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The Sinking of the Lusitania, 1915 Painting. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The Weekly Standard's Fractured History and the Reality
It was one hundred years ago this month that America entered World War I, which began July 28, 1914. [1] On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress and requested it to declare war on Germany. The Senate would vote in favor of war on April 4 and the House... Read More
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The media has generally presented Trump as being ignorant and nonsensical in his discussion of American policies, and one example is his negative references to NATO as obsolete. The mainstream media is aghast that any political leader of the U.S. could possibly take a negative view of such an allegedly iconic alliance as NATO. A... Read More
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The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel, by Alison Weir
Alison Weir’s relatively short book covers the history of Zionism in the United States from the last decades of the 19th century until the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. (She is working on a second volume that will carry this history to the present.) Its brevity does not mean, however, that it... Read More
Edward M. House, from An Onlooker in France 1917–1919 by William Orpen, 1921
Philip Dru: Administrator
Edward M. House, usually referred to as "Colonel" House, gained fame as President Woodrow Wilson's closest advisor, playing a significant role in Wilson's major domestic and foreign policies. House was essentially Wilson's alter ego. Wilson would say in 1912, less than one year after first meeting House, "Mr. House is my second personality. He is... Read More
The unknown conservative
As depicted by mainstream pundits, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great president who transformed the U.S. government by enabling it to take an active role in providing for the welfare of the American people, thus uplifting the broad masses and mitigating the severity of the Great Depression. At one time liberals tended to assert that... Read More
Two cheers for Harding
Those who follow politics are hearing much talk about the possibility of Barack Obama's becoming the first black president of the United States. But if elected, Obama would probably be the second black president, with a much better claim for number one going to Warren Gamaliel Harding, who occupied the office from 1921 until his... Read More
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The prevalent view of World War II is that of the “good war”—a Manichaean conflict between good and evil. And a fundamental part of the “good war” thesis has to do with the entrance of the United States into the war as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. According to this view,... Read More
The America First Committee was the major anti-war group during the Roosevelt administration’s preparations for American entrance into World War II. There was nothing novel about its stance. The idea of putting American interests paramount and of staying aloof from overseas conflicts had been the traditional foreign policy of the United States from the time... Read More
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The Recent Confirmation of Soviet Espionage in America
In an apparent effort to illustrate political simple-mindedness, Carroll Quigley derisively wrote in his noted (at least by the John Birch Society) Tragedy and Hope, that the “same groups who were howling about Soviet espionage in 1948-1955 were also claiming that President Roosevelt expected and wanted Pearl Harbor.”[1] In a previous contribution to The Occidental... Read More
The Establishment defense of Franklin Roosevelt's policies leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor typically deals with key arguments of revisionists by ignoring them. That was certainly the case with the History Channel's recent documentary "Tora, Tora, Tora," and it seems to be reflected in the cinematic special-effects blockbuster "Pearl Harbor." The legend pushed... Read More
... with a little help from her friends
The recent brouhaha over Patrick Buchanan's interpretation of World War II differs markedly from what had been the central historical dispute between the adherents of revisionism and orthodoxy on the American entrance into the war. That dispute revolved around the motives of the Roosevelt administration. The American historical establishment never accepted the World War II... Read More
TIME's "Person of the Century" is a perfect choice
Albert Einstein has been named Time Magazine's "Person of the Century." I cannot evaluate Einstein's scientific work on the Theory of Relativity, but certainly he has always been placed head and shoulders above any other 20th-century scientist. His name has become synonymous with super-genius. However, Einstein has always had a favorable press because his leftist... Read More
A small part of a small section of Patrick Buchanan's new book, A Republic, Not an Empire, that deals with World War II has sent the media elite (and elite wannabes) into fits of hysteria not seen since the 1964 presidential campaign, when a yet-to-be-rehabilitated Barry Goldwater was depicted as a clinically insane Nazi out... Read More
Jews have been amazingly successful at survival. Living among hostile majorities, they have retained their ethnic identity and distinctive culture for millennia. And in many societies they have commanded considerable wealth and power. In contemporary Western society, the role of Jews in society is a non-topic in Establishment circles, considered too dangerous for open discussion.... Read More
Benjamin Ginsberg's The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State, which deals with the rise and fall of Jews in different societies, is an intellectual bombshell. A liberal American Jew who teaches political science at Johns Hopkins, Ginsberg makes observations about Jewish influence in government and society that would be deemed anti-Semitic if expressed by a... Read More
Of Myth and Reality
For over three decades Joseph R. McCarthy has been a central figure in liberal demonology. His name has become part of common parlance to mean the practice of making baseless accusations and engaging in the character assassination of innocent victims. According to the liberal McCarthy myth, his alleged witch hunts for Communists ruined the lives... Read More