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Where have you gone Colin Powell when nation needs you most?

Where have you gone Gen. Colin Powell?On Sunday Sept. 6, I watched one of our undisputed American heroes, Gen. Colin Powell, on "Meet the Press," addressing the Iran deal and some of its truths and consequences.It was impossible, as I kept in mind our current political campaigns, for our ...

Hillary Clinton’s fresh start may be enough for her to carry day

WASHINGTON - In a sense, after all the tribulations of her rather erratic 2016 presidential campaign kickoff, Hillary Clinton went back to square the other day. After much verbal bobbing and weaving, she finally came right out and said she had made a mistake using a private Internet server as ...

Europe’s humanitarianism is, sad to say, not all that humanitarian

Human beings are hard-wired to protect young children. That's the easiest explanation of the rush of Europeans - especially, but not only, elites - to welcome huge numbers of refugees after publication of the picture of a dead three-year-old boy on a Turkish beach.In response, Chancellor Angela ...

Here are good reasons ‘The View’ is bombing with viewers

BY MICHELLE You would think that a groundbreaking TV show for women hosted by women would do its best every day to respect and uplift women.Instead, ABC's "The View" - originally created by veteran journalist Barbara Walters to represent women "of different backgrounds, different generations ...

Is Joe Biden really the answer to the problems of the Democrats

The wheels haven't come off Hillary Rodham Clinton's bus quite yet, but they're getting wobblier. Hence the Joe Biden boomlet.As a columnist, never mind as a conservative, I think it's a fantastic idea. (A Biden vs. Trump debate would cause a national popcorn shortage.) But is Biden really the ...

Candidates and voting public should ask themselves ‘Why?’

WASHINGTON - Once upon a time in a twinkling city on a hill, little boys and girls were taught that anyone could grow up to become president.The children all believed it and today many, many of them are trying to fulfill the promise. While it has been proved true that anyone really can become ...

Correcting the record: Mike Mansfield was great American

William McGurn is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal who, according to his company bio, "writes speeches for CEO Rupert Murdoch. Previously he served as Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush." McGurn is, from all indications, quite a smart man, but he recently wrote something ...

Parents, not gadgets, should be teaching kids how to eat

It had to be a joke, a parody, I thought while reading of a new electronic gadget claiming to entice children to eat vegetables by rewarding them with video games. I've been taken in by less. But there was the Yumit being touted with a straight face on the website of the reputable Wired ...

How wacky are American plutocratic billionaires?

You know your presidential campaign is in a heap of hurt when you need Tom Perkins to defend your "abilities, intellect, and talent."But there Perkins was in the New York Times recently, having bought a full-page ad attesting to the presidential worthiness of Carly Fiorina - one of the gaggle ...

In praise of monarchy: Queen lacks political power but provides stability

Some time in the early evening of Wednesday, London time, Queen Elizabeth II broke a record: she became the longest-serving monarch in British history, beating her great-great-grandmother Victoria's reign of 63 years and 216 days. She is also, at 89, by a solid stretch the longest-lived British ...

Iran nuclear deal: Republicans, Democrats and mushroom clouds

The Democratic Party has been weak-minded on defense for decades, but with the Iran capitulation, they've achieved a new threshold of cowardice and treachery.While it's true that an honorable handful of Democrats have resisted the president's pressure, the overwhelming majority have chosen to ...

Do wide-open primaries signal a breakdown of the political order?

WASHINGTON - You'd never think it from the present chaos in American presidential politics, but over most of the last century, relative stability has been the byword. Of the 12 elected presidents who ran for a second term in that period, eight were given it by the voters.Only four - William ...

Mackinac Straits heavy crude ban falls short

Not good enough.Enbridge Energy's promise to keep heavy crude out of the Straits of Mackinac doesn't remove the threat to the Great Lakes, and it shouldn't appease those charged with protecting them, either.The company on Thursday signed a deal with state officials pledging that it would not ...

America’s reckless refuge for jihad

On the anniversary week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama is rolling out the welcome mat to tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees. What could go wrong?There's no need to hypothesize. Our nation remains utterly incapable of screening out legitimate dreamers from destroyers, ...

What a performance in Kentucky

It was the kind of rally we've come to expect from those Americans who think someone else's equal rights are an assault on their way of life as perennial victims.Long before politician Kim Davis took the stage in Grayson, Kentucky, her handlers were revving up the crowd of thousands. One ...

Ode to joy: Candidates try to distract from dreadful headlines

WASHINGTON - It's no longer enough to be a happy warrior; now our candidates must be joyful!Oh, joie.Jeb Bush started the joy bender last week when he told a New Hampshire audience that a conservative could win the White House by "campaigning with his arms wide open, with joy in his heart, ...

The Iran nuclear deal has now reached the point of no return

In aviation it's called the point of no return. That point in a flight when catastrophe strikes and the airplane, because of low fuel or mechanical impairment, cannot make it safely back to its take-off point.That's where we are with the dangerous Iran nuclear deal, the theocratic Islamic ...

Mitt Romney may wish he made a different decision

You're Mitt Romney, and today you have to be upset with yourself. Eight months ago - when you, a non-candidate, were leading in all the polls for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - you paid too much attention to a Wall Street Journal editorial that began, "If Mitt Romney is the ...

Fear of missing out seems to be driving us to live in hotels

Generals have marked their operations by putting pins on wall maps of the world. I could do the same for friends and neighbors who have just gotten back from some place and are about to leave for another.They often move in battalions meeting friends or family - who themselves have traveled ...

Here’s how not to give workers a pay increase

Some days, I get an irresistible compulsion to tear out my hair.My latest outbreak was triggered by a New York Times opinion piece by Peter Georgescu, the former chairman of the giant PR outfit Young & Rubicam.He issued a clarion call for his corporate peers to reverse the dangerous ...