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David Frum

David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic
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The Transparency Trap

August 15, 2014 The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to lament that his beloved New York City had lost the ability to get things done: In the dear old days of Jimmy Walker, we could build the George Washington Bridge in four years and one month, and think far enough ahead to make ...

Casinos Are a Good Way to Wreck a Local Economy

August 7, 2014 Baltimore is a troubled city, as you know from The Wire. Like many troubled cities, Baltimore has turned to casino gambling as its solution. On August 26, a new Caesar’s casino will open on the site of an old chemical factory, a little more than 2 miles from the famous ...

Iraq Isn’t Ours To Save

June 17, 2014 I was a strong supporter of the Iraq war. Now I urge caution about military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgency in the country. U.S. intervention to defend its interests and support its friends remains essential. But the government in Baghdad is not an American ...

What Does Putin Want?

June 1, 2014 In September 2009, Václav Havel and 11 other European dignitaries published an open letter challenging the United States and other NATO countries: “Are we willing to accept that the borders of a small country can be unilaterally changed by force? Are we willing to tolerate the de facto annexation of ...

Is America Still a Global Power?

May 29, 2014 An old joke describes the action memos the State Department prepares for the president: Option A: Do nothing Option B: Global thermonuclear war Option C: Preferred State Department policy On the evidence of President Obama’s commencement address at West Point on Wednesday, he’d have made an outstanding State Department memo-writer. ...

Why Is Putin Invited to Normandy's 70th Anniversary?

May 26, 2014 “We may have differences with Vladimir Putin but I have not forgotten and will never forget that the Russian people gave millions of lives [during World War II]. I told Vladimir Putin that as the representative of the Russian people, he is welcome to the ceremonies.” - French President François ...

Analysis: We Need More Secrecy

April 18, 2014 In October 2002, one of the worst terror attacks of the post-9/11 era killed 202 people and wounded 240 more at two nightclubs on the Indonesian island of Bali. Eighty-eight Australians were killed, making up the largest national group among the victims. Australia understandably wanted the perpetrators brought to justice. ...

Transparency Can Be Bad for Liberty

April 17, 2014 In October 2002, one of the worst terror attacks of the post-9/11 era killed 202 people and wounded 240 more at two nightclubs on the Indonesian island of Bali. Eighty-eight Australians were killed, making up the largest national group among the victims. Australia understandably wanted the perpetrators brought to justice. ...

Russia’s Plan to Partition Ukraine

April 2, 2014 In the weeks since Russian forces seized Crimea, Vladimir Putin’s plan for mainland Ukraine has become increasingly clear: partition. Putin’s ambassadors and ministers don’t use that word, of course. In talks with their U.S. and NATO counterparts, they prefer the word “federalism.” They want to organize manipulated referendums to create ...

How the West Can Help Ukraine -- and Stop Russia

March 27, 2014 In one classic episode of the British comedy Yes Minister, a senior civil servant detailed the four phases of Foreign Office advice during an international crisis: Nothing is happening. Something is happening, but we don’t know what it is. We know what it is, but there’s nothing we can do ...