Obama counterinsurgency strategy's fall guy?

by Diana West -- Excuse me while I defend President Obama. To be sure, this doesn't happen often, if at all. But this Robert Gates story, whipping through Washington like wildfire, feels more…

Happy birthday, Chairman Mao?

by Diana West -- The reporting on China's commemoration of the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong all seemed to come from the same angle. Festivities were "understated" (Associated Press). Events were "scaled more…

Year-end absurdities

by Diana West -- In the interest of tying up some loose ends, here are a few updates before the new year. Principle, what principle? Remember how 2013 began with much ado more…

Mandela in the mirror

by Diana West -- Feeling soaked after the gushers of drenching hagiography that crashed over the world on the death of the Nelson Mandela, I have been trying to reconcile what I more…

Hep-cat holiday voices

by Diana West -- It's been weeks now, more than a month in some places, but it is all about to come to an end. "It" is the soundtrack of the season more…

Will Congress rein in the imperial presidency?

by Diana West -- An extraordinary thing happened in Washington, D.C., this week. Appearing before a House Judiciary subcommittee, several constitutional scholars forthrightly and unmistakably outlined the leading danger to the survival more…

Thanksgiving and Obamacare don't mix

by Diana West -- When Thanksgiving 2013 is over, will Americans remember it as the holiday when the Obama administration body-snatched their friends and family and turned them into Obamacare robots? Maybe more…

'Afghan-o-care': Pact is new foreign entitlement

by Diana West -- Now that U.S. and Afghan negotiators have agreed on terms of a seemingly open-ended – if reduced – U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and more…

A day that should live in infamy

by Diana West -- On Saturday, Nov. 16, the United States marks a milestone: the 80th anniversary of when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt recognized the Soviet Union and "normalized" U.S.-USSR relations. It more…