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Obama: Bordering On Disaster

Thursday, July 3, 2014  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

By Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy

Since the 1648 Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years’ War, the conception of “Westphalian
sovereignty” has been understood to mean that individual nation states control the sovereignty of their
borders, without meddling by neighbor states, and that separate states stand on some degree of equal
footing by respecting each other’s borders. For over 350 years, the system more or less worked, as
endless wars have been fought to maintain borders and re-establish borders compromised by
aggressors, e.g. the Sudetenland in World War 2. Continue Reading

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Victor Davis Hanson’s Assessment of America And The World Today Under Obama’s Policies

Thursday, July 3, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

HH: Joined now by Victor Davis Hanson, of course of Fresno, California, but also an historian, classicist extraordinaire. All of his material published at Victor, welcome back, and a happy preemptive 4th of July to you.

VDH: Same to you, Hugh. Thanks for having me.

HH: Now yesterday, I spoke with John Fisher Burns in Sarajevo, where he had gone to write a hundred years plus five on the century anniversary of the beginning of World War I, or at least the events leading to that, the assassination of the Archduke. Do you think we’re in a similar precarious moment right now?

VDH: Well, I think we’re in a period of total chaos in the Middle East, but all of the post-war order that we created after World War II is up for grabs, too, because the weakness and isolationism that prompted this Middle East turmoil, at least in part, is being detected by China vis-à-vis South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, and the same thing with Russia and the former Soviet Union in Eastern Europe, same thing with Iran vis-à-vis Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan. So yeah, I think that we’re on the cusp of something that could be pretty traumatic.

HH: This is like taking down the weight-bearing wall in a house.

VDH: That’s what it is. That’s exactly what it is. It’s sort of the United States was on the tiger, and it was a pretty dangerous ride, but as long as we were on it, it didn’t hurt anybody. And we got off, and we don’t know where that tiger is going to go or when or why or how. Continue Reading


Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon Calling For Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Indefinitely

Thursday, July 3, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

HH: Joined now by Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. You can follow him @MichaelEOhanlon on Twitter. Michael, welcome, tensions, of course, in Jerusalem at a boiling point this afternoon, lots of clashes with police, a killing of a young Arab youth some suspect to be a revenge killing. There’s no conclusive pointing to that, yet. It could have been all sorts of different things. But if it is that, it’s going to get really rough before it gets better. This could spiral, do you think?

MO’H: Yeah, it always can, Hugh, and that’s why I think, you know, people will say well, how can they possibly make peace when they’re doing these sorts of things to each other, and especially when the three Israeli teenagers were brutally murdered in recent days. But of course, this is also exactly the reason why you do need a peace treaty. It doesn’t mean everybody’s going to love each other, but it means that you start from a basis where the security forces of the two sides are cooperating against threats like this so that they don’t necessarily escalate. That’s what you need, because you cannot afford to let these sort of things just happen and build on themselves. And as you point out, we’re at a very risky moment. Continue Reading


A Conversation With The World’s Most Esteemed Journalist –John Fisher Burns

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


I think my title conveys a fair and widely-held assessment. Left, right, center –all professional and experienced journalists at least admire and many are in awe of the career of the New York Times’ John Fisher Burns. I catch up with him occasionally, and did so today –which was “tonight” for Burns, who was in Sarajevo, which was the subject of his weekend piece which caught my eye. In the course of our conversation, I mention this Burns’ article from 1996, sent to me by The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein. There is much and more in this conversation.  Every young journalist ought to study Burns’ method –and absorb his understanding of the role of the U.S. in the world. Enjoy

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The transcript:

HH: It’s really an extraordinary week, and it hit me earlier this week when I read a piece by my guest, John Fisher Burns in the weekend New York Times, that we are on the 100th anniversary of a remarkable event, and it snuck up on me, and I didn’t even notice it until I read John Burns’ piece in the New York Times. He joins me now from London, the New York Times’ senior foreign correspondent. Hello, John, and good evening to you. Thanks for staying up late to talk to me.

JB: Not at all. You’re talking to me in Sarajevo. I’m still here.

HH: You’re still there. Well, tell people, let’s just begin with the piece you wrote and the anniversary that you’re writing about, because I don’t know that many people realize that the world started to go to hell a hundred years ago last weekend.

JB: On a street corner about 75 yards from where I’m talking to you now, where I’ve been watching the United States-Belgium soccer match until you called. There’s a river that flows through Sarajevo. It’s called the Miljacka River. And on June 28th, 1914, the heir to the Austria-Hungarian empire, who were then the colonial rulers of what is now Bosnia, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg, Sophie, came here to celebrate what was considered to be a triumph of Austria-Hungarian colonialism. They had built this town, Sarajevo, into the most modern town in the Balkans. It was the first city in Europe to have operating tram railway system. And they came into town by rail that day, and they went to the city hall, and on the way there, somebody threw a bomb at them which bounced off the back of their open car. So they were a little bit shaken. And in one of the great miscalculations of history, Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke, asked the head of security, a certain General Potiorek, in the city hall over a reception, do you think it’s safe to go back along the embankment where we just came, where somebody just threw a bomb? And the general said well, nothing’s sure, but I think you can be pretty certain that whoever it was that organized that, you know, we’ve got him now, go ahead. And they got back in their car, they went 500 yards, and a 19 year old kid called Gavrilo Princip stepped off the sidewalk with a Browning semiautomatic pistol, and assassinated both of them. And that led on to the implosion of the European order and the First World War. Continue Reading

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