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Bob BeauprezBob BeauprezJanuary 4, 201813min3626

A great many, even among those who voted for Donald Trump, openly questioned his conservative bona fides during the 2016 campaign. Some of his most ardent supporters (see Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham) quickly migrated from being the self-appointed enforcers of “Principled Conservatism” within the Republican Party to an unqualified endorsement of the new “Trumpian Populism” to justify their support. Others weren’t so sure.


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayJune 8, 20179min292

The slaughter of 22 concert-goers in Manchester May 22 was followed four days later by the murder of 29 Christians traveling by bus to a monastery in the desert south of Cairo. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both attacks. In an internet video, a masked spokesman denounced the victims — many of them teenage girls, fans of pop singer Ariana Grande — as “crusaders.” As for Egyptian Christians, also known as Copts, they have been described in other Islamic State videos as “our favorite prey.”


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayApril 27, 20179min379

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate. He is wearing a three-piece suit that would look stylish today but he is steely-eyed in a way that is peculiar to early 20th century revolutionaries. He appears to be gazing into the future — a future in which Turkey would be modern, prosperous, secular and democratic.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 8, 20175min346

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced a bipartisan resolution Wednesday, Feb. 8, pledging the United States’ unwavering commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are original cosponsors of the resolution. “It is indisputable that NATO is the most successful military alliance in history and it is essential that we strengthen NATO for current and future challenges to maintain global peace and stability. In order to achieve this goal, it is crucial that all NATO members make good on their commitment to contribute to NATO’s defense spending,” said Gardner in a news release. “Just last month, 4th Infantry Division troops based in Fort Carson were deployed to eastern Europe to enhance U.S. military presence and to offer support to our allies in the region. This resolution reaffirms our commitment to the NATO alliance as a force for good and to deter any and all aggression from


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanJanuary 23, 20174min592

The U.S. military is sending 3,500 American troops to Zagan, Poland, from Fort Carson to meet NATO commitments. The Polish defense minister called the American mission a “fulfillment of a dream Poles have had for decades,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The last time American military were in Zagan was from 1943-1945. Many U.S. airmen shot down while flying over Axis nations ended up as prisoners of war in Zagan’s Stalag Luft III, the site of the Great Escape in March, 1944. The escape was a British exploit, with the Steve McQueen character in the movie a bit of fiction.


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Bradley KlapperBradley KlapperAugust 15, 201611min232

Donald Trump on Monday painted the Middle East as an oasis of stability before Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, arguing that she and President Barack Obama "launched" the Islamic State group onto the world. In trying to outline how he would defeat the threat, Trump himself launched several other false claims.


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayJuly 27, 20169min367

Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events. But underlying both is this question: How are the most dynamic forces within the Islamic world shaping the 21st century? Jihadism is, as should be obvious, one of those forces. Those fighting what they call a holy war — al Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Islamic Republic of Iran among them — regard “others” as enemies who must submit or be conquered or be killed. Their goal, and they’re candid about this, is to establish Islamic domination anywhere they can and, eventually, everywhere they can.