President Trump has been a wildcard president so far — easily irritable, unpredictable and often openly defying norms of governance. But, his foreign policy has largely continued the status quo.
Writing in the most recent issue of Foreign Affairs, Elliott Abrams, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, argues the Trump regime is “not a revolutionary administration.” In fact, he believes, “The broad lines of its policy fits easily within the last few decades […] his foreign policy has been remarkably unremarkable.” Everything from his cabinet appointments and his backtracking on NATO, to his attitude on China and his missile strike in Syria, points to an abandonment of his anti-establishment rhetoric from the campaign.
But there’s another trend at work in the Trump administration, too: decision-making at the Pentagon has been pushed further down the chain of command to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the military commanders below him. In a break from liberal tradition, power is actually being shifted away from the president. This not only has bad practical consequences, but risks setting a precedent that could change the nature of our institutions. The military could end up as essentially an autonomous agent, setting policy without public debate. This means military actions would be free of any political accountability.
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Chinese UC San Diego students felt the Tibetan spiritual leader contravened the spirit of respect, tolerance, equality, and earnestness
Rather than the usual hullabaloo over Charles Murray, Ann Coulter, and Milo Yiannopoulos, the subject of student ire this Saturday at University of California, San Diego, was none other than the Dalai Lama.
Despite the similarity in rhetoric, the protesters weren’t liberals offended by a provocative right-wing speaker, but Chinese students—the passage above is from the Chinese Students and Scholars Association—who see the Tibetan spiritual leader as a separatist political figure who threatens their culture and governance.
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Stephen Kent of Young Voices joined The Pat & Stu Show on TheBlaze to talk about Megyn Kelly’s interview of Alex Jones, the Get Me Roger Stone documentary on Netflix, Star Wars and why confronting fake news is the only way to discredit it.
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Free speech advocate & Harvard graduate student, Natalie Le, joins Tyler Cralle to discuss the ongoing problem of college and universities trying to shut down free speech.
They also what impact the latest SCOTUS ruling on free speech might have on the debate on campus, and the difference between public and private universities.
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Dan King joins 710 WOR (NYC) to speak with Joe Bartlett about the proliferation of Stingray technology for broad surveillance. The original intent was for foreign terror investigations but it has become a tool for homeland monitoring as well as immigration enforcement.