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Rubio on U.S. Power

Senator Marco Rubio seems to relish tackling the difficult dilemmas of American foreign policy. As I wrote in NR earlier this year (“Strategy and Principle,” February 20), he tries hard to reconcile realism with Americans’ deep-rooted…

The EPA Abuses First, Apologizes Later

Last summer, I wrote about the Environmental Protection Agency’s shameful persecution of a Texas natural-gas company, Range Resources Corp. The year before, EPA had slapped the company with an “emergency order” under the Safe Dri…

The Legality of Attacking Iran

As the drumbeat for strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities grows louder, attention has begun to focus on the key international-law question: Would such strikes be legal? Many conservatives tend to think that international law doesn’t matter, …

The Devil & Daniel Brenner

Over at the Huffington Post, Rabbi Daniel Brenner recently published an interesting piece about contraception and the Jewish tradition. Daniel wonders why Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, who had testified against the contraception mandate before Congress, and …

Persian Paradoxes

The debate over military options on Iran has finally started to focus on the critical issue of deterrence — that is, can the threat of air strikes deter Iran from proceeding in its nuclear-weapons program, and if so, how? Answering that question …

Sovereignty, Syria, and the Arab Spring

Since the earliest days of the Arab Spring, U.S. policy has been waylaid by deep confusion on the vital question of state sovereignty — when we may violate it, and when we should recognize it. Answering that question will help us understand both …

Preemption’s Legal Troubles

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently delivered the Obama administration’s clearest warning yet on Iran’s nuclear program. In a 60 Minutes interview he said: “If they proceed and we get intelligence that they’re proceeding …

China Is No Model

The West has reached a fork in the road. Our current models of governance and economics aren’t working. The consensus is gathering strength — both in Europe and in the United States — that we must choose a different path. The Tea Part…