Category: Mona Charen

Will Democrats Choose Safety or Risk?

From left: Activist Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar onstage for the Democratic primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, January 14, 2020. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)One story of the Democratic primary race has been the competition between the flight to safety versus the urge to splurge.

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Was the Soleimani Killing a Policy Success?

An Iranian holds a picture of General Qasem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, as people gather to mourn him in Tehran, Iran, January 4, 2020. (Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency via Reuters)Trump’s action rid the world of an effective terror master, and Soleimani’s death is likely to be at least a short-term setback for Iran’s imperial ambitions.

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Gertrude Himmelfarb, Rest in Peace

First Lady Laura Bush and Second Lady Lynne Cheney flank Gertrude Himmelfarb after she received the National Humanities Medal in 2004. (National Endowment for the Humanities)She was a paragon of intellectual accomplishment, personal grace, and solid integrity.

When I emailed Mary Ellen Bork that our mutual friend, Gertrude Himmelfarb, a.k.a. Bea Kristol, had passed away at 97, she replied, after expressions of sadness, “Now she and Irving can resume their conversation.

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Lovable Ol’ Bernie

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Iowa, December 15, 2019. (Daniel Acker/Reuters)He has praised totalitarian regimes and thinks billionaires shouldn’t exist. What’s not to love?

You won’t hear young Democrats deride Bernie Sanders with the “Okay, Boomer” dig. At 78, he’s actually too old for the cohort, but that’s not why he won’t get dinged.

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What a Senate Acquittal in an Impeachment Trial Will Mean

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses reporters after the Senate Republicans policy lunch on Capitol Hill, December 3, 2019. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)The message will be that there is no appetite for the truth.

If I have this straight, House Republicans are united in the belief that public integrity is critically important for our nation. Accordingly, Joe Biden deserves to be impeached. During a meeting of the Rules Committee, Representative Doug Collins (R., Ga.

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Trump’s War-Crimes Pardons Weaken Our Military’s Moral Fiber

Members of the 30th Heavy Separate Brigade of the North Carolina Army National Guard salute during playing of the National Anthem. February 12, 2004. (Ellen Ozier/Reuters)An ethically upright military takes decades or even centuries to build. It can be undone much more quickly.

People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel.

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What Is the American Idea?

Declaration of Independence, by John Trumbull (Wikimedia Commons)Richard Brookhiser’s Give Me Liberty is a defense of what he calls “America’s Exceptional Idea,” an elegant and lyrical case for the ideal that has shaped America: liberty.

If I were addressing a young audience today, I would face an uphill battle to explain why conservatism so inspired me during my own impressionable years. Today, what has been dubbed “Conservatism Inc.

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