|Dear Reader,I sat down with Sen. J.D. Vance to talk foreign policy.
We discussed Ukraine, China, the southern border, and changing your mind. With the help of comments from Elbridge Colby and Amy Chua, the interview became a profile. Of American strategy in an increasingly bipolar world, Vance told me, “I think the right view is: China should not make our stuff, and we should try to avoid war with China. And the absolutely stupidest view is: China should make all of our stuff, and we should go to war with them.”
Next Sunday marks the twentieth anniversary of the air campaign that kicked off the Iraq war. And Monday is twenty years since the invasion. We’ll be marking the doleful occasion with a number of pieces all week, but Doug Bandow gave us a foreshadowing of that series yesterday with an enumeration of American hubris and error. The United States, and the rest of the world, continues to suffer the consequences of very costly stupidity.
Editorial fellow Harry Scherer has done significant reporting on the January 6 riot plaintiffs still in jail awaiting trial. You might recall his feature on the subject from this past Jan/Feb issue of the magazine. He recently attended a hearing for one of those subjects, Chris Quaglin. Quaglin was denied temporary release while he awaits his trial. In contrast, Scherer recounts the long and largely un-jailed criminal career of Isaiah Trotman, who recently murdered 64-year-old D.C. Metro mechanic Robert Cunningham on a subway station platform.
P.S. Join fellow TAC readers along with our executive director, Emile Doak, and founding editor, Scott McConnell, at an exclusive dinner on April 1st in Indianapolis during the Spring meeting of the Philadelphia Society! You can learn more and register here.
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