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Dear Reader,Kevin Roberts, the president of the Heritage Foundation working hard to shake up a sclerotic Conservatism Inc., has committed another GOP heresy. In a piece out Tuesday afternoon he put the Pentagon on the operating table. As the United States continues to run into the debt limit, it is past time to consider how smarter defense spending rather than more defense spending might play a role in diverting our roll toward the fiscal cliff. Surgery might even require cuts.
Hawks on the Hill and off have become awfully casual about calling for a total reconquest of Ukraine in recent weeks. Michael Warren Davis reminded readers in an essay Saturday that this would indeed turn a defensive Ukrainian war into an offensive one—one might even say of conquest. Crimea and the Donbas separatist republics are not seeking liberation from Russian control; their reunion with Kiev would be an act of political will on the part of the West against the East.
If, like me, you’ve been both intrigued and confused by the continuing saga of classified documents appearing where they’re apparently not supposed to be, then you’ll find Monday’s little primer on the National Archives and Records Administration from Andrew Kloster useful. The first of Kloster’s takeaways? “NARA has far outstripped its statutory role and the public has been bamboozled about its function.”
The conservative thinks of political policies as intended to preserve order, justice, and freedom. The ideologue, on the contrary, thinks of politics as a revolutionary instrument for transforming society and even transforming human nature. In his march toward Utopia, the ideologue is merciless.
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