Features Articles — October 26, 2007

Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:

Apocalypse No — Peggy Noonan
The New Republic’s editors seem to have mistaken Vietnam movies for real life.

Looking for Mr. Right — Patrick Buchanan
“I was conservative yesterday, I’m a conservative today, and I will be a conservative tomorrow,” declared Fred Thompson to the Conservative Party of New York, billing himself as the “consistent conservative” in the GOP race — in contrast to ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The Outsourced Brain — David Brooks
The gurus seek bliss amidst mountaintop solitude and serenity in the meditative trance, but I, grasshopper, have achieved the oneness with the universe that is known as pure externalization.

Relax, Republicans, It’s a Fine Field — Charles Krauthammer
Major grumbling among conservatives about the Republican field. So many candidates, so many flaws. Rudy Giuliani, abortion apostate. Mitt Romney, flip-flopper. John McCain, Mr. Amnesty. Fred Thompson, lazy boy. Where is the paragon? Where is Ronald Reagan?

A Self-Defeating Hegemony — Francis Fukuyama
When I wrote about the End of History almost 20 years ago, one thing that I did not anticipate was the degree to which American behaviour and misjudgments would make anti-Americanism one of the chief fault lines of global politics. And yet, particularly since the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001, that is precisely what has happened, owing to four key mistakes made by the Bush administration.

Bush’s hardline Cuba policy buys Castro more time — James Klurfeld
OK, we all understand what President George W. Bush was really up to in the speech he gave on Wednesday about Cuba.

Serenading a Tyrant — Terry Teachout
Why is the New York Philharmonic going to North Korea?

Lone Survivor — Mark Lasswell
On Monday Lt. Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Meet the man who told his story.

Column one: Preventing World War III — Caroline Glick
Now, when faced with a real possibility that the US or Israel or a combination of states are ready and willing to attack Iran’s nuclear installations, elBaradei seeks to undermine them by questioning the salience of the threat.

Abbas’s opportunity — David Horovitz
Branded an incompetent failure last spring by the Winograd Committee’s interim report on the Second Lebanon War, told publicly by his foreign minister that he ought to resign, and since further discredited by the opening of three criminal investigations into alleged financial improprieties, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is nonetheless rising in the polls.

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