Category Archives: History

George Mason’s Buckley wishes Constitution Day were Sept. 3

George Mason University law professor F.H. Buckley, a recent John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society speaker, explains for National Review Online readers why he would have preferred to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 3, rather than Sept. 17. Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago the Framers devised the wisest constitution then known to man. That wasContinue Reading

No, Obama isn’t much like FDR

Noemie Emery‘s latest Washington Examiner column pours cold water on the notion that President Obama’s recent actions follow the lead of a venerated 20th-century wartime president. How does one turn President Obama’s admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria into a net positive forContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler about The King’s Trouble Makers, his book about Edenton’s role in early American history. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal explains how recent changes in air travel are likely to affect smaller N.C. airports.

Ezra Klein vs. George W. Bush on Iraq

Jamie Weinstein of the Daily Caller turns the clock back to 2007 to review the contrasting perspectives of two observers of contemporary developments in Iraq. As you might remember, 2007 was the year Bush went “all in” in Iraq by ordering a surge in troop levels and implementing a new strategy led by General DavidContinue Reading

Barone wonders whether the president still clings to delusions

Michael Barone‘s latest column at Human Events suggests that President Obama continues to cling to some harmful delusions that are contradicted by historical evidence. … [O]ne hopes that, as Obama left the fundraiser trail and headed to NATO ally Estonia and the NATO summit in Wales, he arrived stripped of the delusions he carried intoContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that parents whose children won new N.C. opportunity scholarships are moving ahead with private school options, despite a judge’s decision to block the scholarships. The Daily Journal reviews a new book about the importance of a 1986 Reykjavik, Iceland, summit in ending the Cold War.

Reykjavik’s role in ending the Cold War

Few, if any, observers expected that a weekend trip to Iceland in October 1986 could play a pivotal role in ending the Cold War. But the two days of arms control negotiations in Reykjavik featuring American President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, planned as a prelude to a larger summit in WashingtonContinue Reading

Hanson pans the president’s sense of history

Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column at National Review Online takes aim at President Obama’s poor grasp of history. President Obama doesn’t know much about history. In his therapeutic 2009 Cairo speech, Obama outlined all sorts of Islamic intellectual and technological pedigrees, several of which were undeserved. He exaggerated Muslim contributions to printing and medicine, forContinue Reading