That Good Old ‘Pattern of Cooperation’

Over the last few days, the conservative media and blogosphere in the U.S. and Britain have been roiled by WikiLeaks documents suggesting that, in order to secure Russia’s agreement to the New START Treaty, the U.S. agreed to disclose information about the Trident missiles it transfers to Britain. Media Matters predictably claims that there is nothing untoward involved, that it’s all an invention of the “right-wing media.” And P.J. Crowley argued that New START simply “carried forward and updated this notification procedure” from the 1991 START Treaty.

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That Good Old ‘Pattern of Cooperation’

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Democrats’ Jeremy Corbyn Syndrome

Call it “Jeremy Corbyn syndrome.” This distressing malady has manifested most acutely in British liberals, but it is an epidemic spreading throughout the transatlantic left. It is a disorder characterized by a pathological refusal to acknowledge or accept the admonition of the public and a petulant, uncompromising response to rebuke. The symptoms of this self-destructive condition are beginning to be observed in a new host: American Democrats.

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Has the Trump Fever Finally Broken?

After each Donald Trump gaffe and even the first Republican presidential debate on Fox News that seemed to highlight his shortcomings, the reality star’s poll numbers continued to rise. Nothing he said or did and nothing anyone else could do altered the arc of a race that seemed to hinge on a populist surge that focused on Trump’s outsized personality. Throughout the summer of Trump, this counterintuitive trend held firm as his popularity and favorability ratings soared with the rest of the GOP presidential field left far behind. Indeed, by the day of last week’s CNN debate, Trump’s standing in the Real Clear Politics average of polls had risen to 30.5 percent with Ben Carson a distant second at 20 percent and all of the other 15 candidates in single digits. But the first major poll taken since last week’s debate indicates that perhaps, at long last, the Trump fever has broken. The CNN/ORC poll published yesterday brought great news for Carly Fiorina, whose strong performance last Wednesday paid off in a huge boost in her support and also gave a significant though smaller increase to Marco Rubio. But the most important news from it is that it showed Trump losing ground for the first time.

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The Modern Left’s Moral Rot

Israeli journalist Amira Hass has finally explained a mystery that long puzzled me: how the European Union manages to reconcile its policy on the Middle East with its self-image as a champion of morality, human rights, and compassion. In one short sentence, she neatly encapsulates the moral rot at the heart of the modern multicultural left: “We don’t rate suffering.”

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The White House Downgrades Turkey

One of the reasons why Recep Tayyip Erdoğan managed to change Turkey fundamentally and probably permanently during his tenure as prime minister is that as he implemented his reforms undermining opponents, and ultimately freedom, he suggested that he enjoyed U.S. and European Union support. U.S. diplomats continued their paeans to Turkey and its democracy, even as Erdoğan laid the legal foundation to send his opponents to prison. President Barack Obama went so far as to single out Erdoğan as one of his most trusted foreign friends.

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