Confronting the command to wage jihad

President Trump’s mention of “radical Islam” during his recent address to Congress has reignited the debate over the relationship between Islam and terrorism. Trump clearly rejects the dominant view of the Bush and Obama presidencies that terrorist acts committed by Muslims represent a “perversion” of Islam.

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What is an American?

What does it mean to be an American? Is being an American a function of blood, race, or language, or is it something else? When one asks such questions, one is really asking this: in what respect is America a “nation”? Is there an American “nationalism” and if so, what does it mean?

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Mackubin Owens: Navy poised to recover after Obama

During the Anglo-French wars of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Royal Navy maintained a decisive edge over France and its allies. That advantage did not arise from the superiority of the Royal Navy’s vessels but instead from an intangible quality that was apparent from the Battle of the Nile to Trafalgar and…

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Strong from the Beginning

In his 2004 book Surprise, Security, and the American Experience, John Lewis Gaddis called John Quincy Adams “the most influential American grand strategist of the 19th century.” Charles Edel, a professor at my former institution, the U.S. Naval War College, fleshes out Gaddis’s argument in his remarkable new work Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and…

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Hamilton’s actual view on immigration

Not too long ago, the cast of the hit musical “Hamilton” ostentatiously lectured Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in attendance, about “diversity” and “American values.” Implicit in these remarks was criticism of the incoming administration’s position on immigration. But the comments by the “Hamilton” cast miss an important point. Although Alexander Hamilton was himself…

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Ethanol mandate’s out of gas

A decade ago, President George W. Bush signed a bill creating the Renewable Fuel Standard as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, mandating that a certain amount of ethanol and other biofuels be blended with gasoline and diesel fuel. The Energy Independence and Security Act that followed in 2007 greatly increased the ethanol…

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Principle and prudence in U.S. foreign policy

From the end of World War II until the presidency of Barack Obama, the United States pursued a bipartisan grand strategy of “primacy,” the purpose of which has been to underwrite a liberal world order based on free trade and the law of nations, an arrangement very much in the interest of the United States…

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