 50 percent of federal … More>

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Immigration Reform: Considering the Guest Worker Program

February 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The Guardian.

Suddenly, everyone in Washington seems to agree on the need for immigration reform, and they may even agree on most of the details. That’s because nobody has … More>

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Crossing the Rubicon

February 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at RealClearMarkets.com.

The current global debt accumulations are unprecedented. In fact, it can be observed that at no time in the history of the human race, other than during periods of … More>

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Think Tanks: Masters of the Universe?

February 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

How do think tanks contribute to produce outcomes conducive to better public policy? Working for over three decades in this field, I developed a simple model based on complex … More>

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Thinking About Think Tanks: Which Are the Best?

February 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The history of the London exchange dates back to 1698. John Castaing, a pioneer of a Starbucks of sorts, started listing stock and commodity prices in his Jonathan’s Coffee-house. … More>

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On Russia’s Adoption Ban

January 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

Vladimir Putin has sparked international outcry by banning adoptions of Russian children by American families. His action immediately halted the departure of hundreds of Russian orphans … More>

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Economic Outlook for 2013: ZIRP, Zombies, and the Japanization of the American Economy

January 9, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

I recently indulged in some wistful, year-end nostalgia, but now that 2013 is underway, let’s turn our attention to a time more crucial to our well-being: the future … More>

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Human Freedom Matters

January 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“If it matters, measure it” is the motto of the Fraser Institute, the leading Canadian think tank, where I have been a trustee since 1991. More than a … More>

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Fleeing Socialism: French Actor Gérard Depardieu Wants His Freedom Back

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“I am leaving because you consider that success, creation, talent, anything different, must be punished.”

This quotation from French actor Gérard Depardieu comes from the letter he sent on … More>

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France: Is Anybody There? France’s Socialists Generate a New Class of Tax Exiles

December 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The fiscal frenzy that has seized French socialists is not only grinding France’s economy to a halt; it is also attacking the very foundations of French society by destroying … More>

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Welfareship: France’s Status Quo, America’s Future?

December 7, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obama’s domestic policies. There has been a surge in American citizens on welfare over the last four years, including a 50-percent increase … More>

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The Gaza Trap

November 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Even though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced an Israel-Gaza ceasefire, it’s apparent that Gaza still holds many traps for Israel.

For example, there’s the media trap. Hamas, like other Islamic terror groups, manipulates the Western media while toying … More>

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Intelligence and National Security Priorities

October 17, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

A generation ago, in the 1970s, the U.S. intelligence community possessed the technology to discern whether or not a U.S. consulate was under attack by terrorists or by rioters run amok. Moreover, no one in the community ever wanted … More>

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President Obama and the “Intelligence Brief” Scandal

October 10, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

The last few weeks have produced many intriguing political moments, but none as shocking as the revelation that President Obama has been absent from the vast majority of his daily intelligence briefings.

According to a study by the Government Accountability … More>

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Communism on Parade? High School Marches to Marx and Lenin

September 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at FoxNews.com.

“What do you think of this?” So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews radio. Starnes asked me for a comment on a shocking story: A … More>

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President Obama’s Munich Moment

September 21, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In September 1938 the British prime minister had a problem. The Third Reich’s psychopath-in-chief was scorching the airwaves in one of his trademark rants, this time about the supposed oppression of Germans living in Czechoslovakia. He threatened war unless Western … More>

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Obama’s Middle East Mess—Imagine If This Was George W. Bush

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively forFox News by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values.

Click here to read the article at FoxNews.com  »More>

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Carter vs. Obama: Two Gaffes of Historical Notice

September 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively for USA Today by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values.

Read the article at USA Today »More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — Dr. Paul Kengor & Judge Bill Clark in USA Today: On Libya Three Decades Ago

September 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Obama Should Remember Reagan’s Resolve

Editor’s note: A version of this piece was written exclusively for USA Today shortly after the Libyan revolution in early 2011. Judge Bill Clark was President Reagan’s deputy secretary of state in 1981 and national More>

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Egypt and Libya: Shades of 1979-80

September 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

In the last 24 hours, beginning with the 11th anniversary of 9/11, all hell has broken loose in the Middle East. Our diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya have been attacked, with the U.S. ambassador to Libya among those brutally … More>

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A More Immediate Threat

August 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On July 23, 2012, Syria—one of seven nations not to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention—admitted owning a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. A foreign ministry spokesman warned that Damascus would use these weapons against any force intervening in its … More>

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Remembering the Significance of VJ Day

August 8, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions—one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency. After beating his Democratic opponent in 1948 by a comfortable … More>

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On a Wing and a …

July 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an “alarming pattern of attacks on faith” in the U.S. Air Force. This was … More>

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The Euro Is a Frankenstein Currency

June 29, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

What do Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the architects of the euro currency have in common? Answer: They both created monsters.

The euro is not “money” any more than the … More>

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The Strategic Imperative of Security

June 25, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

In light of recent publicity about the U.S-British-Israeli cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, we might want to consider intelligence lessons from the past.

In the autumn of 1960, with the presidential race between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and … More>

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Cuba Backing Gay Marriage?

May 31, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

I was recently contacted by Ben Johnson of LifeSiteNews, who told me of a fascinating development. He informed me of a curious fan of President Obama’s advocacy of gay marriage: Mariela Castro, niece of ailing and aging Cuban tyrant, … More>

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The Flags at the Cemetery

May 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Like many Americans, Memorial Day never ceases to move me. Rivaled only by Christmas and Easter, it’s the most poignant time of the year for me, maybe because, like Christmas and Easter, it’s about life, death, and remembrance.

This Memorial … More>

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Reflections on the French Election

May 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The election of Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency of France epitomizes the sorry state of contemporary democracy. By that, I don’t mean to imply that the … More>

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Afghanization

May 4, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

President Barack Obama’s five-point plan for turning the war back to the Afghans is designed to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces and “forge a just and lasting peace.” What does the plan involve, and can it work?… More>

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Remember Victory-In-Europe Day

April 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

December 1941 is usually remembered by Americans as that fateful month when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War II. However, consider an alternate scenario: Adolf Hitler appears triumphantly before the Reichstag announcing the destruction … More>

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Lessons Not Learned From Vietnam

April 27, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

After the fall of Saigon on April 29, 1975, military and civilian strategists sought “lessons learned.” Many were tactical or technical, such as the operational effectiveness of precision-guided munitions and the continuing need for guns on jet fighters. At the … More>

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Team Obama: Tax Predators On The Prowl

April 19, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was written exclusively for Forbes by the Center’s fellow for economic and social policy.

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Obama, the Russians, and Missile Defense: Historical Parallels

March 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

President Obama has caused quite a stir with a private comment made to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. In discussing missile defense, Obama suggested he would be prepared to yield to Russian demands after the November election. “This is my last … More>

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Bumper Sticker History: Remembering Some Truly Audacious Military Operations

March 26, 2012 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

On March 19, speaking at a Morris Township, New Jersey Democratic Party fundraiser, Vice President Joe Biden provided what may be the mother of all election year bumper stickers when he asserted, “Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors … More>

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Viral Video and International Justice

March 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Persuaders

Can a viral video on the internet bring the world’s most wanted criminal to justice? This question is at the core of a video viewed more than 77 million times during the last week.

Who is this most wanted … More>

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Iran: Israel’s Options

March 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union. The plan involved 55 B-52 bombers hitting 80 targets to degrade Soviet Long Range Air Force … More>

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Sorry Mess: Presidential Apologies and Pardons

March 1, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, following the burning of copies of the Koran … More>

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Strategic Abdication

February 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

From Damascus to Tehran, a test for world leadership is underway. Daily, the Syrian military—well-armed, highly trained thugs whose current mission is to keep dictator Bashar Assad in power—kills up to 200 or more of its own citizens. Protests from … More>

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Preparing the Military for Future Threats

January 26, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

With breaking news of a U.S. Navy SEAL team successfully rescuing two hostages from pirates in Somalia, military pundits are quick to note how the deployment of small, elite units will fit in with President Barack Obama’s vision for More>

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Military Modernization: Back to the Future

January 18, 2012 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

President Barack Obama’s vision for modernizing the U.S. military is little more than an exercise in “back to the future.”

Consider: Back in 2001, the armed forces were nearly a decade into positing what 21st-century warfare would entail. These considerations … More>

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A Kim-Less Christmas

January 5, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at American Thinker.

This past Christmas, the people of North Korea were without their messiah. That is, their self-anointed messiah.

For a sense of just how bad was Kim Jong-Il, I … More>

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Remembering the Battlers of the Bulge

January 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

On December 16, 1944, the men of Lieutenant Lyle Bouck’s platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes punctuating the darkness like a volley of fireballs hurled … More>

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China’s “Superior” Economic Model?

December 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal, Andy Stern, an Obama insider and one of organized labor’s more aggressive personalities, praised what he called “China’s superior economic model.”

Does China have a superior economic model? That depends: Superior … More>

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director on “Thinking in Public” with Albert Mohler

December 4, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On December 4, the Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, discussed Christianity and the Cold War on “Thinking in Public” with Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. … More>

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Corporate Social Responsibility: New EU Strategy Threatens U.S. and European Companies

November 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was co-authored for the Heritage Foundation by the chair of the business department at Grove City College and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values.

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Iran: How to Lose

November 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Once again, tensions between Iran and the international community are on the rise as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, released a new report that warns of concealed attempts by Iran to produce an atomic bomb. … More>

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Two Septembers: When Wall Street Erupted

November 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in today’s issue of USA Today.

As the indignation of the Wall Street Occupiers spreads across the nation, it is time to step back and consider the broader historical perspective. … More>

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Short-Lived Euphoria in Europe

November 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, was a giddy day for European politicians and global investors. European Union officials announced a plan for addressing the EU’s worst financial problems. There would be a partial write-down of Greek sovereign debt—a 50 percent haircut … More>

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The Judge vs. the Dictator: Bill Clark Survives Moammar Kaddafi

October 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for CatholicVote.org.

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A Rhetoric of Distanciation: Sinn Féin’s Reaction on the Death of Gaddafi

October 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Persuaders

When the world learned of the capture and subsequent death of Muammar Gaddafi on Oct. 20, 2011, academics and pundits and political leaders looked to official responses before framing their own. The United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and … More>

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Death of a Bad Dude: Kaddafi’s Removal, 30 Years Late?

October 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

In the 1980s, I was an unrefined adolescent from blue-collar Butler, Pennsylvania. I knew nothing and cared nothing about politics. I had no idea if I was a conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, or much of anything else. But … More>

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The Need to Restructure the DoD: Part III

August 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article is Part III in a series. Click here to read Part I & Part II.

Armed forces, and the way they fight, reflect national cultures. That means that the United States will have the kind … More>

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The Need to Restructure the DoD: Part II

August 10, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article is Part II in a series. Click here to read Part I & Part III.

The U.S. Department of Defense must restructure to accommodate deep budget cuts and, more importantly, be ready for the challenges … More>

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The Need to Restructure the DoD: Part I

August 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article is Part I in a series. Click here to read Part II & Part III.

In 1914, on the eve of the Great War, the Duke of Cambridge wrote, “There is a time for all … More>

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The Secret Memo That Predicted the Soviet Collapse

July 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review Online.

It was 20 years ago this summer that the final disintegration of the Soviet Union rapidly unfolded. In June 1991, Boris Yeltsin was freely elected president of the Russian Republic, … More>

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Thoughts From Israel

July 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, Uncategorized

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Persist for Airport Freedom

June 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

A “Woman Screams for Help After TSA Molestation,” and the “Texas Pat Down Ban May Be Back.” Those are just two of the headlines breaking around the nation this morning, as summer travel picks up—and so do concerns over excessive … More>

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Where Have All the Cold Warriors Gone?

June 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

It was 24 years ago, in June 1987, that Ronald Reagan gave his famous speech calling on Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall.” In 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when the foundations that had … More>

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Obama vs. the Bushes: Comparing Costs and Coalitions from Libya to Iraq

April 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

The Libya situation is complicated. I envy no president stuck with the task. Among the complexities, the most daunting unknown is what’s behind the opposition. We would all like to see Moammar Gaddafi tossed to the ash-heap of history, but … More>

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Obama Should Channel Reagan on Libya

March 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for USA Today.

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Murders and Moral Bankruptcy: Where Have You Gone, Eyre Crowe?

March 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In January 1907, a German-born official in the British Foreign Office wrote a memorandum that since has been indelibly linked to his name for its incisive analysis and uncanny prescience. Eyre Crowe had good reason to scrutinize Germany’s foreign-policy initiatives. … More>

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When Winston Warned America: Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” at 65

March 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

It was 65 years ago, March 5, 1946, when Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri. It was a speech that rocked the world and changed history.

By then, Churchill was no longer British prime minister. He … More>

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Ronald Reagan: The Anti-Nixon/Kissinger

February 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

This February marks the birth centennial of Ronald Reagan. As a Reagan biographer, I’m often asked how Reagan was different from his predecessors, Republican and Democrat, and especially in the area of foreign policy. There were many ways, but here … More>

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Duped on North Korea

November 29, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

North Korea is not an easy issue. I’ve dealt with it since the early 1990s, beginning at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. I had few answers then, and I still have few today.

It also is not a … More>

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Will the Real Realists Please Stand Up?

October 29, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Barack Obama’s supporters have been trying to create a narrative around his foreign-policy doctrine for several years now, even before he was president. The goal has been simple: to preempt efforts to portray Obama as a naïve idealist … More>

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35 Years Ago: When Ford Snubbed Solzhenitsyn

September 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A lengthier version of this article first appeared in The American Spectator.

It was 35 years ago that the conservative movement found itself in a defining moral struggle not with the liberal Left but with the establishment … More>

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Newsflash: Stalin Liberates Normandy

July 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Call it another Twilight Zone moment; another ignominious contribution to the “you-can’t-make-this-up” category. First, Mao Tse-tung was honored by oblivious New Yorkers, with their Empire State Building aglow in red and yellow last October to commemorate the birth of Red More>

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Doctrinaire Libertarianism vs. American Sovereignty

July 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Recently, Bill O’Reilly interviewed John Stossel about the dangerous situation along Arizona’s porous border with Mexico. Stossel is probably my favorite reporter. I admire the way he demolishes popular myths, particularly economic myths. However, on the topic of how to … More>

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Whatever Happened to “General Betray Us?” The Path from Political Demon to Savior

June 28, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

I was in Washington last week, meaning I was able to observe, on-site and up close, the reaction to President Obama’s remarkable switch in leadership in Afghanistan from the bizarre General Stanley McChrystal to the excellent General David Petraeus. The … More>

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Colombia’s Presidential Election: Not “Too Close to Call” This Time

June 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The just-completed Colombian presidential election took place in two stages. The first round took place on May 30. There were multiple candidates. Since nobody received an outright majority, the top two vote-getters (Juan Manuel Santos at 47 percent and Antanas … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — The Forgotten Battle of World War II: Remembering the Aleutian Campaign

May 28, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by The Center for Vision & Values on November 6, 2009.

Every Memorial Day presents an opportunity to commemorate those who served in some faraway place long ago, many of whom paid that … More>

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One-Sided Arms Control

April 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

President Obama signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Prague on April 8—and did so to global accolades. It was the culmination of years of negotiations and a major triumph to finally achieve agreement with Moscow. Unfortunately, President … More>

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Latest “human-made-disaster” attack succeeds

March 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

History holds that during World War II the Army executed only one American soldier, Private Eddie Slovik. There was another, a footnote to history.

In 1944, B-24 Liberators taking off from a base in Italy began exploding when they “rotated,” … More>

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Strategic Misstep, Two-step, Setup or Prelude to Meltdown?

March 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

On Thursday, March 11, during Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel to herald the re-initiation of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Israel’s Interior Ministry announced the construction of 1,600 housing units in Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, an area Palestinians want to include … More>

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Gorbachev vs. the Evil Empire

March 10, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The media jumps at anniversaries of historical figures and events. For those of us who write about history, we, too, seize these opportunities to teach history, especially history Americans should know.

Here’s one such case: Can you believe it has … More>

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The Uncertain Trumpet and Systemic Failure

January 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In the mid-1960s, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Notre Dame’s Rocky Bleier. Unfortunately, Steeler management failed to protect the prized rookie with the paperwork necessary to take advantage of a myriad of available conscription-law loopholes, and Bleier ended up in Vietnam … More>

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Climategate, Copenhagen and Cap & Trade

January 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

2009 ended with a flurry of important events on the climate-change front.

In November, the Climategate scandal broke. An anonymous whistle-blower released over 1,000 e-mails from key scientists (both British and American) in the alarmist climate-change camp. The e-mails revealed … More>

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Deploying the Soldier-Entrepreneur

December 3, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan by mid-2010. The president chose to address the nation from the U.S. Military Academy in front of a large audience of West Point cadets.

While … More>

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Gold, Geopolitics, and the Carry Trade

October 19, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

The price of gold has recently spurted to a new all-time high in terms of U.S. dollars. I’m neither an expert nor a market timer, but let me offer a few perspectives on this event.

To most people, including gold … More>

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A Nuclear Japan?

September 21, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Sixty-four years ago this month, the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by the first and only wartime use of nuclear weapons. The death toll totaled approximately 200,000. The shock of the unprecedented destructiveness of the … More>

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On Kennedy, Andropov, and KAL 007

September 3, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Over the last week-and-a-half I’ve gotten an overwhelming number of inquiries relating to the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Why me? Because of my report back in 2006 of Kennedy’s confidential offer to Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov. That offer … More>

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Round Two on Bush and AIDS

August 28, 2009 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Last week I wrote about former President George W. Bush’s unprecedented work on behalf of the African AIDS epidemic. That $15 billion package, first proposed in January 2003, was entirely Bush’s doing, and has been ignored by the mainstream media … More>

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Iranian Aftermath: Can Obama Close the Deal?

July 20, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

On December 7, 1978, President Jimmy Carter was asked if he thought the Shah of Iran would survive the crisis that threatened to birth history’s first theocratic-terrorist … More>

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Upheaval in Honduras: A Defining Moment for the Obama Presidency

July 8, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Quick, what’s the capital of Honduras? Probably fewer than 10 percent of Americans could answer that question prior to the recent news that Honduran President Mel Zelaya was sent packing to Costa Rica by the Honduran military. While it’s too … More>

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Bush Unplugged—and Unappreciated

June 22, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: Attention readers, please check out Paul Kengor’s weekend exclusive from American Thinker, “‘Freedom Fighters’ and the American President.”

Last Wednesday evening, I witnessed a remarkable event, which is being misreported and misperceived—from the Drudge Report to the White … More>

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Interfaith Dialogue: Let’s Talk Persecution

June 2, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

President Barack Obama plans to call for an improved dialogue with Islam in his upcoming speech in Egypt. All faiths would benefit from greater understanding. Yet no conversation will be complete if it does not address Islam’s persecution … More>

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Limited Options for Dealing with North Korea

May 29, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s psychotic “Dear Leader,” specializes in “guerrilla diplomacy.” He backs it up with a half-dozen or so nuclear weapons squirreled away deep inside mountain storage facilities that cannot be reached by our bunker-buster bombs, and an … More>

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A Closer Look at the IPCC

May 22, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is widely regarded in the media as the ultimate authority on climate change. Created by two divisions of the United Nations, and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, its pronouncements are received … More>

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Crisis—What Crisis?

March 11, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

“Dear Iranians, your children have put the first indigenous satellite into orbit…. [T]he Islamic Republic of Iran has officially achieved a presence in space.”
—Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, February 3, 2009

If a tree falls in the forest, and the … More>

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Hugs and Kisses from Iran

February 23, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Arguably, the world’s leading apostle of hate is Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—few do the task better, especially toward Jews. On Dec. 12, 2006, at a two-day gathering of Holocaust deniers, Ahmadinejad pledged that “the Zionist regime [Israel] soon [will] be … More>

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Mission Accomplished?

January 23, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

“Deterrence is the art of producing in the mind of the enemy the fear to attack.”
— Dr. Merkwurdichliebe, 1964

“War kills men, and men deplore the loss; but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants and so saves society.”

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Operation Cast Lead: A Necessary, Just and Legal Response

January 7, 2009 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

As soon as Israeli air strikes began striking Hamas-controlled Gaza, many American church leaders started calling for an immediate ceasefire based solely on human suffering rather than the political realities of the situation. Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s ongoing effort to … More>

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Israeli Attacks on Hamas Justified

December 30, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The Hamas Charter proscribes peace with Israel. Ceasefires are possible only when advantageous to Hamas and always are temporary. Accordingly, as soon as the latest ceasefire expired, Hamas operatives fired a barrage of rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel. … More>

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The End Game

November 17, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

If you wanted to turn the United States of America into a socialist country, what strategy would you adopt? Joseph Stalin, the world’s top communist from 1924 to 1953, is reputed to have advocated the following strategy to William Z. … More>

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The Dominant Campaign Question

October 15, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

What issue(s) dominated the presidential campaign two months ago—foreign policy, taxes, health care? That seems like ancient history now. The one question that everyone wants Barack Obama and John McCain to answer now is: What will you do to fix … More>

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Why November 2008 Looks Like March 1936

October 9, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Near the conclusion of Tuesday night’s second presidential “town-hall” style debate, a questioner from the audience asked each candidate what he would do if Iran attacked Israel. Both candidates gave somewhat vague replies, focusing on the traditionally close relationship between … More>

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Message to Obama: We Were Greeted as Liberators

October 8, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

A casualty of the left’s hatred for President George W. Bush has been a destructive inability to separate fact from fiction in the ongoing history of the war in Iraq. The latest case, which, sadly, has dug its way into … More>

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V&V Q&A: The Man Who Predicted the Yom Kippur War

October 3, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhereMore>

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Foreign Policy and the Veep

September 8, 2008 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

In an unexpected, frightening moment in April 1945, Vice President Harry Truman got the news: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was dead.

For many Americans who suffered through the Great Depression and World War II, FDR was more than a president; … More>

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Obamacalypse Now: A Tale of Two Journeys

August 30, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Senator Obama’s pre-emptive election victory tour through Europe has inspired a variety of comparisons, ranging from General Eisenhower’s post-war ticker-tape procession in New York City to Bill and Ted’s excellent adventures through time. Another analogy, one not cited yet (to … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Crisis in Georgia with Herb Meyer

August 13, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Clinton Administration to Obama: Iraq Greater Terror Threat Than Afghanistan

July 17, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

On Tuesday, Barack Obama gave an address on the Iraq War. It was a bizarre speech, as if it had been written two years ago—when it would have made more sense. Liberals ought to hate the speech. It will make … More>

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Dealing with North Korea: Nukes Versus Human Rights?

July 11, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

After refusing to talk to Pyongyang for years, the Bush administration chose “appeasement”—as its own officials often deride negotiations. So far the administration’s bet has paid off, but critics contend that the United States has sacrificed human rights … More>

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Victims of Their Own Making

May 21, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

As Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary, there are voices raised accusing Israel of victimizing the Palestinian Arabs and “running them out” of the Jewish state. Ironically, some 1,300,000 Arab-Israeli citizens live and work in Israel. They worship freely in mosques … More>

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Colombia and Democracy Under Siege

April 29, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

These are tough times for Colombia. The international left has the pro-American South American democracy in its crosshairs. Why? Because Colombia recently committed what leftists consider the cardinal sin—not only daring to resist leftists, but actually scoring a significant victory … More>

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Why the Christian Left is Down on Israel

April 23, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Within the mainline Protestant denominations there are a number of initiatives inimical to the well-being of the nation of Israel, including a divestment initiative to be considered at the annual conference of the United Methodist Church (this month) and a … More>

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V&V Q&A: On the Zimmerman Affair

April 18, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Middle East & Terrorism

April 16, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

According to recent intelligence reports, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) killed 40 Hamas terrorists in Gaza this past December without inflicting a single civilian casualty. In fact, over the past five years collateral damage and civilian casualties caused by Israeli … More>

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Expanding NATO, Diminishing Security

April 11, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

The recent NATO summit convened with Georgia and Ukraine lobbying the alliance to continue its steady eastern march. But this process is undermining, not improving, U.S. security.

Countries that have been variously occupied, partitioned and dominated prefer not … More>

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The Kremlin’s Really Bad Month: March 1983

March 12, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the American Thinker.

It was 25 years ago this month, March 1983, that the Soviet Union went into hysterics, both realizing and arguably beginning the terminal phase in its deadly life cycle.… More>

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The United States as Global Citizen

March 3, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Many Americans wonder why the United States isn’t more popular on the global stage. Why are our relations with allied countries often lukewarm, at best? After all, we saved the world from fascism in World War II and communism in … More>

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Independence for Kosovo, War in the Balkans?

February 22, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Kosovo has declared independence from Serbia, with American support. The process is likely to be both divisive and destabilizing.

The United States has no intrinsic interest in Kosovo’s status. The best position would be one of neutrality.

Unfortunately, … More>

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Confronting Chinese History

February 1, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Mao Zedong became the symbol of China’s communist revolution: leading the famed Long March, proclaiming the new People’s Republic of China (PRC), meeting Richard Nixon to open a dialogue between the PRC and America—and killing tens of millions … More>

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Should the Senate Ratify the U.N. Sea Treaty?

January 28, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

There has been vigorous debate about whether the U.S. Senate should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST by its critics). The treaty has … More>

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Casualties of War: The Untold Story

January 9, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

According to recent intelligence reports, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) killed 40 Hamas terrorists in Gaza this past December without inflicting a single civilian casualty. In fact, over the past five years collateral damage and civilian casualties caused by Israeli … More>

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Creating Crisis: Another War in the Balkans?

January 7, 2008 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

The Bush administration has badly botched U.S. foreign policy. But the administration isn’t finished: Another potential crisis looms in Kosovo.

The latest negotiating round over Kosovo’s final status has finished. The ethnic Albanians plan to declare independence from … More>

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Twenty Years Ago: A Giant Step Back from the Nuclear Precipice

December 28, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The media is so obsessed with anniversaries that it almost seems a news story when the media misses an anniversary. That appears to be the case as December 2007 drifts away with no fanfare for a significant series of events … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Paul Kengor on “The Judge” (Part I)

December 5, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: “We never armed Saddam,” explains former Reagan top official, William P. Clark. “And to my knowledge, we certainly did not give him anything like WMD technology, or assist him in developing WMD.” The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication More>

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Russia’s New October

December 3, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

“One man with one gun can control one hundred without one,” Lenin once said. The man who gave birth to Soviet Russia believed that strength is first and foremost a means of control, not of war. Exactly 90 years after … More>

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Pro-American in Paris: Sarkozy’s Message to Congress

November 21, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

“The United States and France are two nations that remain true to the same ideal, that defend the same principles, that believe in the same values.” At last! French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed France’s commitment to its powerful ally on … More>

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China’s Future Path: Trust or Fear its People

November 13, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

The Beijing Olympics are less than a year away. While China’s extensive construction program is well underway, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is retreating from its promise to the International Olympic Committee to improve human rights.

The … More>

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Miscellaneous Thoughts on Illegal Immigration

October 17, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Illegal immigration is one of our country’s most divisive, intractable issues. The Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986 was supposed to solve it, but illegal immigration has continued to increase. This year’s attempt to craft comprehensive immigration reform legislation blew up in … More>

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Soft Treason

October 2, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The departure of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from free soil was no doubt accompanied by sighs of relief or expressions of regret, depending on one’s views about the wisdom of inviting to a university a man who has denied the Holocaust, threatened … More>

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Kick the Tires and Light the Fires

October 2, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Back in the early 1970s I served as an Air Force intelligence officer at Udorn Air Base in Thailand, home of the 432nd Tactical Fighter Reconnaissance Wing. Most of the bombing in 1970 and 1971 focused on Laos, especially the … More>

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Anti-Semite? Saddam Outdid Ahmadinejad

September 26, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The U.S. visit of Iranian theocrat-despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has prompted some strange statements from critics of the war in Iraq. Specifically, it is confusing to hear that George W. Bush wrongly focused on removing Iraq’s Saddam Hussein when, say the … More>

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Low-Key Thailand’s High-Level Threat to Religious Liberty

September 5, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Thailand is a warm, welcoming society. A majority Buddhist nation, Thailand leaves religious minorities alone.

Yet Bangkok’s policy of religious tolerance is coming under pressure. The forces of Buddhist nationalism were active in the campaign over the new … More>

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China as Scapegoat

August 24, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Recently (“Exchange-Rate Politics,” July 23), I warned that U.S. senators were playing with fire by trying to strong-arm China into speeding up the rate at which the yuan strengthens vis-à-vis the dollar. On August 8, the Chinese responded. In dignified … More>

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A Reaganesque Speech for Our Time

August 3, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

If President Reagan were to give a speech today, what might he say? Perhaps something like the following. Let’s hear one more from the Gipper:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Let me begin by thanking you for your gracious welcome and for … More>

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The Good Old Days of Communism?

July 25, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

It is said that everything depends on one’s perspective. As one who was a dedicated anticommunist (after a youthful flirtation with socialism) I thought it would be an interesting exercise to make a case positing that the United States was … More>

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Iran in the Crosshairs?

July 18, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

“There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory … excepting a great defeat.”
—Sir Arthur Wellesley,
the Duke of Wellington

A lot has happened in the past two weeks to refocus attention on terrorism and the global war against … More>

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Life for Iraqi Christians: Better or Worse?

July 17, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

There is no question that Christians in Iraq are being targeted by Muslim extremists. The stickier question is whether their lives have worsened since the U.S. removal of Saddam Hussein. In finding an answer, one must make crucial distinctions between … More>

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The Painful Death of Iraq’s Christian Community

July 17, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Christian America may soon be the death of Iraqi Christians. Although Islam long has been in the ascendancy in Iraq, the so-called Assyrians, who speak a neo-Aramaic language, predate the rise of Islam. Today, however, the Iraqi Christian … More>

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America: “More Terrible” Than Stalin’s Russia?

June 28, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have a habit of making outrageous statements. In the latest, he compared Soviet atrocities under Stalin to American actions during wartime. “Yes, we had terrible pages [in our history],” Putin acknowledged, noting Stalin’s 1934-38 … More>

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Fidel’s Useful Idiots

June 18, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

“…learn what the new Cuba offers its people—and its neighbors. To its people, peace, democracy, prosperity. To its neighbors, friendship, and the cooperation of men who respect each other….”
—Daily Worker, December 13, 1959

Unfortunately I was standing, not sitting, … More>

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Avoiding the Iraq Hangover

June 11, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

After Saigon fell to a North Vietnamese onslaught on April 29, 1975, Americans experienced a “Vietnam hangover” lasting until the electorate emerged from its grogginess to elect Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980. If you have ever gotten “knee-crawlin’, … More>

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What Matters in Mexico

May 24, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

As conservatives continue to view Mexico through the three-dimensional lens of immigration, immigration, and immigration, they might want to widen their perspective to consider a human-rights atrocity that ought to outrage them as much as border fences.

While virtually no … More>

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Addressing the Chinese “Threat”

May 23, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Iraq is a tragic problem for the United States and its allies, but hopefully a temporary one. Thankfully the old U.S.S.R. is gone, no matter how hard Vladimir Putin might attempt to put it together again. But another … More>

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Reasons for Leaving Iraq

May 10, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

If you are reading this sentence, let me apologize for the somewhat misleading title of this article. I am not arguing for the withdrawal of our military from Iraq; rather, I am asserting that those making that argument owe it … More>

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Point of Collapse

April 11, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

American policy and the global war against al Qaeda, associated groups and nations that support them—Iran and Syria—are collapsing. Blame goes beyond liberal politicians intent on destroying the Bush administration, a pernicious press and the radical left who rule academe, … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Ralph Peters (Part I)

April 4, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Stopping Iran’s Quest for the Bomb

March 7, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

At the invitation of the Iraqi regime, the United States recently agreed to multi-lateral talks with Iran and Syria aimed at breaking the diplomatic impasse between Iran and the United Nations over Tehran’s nuclear program. Negotiation supporters point to recent … More>

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Putting One’s Soldiers Where One’s Mouth Is

February 19, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

The Australian government wants America to stick around in Iraq.  So do the Turkish and Egyptian governments.  Some Americans obviously agree with them on this particular issue, but there’s a larger point at stake. It’s easy for U.S. … More>

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V&V PAPER — Operation Change of Direction: Israel vs. Hezbollah in the summer of 2006

January 26, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, White Papers

Editor’s note: Dr. Earl Tilford is Professor of History at Grove City College. He enjoyed an extensive military career and after retiring from the U.S. Air Force, served as an associate professor of history at Troy State University in Montgomery More>

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Understanding Islamic Jihad’s Challenge to America

January 19, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Last fall I visited Dearborn, Mich., to attend a high school class reunion. I arrived early enough to drive around my old neighborhood. To my surprise, it had become almost totally an Arab population. Every business I passed displayed Arab-English … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with H.W. Crocker III

January 8, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is a monthly e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will  prove illuminating to readers More>

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“Peace in Our Time” with the Iraq Study Group

January 5, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Poor ISG!  While its members completed their parade across assorted political platforms during the last month of 2006, their pontifications died faster than a flock of houseflies on a sun-baked window ledge, and with about as much dignity.  It’s not … More>

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Losing Lives or Face: Time to Leave Iraq

January 5, 2007 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Saddam Hussein richly deserved his execution, but Iraq is no less a strategic disaster for America because of it.  It will be years, if not decades, until the world overcomes all of the consequences of George W. Bush’s … More>

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End of Shock and Awe

December 6, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

One of the most notable scenes in Rocky One followed Apollo Creed’s reaction to a lightning punch that sent him reeling to the canvas, his glazed eyes struggling to catch the number of the locomotive that just smashed into his … More>

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Iraq and the Ghosts of 1940

November 20, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

As bad news from Iraq  assaults viewers with machine gun bursts of gloom every day, predictions about consequences of an American defeat range from the deadly serious to the catastrophic. The elephant-in-the-living-room analogy of course is Vietnam, with its hideous … More>

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Road from North Korea Leads to Tehran

October 11, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The law of unintended consequences undoubtedly will be put on bold display over the course of the coming months, or most certainly over the next few years. The reason has to do with the likely ripple effects of North Korea’s … More>

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Apocalyptic Visions

October 11, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

“If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?”
I Corinthians 14:8

Five years ago 19 Islamist Jihadists murdered nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.  In carrying out their “martyrdom … More>

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Why the War on Terror Will Not be Won

October 6, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

For five months in 1945, 66 of Japan’s largest cities were laid waste by fleets of B29 Superfortresses, resulting in 8 million homeless and over 2 million casualties (killed and maimed). The commander who ordered this devastation was General Curtis … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Radwan Masmoudi

September 20, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Note to readers: With this issue, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College is launching an e-publication called the “V&V Q&A,” a monthly interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will  prove illuminating to More>

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Iran Hostage Crisis, Take 2

August 29, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary


Editor’s Note:
This article first appeared in the Los Angeles Times and has been reprinted with the author’s permission.  A. Yasmine Rassam is director of international policy at the Independent Women’s Forum. Rassam participated in the April
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The Clash of Civilizations WITHIN Islam: The Struggle over the Qur’an between Muslim Democrats and Theocrats

August 18, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, White Papers

Editor’s note: Joseph N. Kickasola, PhD, is professor of International policy at Regent University (VA), with a joint appointment in the schools of Law, Government, and Divinity. A version of this 38-page paper on the clash within Islam, especially its More>

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WANTED: A Petition to Support Muslim Democrats

August 8, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

A few Jewish organizations, and several Christian radio and television broadcasts, are calling for thousands of their own sympathizers to sign its “Petition to Support Israel.” I share their call for the support of Israel’s democracy, especially at this time … More>

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Proportionality in Wars with Terrorists

August 1, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The scale of violence in warfare inevitably rises to meet the level of objectives. During World War II, Germany’s strategic objectives included dominating Eurasia from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and from the English Channel to the Urals along with … More>

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Sheep for the Slaughter: Christians and Jews in the Sights of Islamic Jihadists

July 14, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, White Papers

Editor’s note: Dr. Earl Tilford is Professor of History and Fellow for the Middle East & Terrorism with the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. He enjoyed an extensive military career and after retiring from the U.S. More>

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Why Terrorism? Because it Works

July 14, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

When Hamas terrorists tunneled from Gaza into southern Israel, killed two Israeli soldiers and abducted Corporal Galid Shalit, that probably put the nail in the coffin of any prospect for a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority. … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Michael Novak

June 19, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: Michael Novak is the George Frederick Jewett Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of several bestselling books. Novak participated in a recent conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College titled, More>

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Dinner with Paul Kengor: Reagan, Bush and the March of Freedom

May 31, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The following dinner lecture was delivered by Dr. Paul Kengor on the evening of April 6, 2006.
(Location: Pew Fine Arts Center – Pew Memorial Room)

Paul Kengor is the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Women in Iraq and Afghanistan Today

May 8, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: A. Yasmine Rassam is director of international policy at the Independent Women’s Forum. Rassam participated in the April 5-6, 2006 conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College titled, “Mr. Jefferson Goes More>

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A Duel to the Death

May 5, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

War is nothing but a duel on a larger scale. Countless duels go to make up war, but a picture of it as a whole can be formed by imagining a pair of wrestlers.  Each tries through physical force to More>

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Another Bush Critic

April 25, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: On April 5-6, 2006, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College hosted its second annual conference, titled, “Mr. Jefferson Goes to the Middle East: Democracy’s Prospects in the Arab World.”  A number of views were More>

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Religious Freedom in Afghanistan

March 27, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Sixteen years ago, while working with a Christian relief group in Peshawar, Pakistan, Abdul Rahman converted to Christianity. After spending nine years in Germany, he returned to Afghanistan in 2002. Now, in the middle of a dispute with … More>

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Dishonest Divestment

March 16, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In 2004, at its 216th General Assembly, the national governing body of the Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA), instructed its Mission Responsibility through Investment Committee to consider divesting stock in companies doing business with Israel. The 2.7 million member denomination did … More>

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Islamo-cartoon-ophobia: The Aftermath

March 2, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Karl Marx, taking his cue from Hegel, once commented that great historical events occur in two versions: first as tragedy and second as farce. Let’s parse the farce part first. Clearly, Nickelodeon should reconsider starting a new channel in Riyadh; … More>

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Is the Terrorist Anxiety Quotient Rising?

February 21, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

It appears that news items over the past few days have deepened concern among Americans about terrorist threats. Is this deepened concern justified? Consider the following news items and then decide whether they are cause for greater anxiety about safety … More>

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Eurabia or Bust

February 20, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Start the jeopardy music, Alex, here’s our question—EU for a thousand.  Okay, contestants, listen up!  How long will it take for Europe to become overwhelmingly Islamic?  A century?  A half-century?  A quarter century? Or, a quarter past three p.m. next … More>

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Flags for Books

February 14, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Flags R’ Us must be doing a brisk business these days, what with the pandemic of national banner burning sweeping across the Muslim world from Jeddah to Jakarta.Here’s a thought: maybe Scandinavians could borrow a page from McDonalds’ and blurt … More>

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Pow’r in the Blood

January 30, 2006 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In the early 1950s, when I was barely in grammar school, my father got religion like a case of the flu. And not just any religion. He caught the Chattanooga-Tennessee-Born-Again-Christ-Crucified-for-Sinners-Washed-in-the-Blood-of-the-Lamb faith flu. Every Sunday morning, Dad and Mom hauled me … More>

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Vindication for the Idiot-in-Chief: What’s His Secret?

December 16, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

When George W. Bush insisted that Iraqis, like Afghans before them, would go to the polls to elect their leaders, many of us were skeptical, and not unreasonably.

After all, the term “Muslim democracy” has seemed an oxymoron. Of all … More>

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Letters from the Front Lines: The Media and Iraq

November 9, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Editor’s Note: The following correspondence was sent to Dr. Paul Kengor–the executive director of the CVV–by Lt George Kipp, Baqubah, Iraq.

Sir, it has come to my attention, but not to my surprise, that recent incidents that occurred … More>

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Letters from the Front Lines: Iraq Election – Part I

October 27, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Editor’s Note: The following correspondence was sent to Dr. Paul Kengor–the executive director of the CVV–by Lt George Kipp, Baqubah, Iraq.

Sir, this was an article I wrote for an Iraqi paper a few days after the election.

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Letters from the Front Lines: Iraq Election – Part II

October 27, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Editor’s Note: The following correspondence was sent to Dr. Paul Kengor–the executive director of the CVV–by Lt George Kipp, Baqubah, Iraq.

Sir, the voting that took place on the 15th of October was the end goal of months … More>

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White House Names CVV Fellow to Army War College Board of Visitors

October 18, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The White House appointed Center for Vision & Values Fellow and Grove City College Professor of History Dr. Earl Tilford to the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors. The Board is equivalent to a board of trustees and meets … More>

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Strategy and Purposes of War

July 11, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Devising a strategy appropriate to the war at hand is fundamental to military success. Neither massive firepower nor effusions of heroically-shed blood will redeem a faulty strategy. The big question in the “Global War on Terror” must be, “Is U.S. … More>

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Three Weeks in a Progressive Swamp

June 16, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Through the first three weeks of May, the Rockridge Institute, a California-based politically progressive think tank, partnered with a coalition of religious organizations to host an online conference on “Values and Building a Movement.” After going to http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org, signing on … More>

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The Downing Street Dead End

June 14, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

For the American radical left the July 23, 2002 “Iraq: Prime Minister’s Meeting” memorandum, dubbed “The Downing Street Memo,” was the “smoking gun” that convicted President George W. Bush of manipulating intelligence to support his decision to go to war … More>

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Avoiding a D.O.D. Train Wreck

May 23, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

“There is a time for all things: there is even a time for change; and that is when it can no longer be resisted.”
– Duke of Cambridge, 1904

The howling started as soon as the Department of Defense released … More>

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Vietnam War Thirty Years in Retrospect

May 2, 2005 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Thirty years ago Friday, April 29, a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the walls of Saigon’s Presidential Palace to raise a Viet Cong flag over Ho Chi Minh City ending the twenty-year Republic of Vietnam and America’s longest war. This … More>

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Hard Realities in the War on Terror

December 21, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, White Papers

(Download the PDF white paper here.)

World War IV, the “Global War on Terror,” like World War II and World War III (the Cold War), is a struggle between competing worldviews which, like the Cold War, could last a long … More>

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“By Means and at Places of Our Own Choosing…”

December 2, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In January 1954, in a speech before the New York Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles articulated the essence of the Eisenhower administration’s national security policy. Dulles warned the Soviet Union and Communist China that future … More>

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Extraordinary Forgotten Report on Iraqi Terrorism

October 20, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The Bush administration’s twin pillars for going to war in Iraq were weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. Critics have seized upon the lack of WMD stockpiles as a means to de-legitimize the war. Yet, in their zealousness to discredit … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Extraordinary Forgotten Report on Iraqi Terrorism

October 20, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

The Bush administration’s twin pillars for going to war in Iraq were weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. Critics have seized upon the lack of WMD stockpiles as a means to de-legitimize the war. Yet, in their zealousness to discredit … More>

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There’s a War to be Won

September 7, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

President George W. Bush’s recent misstatement that the “War on Terror is unwinnable,” corrected by the President the next day on the Rush Limbaugh Show with an explanation that the war will not end with a surrender ceremony reminiscent of … More>

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Why Not Iran or North Korea?

August 11, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In his State of the Union Address on January 29, 2002, fourteen months before the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, President Bush posited an “Axis of Evil” between Iraq, Iran and North Korea.  While infiltration of Iranian Hezbollah fighters and … More>

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Bin Laden’s Manifesto for Americans

August 3, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

American leaders, including United States Senators, who are supposed to be knowledgeable about foreign affairs, need to be more candid with the American public about Islamic terrorists’ goals and aspirations. The plain fact is that Islamic terrorists are out to … More>

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Post-Modern Terrorism

June 24, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

World War IV is total war on a global scale. While numerous nations are arrayed against a myriad of terrorist organizations, the United States is at war with al Qaeda, a terrorist network that traces its origins to the Soviet … More>

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Iran and World War IV

June 19, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The word “crusade” long ago became anathema to the politically correct.Nevertheless, America’s most successful wars were crusades fought against demonstrably evil foes to right blatant wrongs. The American Civil War, World Wars I and II and the Cold War (World … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: The Theater of Terror

June 16, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

At this writing, American contractor Paul Marshal Johnson may face a gruesome death at the hands of his al-Qaeda captors. The image of a blindfolded Johnson accompanied by a message demanding the release of terrorists in Saudi custody, seen around … More>

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The Theater of Terror

June 16, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

At this writing, American contractor Paul Marshal Johnson may face a gruesome death at the hands of his al-Qaeda captors. The image of a blindfolded Johnson accompanied by a message demanding the release of terrorists in Saudi custody, seen around … More>

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Pornographic Scholarship and the War on Terror

May 13, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

At the 1991 annual convention of the American Popular Cultural Association, an event best described as “the Gong Show of American Academia,” I presented a paper on the air war in Vietnam. On the panel before ours, a professor from … More>

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Do You Know What You Believe?

March 21, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In October 1999, I spoke in Abu Dhabi at a conference on the 21st century sponsored by the United Arab Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. The audience was composed almost entirely of Moslems; soldiers, scholars, imams and government … More>

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‘Happy Talk’

January 26, 2004 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Chief Weapons Inspector David Kay’s resignation and announcement that, in all likelihood, Iraq did not have a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program at the time the U.S.-led war began is bad news for the Bush administration. Like a pack … More>

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Saddam, Kaddafi, Kim and the Post-9/11 World

December 23, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

It would seem difficult to find a negative in the capture of Saddam Hussein. Yet, a number of commentators argue that Saddam’s capture, and particularly his disheveled, pathetic appearance at the hands of his captors—he looked like a wino who … More>

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Beirut and the 20-Year War

October 23, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

More than two years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, America’s sense of security was shattered by brutal terrorist attacks. The Bush administration responded with a War on Terror. As a result, if you ask the typical American when the War … More>

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The Rumsfeld Memo Demonstrates a Defense Quandary

October 23, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

More than two years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, America’s sense of security was shattered by brutal terrorist attacks. The Bush administration responded with a War on Terror. As a result, if you ask the typical American when the War … More>

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Gephardt’s Gaffe

July 29, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Amid the several contortions in logic apparent in presidential candidate Representative Dick Gephardt’s (D-Missouri) July 22 presentation to the San Francisco Bar Association was the contention that the operational and tactical successes achieved by American forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom … More>

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Saigon to Baghdad: Reasoning by Historical Analogy

July 11, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

For over thirty years the American left raised the specter of Vietnam to oppose US military interventions from Central America to the Balkans to Afghanistan and, most recently, Iraq. Reasoning by historical analogy can be dangerous, as the Munich analogies … More>

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Greens AWOL on Iraq: Why the Silence on the Marsh Arabs?

June 24, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the National Review Online and was reprinted in its entirety by the United Nations Environment Programme.

A few months ago, prior to the liberation of Iraq, we ran a piece on Saddam Hussein’s … More>

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Freedom: It’s Worth a Fight

April 14, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Operation Iraqi Freedom is indeed remarkable. In a little over three weeks American and British forces liberated Iraq from a despotic and murderous dictator. Iraqis and Kurds are celebrating their new-found freedom from fear and tyranny by dancing in the … More>

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April 9 — A Day for Iraqis and a Day for Bush

April 9, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The date is now historic for the people of Iraq, and possibly for the Middle East generally, especially if freedom and democracy take root and spread elsewhere in the region — a big “if” that only time will tell.

We … More>

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Saddam’s Racism: Where’s the American Left?

April 1, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Three whom God should not have created: Persians, Jews, and flies.
— Hussein family proverb

The slogans of the antiwar movement are by now quite familiar: No blood for oil. Wage peace, not war. Drop Bush not bombs. It is … More>

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The Saddam/Al-Qaeda Connection

March 19, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

With an American-led invasion of Iraq now imminent, and maybe even underway by the time this article goes to print, we continue to hear the claim that there is no proof of a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. The … More>

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Stalin’s Evil Empire: A Former Soviet Citizen Remembers

March 5, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union from the 1920s to the early 1950s. Historians will judge it an appropriate … More>

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Saddam’s Unnoticed Genocide

February 5, 2003 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In his presentation to the United Nations this morning, Secretary of State Colin Powell cited an expected list of Iraqi crimes. Among them, he made reference to a group called the Ma’dan, or Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq. Sadly, most … More>

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Missing the Soviet Union?

September 20, 2002 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

It was the late 1980s in America. The Soviet empire was approaching the ash-heap of history. Not only were communists taking it on the chin but so were some of their Cold Warrior adversaries in the United States. It was … More>

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Children of 9/11

September 8, 2002 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The scene was my parents’ house on Fourth of July weekend. It was 10 months after Sept. 11. The tragedy was still on the minds of many, particularly during this time of patriotic reflection. Apparently, it was on the minds … More>

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Camelot, Clausewitz or Clinton?

August 5, 2002 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

When President John F. Kennedy pledged in his inaugural address to “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty,” he unknowingly turned Carl von Clausewitz … More>

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VISION & VALUES: Comparing Civilizations: A Politically Incorrect Analysis

July 1, 2002 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, Vision & Values Mailings

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following lecture was presented at Grove City College on March 7, 2002.

Introduction
My politically incorrect analysis begins with some reminiscences. I followed world developments after the terrorist attack on America from Helsinki, the capital of Finland, … More>

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