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Afghanistan: The forever war ends with too few lessons learned

July 11, 2021  •  The Hill

Joe Biden and Donald Trump don't agree on much, but both have argued that America's seemingly forever war in Afghanistan, the nation's longest, must end. A majority of Republicans and Democrats also now apparently share their view that U.S. troops should leave Afghanistan and Afghans to their fate. As President Biden argued Thursday, in an impassioned speech defending his decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan before Sept. 11, "We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build."

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Sore losers: Trump and Netanyahu have a lot in common

July 7, 2021  •  The Hill

Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's ninth prime minister for the past 15 years, have much in common. Both consider Iran the most pressing Islamist threat to Western security. Both see Saudi Arabia as a vital Arab ally despite de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's autocratic crackdown on rivals and dissidents and the shocking murder and dismemberment of critic Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Both men are routinely attacked by journalists and critics as polarizing, divisive narcissists. And both, in turn, purport to despise reporters while demonstrating an impressive ability to bait and manipulate them.

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Still In Season
Will Palm Beach become a year-round community?

July 6, 2021  •  City Journal

Every table was taken at Café Boulud, the house restaurant of the Brazilian Court Hotel, where Palm Beachers celebrated Father's Day over foie gras hamburgers. Palm Beach is normally deserted by June, but this summer the island town hums with activity. Will it last? Has Palm Beach evolved into a year-round destination, complete with a viable summer season? Or will most of the estimated 30,000 New Yorkers who flocked here and to other South Florida cities during the pandemic head back north—not just to escape Florida's summer heat, humidity, and hurricanes, but for good?

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Where Does It End?
On Roman Polanski, J'accuse, and cancel culture

June 6, 2021  •  City Journal

While Hollywood honored the best films of 2021 during its annual Oscar ceremony, a small group of cinema buffs huddled around laptops to watch a movie that cannot be seen in theaters or streamed on major cable outlets in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and several other democracies. We were not in Russia or China, secretly accessing samizdat—literature and art banned by the state. We were all in the U.S., watching a film by one of the world's finest filmmakers.

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Winners and losers in the mini-war between Israel and Hamas

May 23, 2021  •  The Hill

As a ceasefire took hold after 11 days of rocket and bombing attacks, Israel and Hamas both lost little time in claiming victory. It is difficult to point to winners and losers amid such death, suffering and — particularly in Gaza — utter destruction, but some politicians and players clearly seem to have benefited.

While the longer-term implications may play out differently, both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and militant Islamist Hamas clearly seem to have emerged stronger from the conflict than before.

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