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David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic
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Reagan and Bush Offer No Precedent for Obama's Amnesty Order

November 19, 2014 “What about Reagan in 1987? And George H.W. Bush in 1990?” This has become a favorite Democratic and center-left rebuttal to Republicans angry at reports that President Obama may soon grant residency and working papers to as many as 5 million illegal aliens. If Obama acts, he’d rely on precedents ...

The Allure of Radical Islam in Canada

October 24, 2014 Last year, the head of Canada’s security agency delivered a warning to the Canadian Senate. “Five years ago we weren’t as worried about domestic terrorism as we are now,” said Richard Fadden. He explained why: In the 1990s and early 2000s, Islamic terrorism was perpetrated by structured organizations with lines ...

Rick Perry Sharpens His National Security Edge Over GOP Rivals

October 20, 2014 Texas Governor Rick Perry quietly traveled to Europe last week to assert his foreign-policy credentials. He got what he was looking for—but in an unexpected way. Perry planned to visit the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, and Ukraine. He was to meet business and energy groups, confer with Ukrainian political leaders, ...

How Iran Scammed America Out of a Nuclear Deal

October 3, 2014 You have to salute the rulers of Iran. They stand on the verge of scoring a stunning diplomatic triumph over the United States. Even more impressive: They did it all on bluff. Their adversaries possessed material advantages in terms of money, technology, military power, and more. But Iran’s rulers had ...

Why Is the US Yielding to Iran Now?

September 26, 2014 If there has been one consistent theme to the Obama administration’s foreign policy, it has been the yearning for some kind of deal with the ruling Iranian regime. President Obama reportedly sent a sequence of messages to Iran’s supreme ruler, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the early months of 2009. ...

Israel's Man at the United Nations

September 24, 2014 When foreign dignitaries arrive in New York City for the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly, it’s often difficult to determine which world leaders are rolling past in which dark limousines. But one country’s representatives typically stand out. It’s the country whose embassy and consulate on Second Avenue are ...

America's Stake in the Scottish Referendum

September 15, 2014 The imminent referendum on Scottish independence has received surprisingly little attention in the United States. Americans have an excuse: Until recently, the British political elite paid nearly equally little attention to the possible break-up of their country. Then, at the end of August, just weeks before the September 18 vote, ...

The Case Against Another War in Iraq

September 10, 2014 President Obama’s speech to the nation on Wednesday night will deliver a simple, clear, and forceful message: “Don’t blame me.” The top foreign-policy priority of the president’s first term was to end the U.S. commitment in Iraq as rapidly and completely as possible, with minimal regard for what followed. That ...

Obama Just Used the Most Forceful Language Against Russia Since Reagan

September 3, 2014 Presidents give a lot of speeches, and most of them don’t mean very much. They “urge,” they “call on,” and they “challenge”—and, for the most part, their messages bounce off their intended audiences. Congress doesn’t fund the program or balance the budget; the American people carry on wasting energy and ...

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 ...