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COMMENTARY BY MICHAEL BARONE

  • Obama Stands Aloof From America's Four Foreign Policy Traditions By Michael Barone

    President Obama's speech at the United Nations last week was "an important turning point in American foreign policy -- and in his presidency." That's the verdict of Brookings Institution scholar and former Clinton White House aide William Galston, a Democrat who has not been an unqualified admirer of this Democratic president's foreign policy.

    Whether Obama's decision to launch air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Khorasan terrorists is a turning point, it was at least a move in the direction of a tradition in American foreign policy that has been conspicuously lacking in his administration.

  • Scots Vote Against Independence, but Controversy Continues in Britain By Michael Barone

    Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, the necessarily clunkily named United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    It was a relatively close-run thing: 45 percent voted for an independent Scotland, just 383,000 fewer than voted for Scotland to remain part of the now-not-necessary-to-be-renamed UK.

  • Why has Immigration Shifted? By Michael Barone

    What should we do about immigration policy? It's a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based historian Gregory Clark, unhelpfully titled, "The American Dream Is an Illusion."

  • Which Is the Weaker Party? Your Call by Michael Barone

    Which of our two great political parties is the stronger? Maybe it makes more sense to ask which of the two is weaker.

  • Obama Forced by Events to Reverse Course --- and Disillusion Base by Michael Barone

    Iraq, immigration, inversion. On all three of the issues referred to, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes -- and he's in trouble with much of his Democratic Party base for doing so.

  • Large Government Out of Place in a Society Based on Small Technology by Michael Barone

    "Twentieth-century technology," writes economic historian Joel Mokyr in the Manhattan Institute's excellent City Journal, "was primarily about 'large' things."

    Large in physical size, that is. Mokyr's examples include the diesel engine and the gas turbine, shipping containers, communications satellites launched by giant rockets, oil-drilling platforms, massive power stations, giant steel mills and huge airplanes.

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  • Obama's Delusions Dispelled? Well, we Can Hope for Change by Michael Barone

    "If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart," President Obama told Democratic mega-contributors last month in one of the 400-plus fundraisers of his presidency.

    But not to worry. "The world has always been messy," he said. "In part, we're just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through." Like being beheaded by Islamist terrorists. Or having your country invaded by Russian soldiers.

    Michael Barone, senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, (www.washingtonexaminer.com), where this article first appeared, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. To find out more about Michael Barone, and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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  • Democrats Look Increasingly Like the Party of the Past by Michael Barone

    Liberals like to think and talk about themselves as if they were the wave of the future. Note, for example, how Barack Obama and John Kerry have denounced Islamist terrorists and Vladimir Putin for behaving as if they are still in the "19th century."

  • Obama's Segue From Constructive Tax Proposals to Low-Grade Demagoguery by Michael Barone

    The tax system should be simplified and work for all Americans with lower individual and corporate tax rates and fewer brackets.

  • A Decent Lawyer Should Tell Liberals They're Damned Fools and Ought to Stop By Michael Barone

    "About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop." So supposedly said Elihu Root, New York lawyer and secretary of war and of state, and U.S. senator from 1909 to 1915.

    Today it seems that many liberal "would-be clients" are in desperate need of what Root called "a decent lawyer."