Augmenting Indoctrination in Iran

One of the conceits behind Obama-era diplomacy with Iran was that the Islamic Republic was a normal state. Its aggressive rhetoric was simply a means to assuage a domestic constituency rather than something truly believed. This was the ultimate projection on the part of President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and their team, as they assumed arrogantly that everyone, everywhere shared their goals and their values.

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Commentary podcast: Where Obamacare stops, the GOP picks up.

audio: https://soundcloud.com/commentarymagazine/commentary-podcast-the-end-of-the-case-for-liberty

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The left's fealty to identity politics has blinded them.

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Hard Power Is Back

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