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Buchanan: Is Afghanistan a failed mission?

As in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973, the year our prisoners of war came home, America did not lose a major battle in Afghanistan.Yet we did not win the war. South Vietnam was lost.And contrary to the message awaiting President George W. Bush when he landed on the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which ...

Barone: Both parties fail to respond to signals in the political marketplace

I like to apply free market analysis to American politics. Within established laws, politicians compete for votes and are rewarded for maximizing voters’ preferences. As in economics, there are sometimes market failures, but mostly the system seems to be self-regulating.This sounds nice, but ...

Harrop: Is Naomi Osaka brave or a publicity hog?

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka is the world’s best-paid female athlete. She made an estimated $60 million last year. The 23-year-old is on top of the tennis world, but is her refusal to honor the rules set by that world justified?Osaka recently declined to attend a post-game news conference as ...

Stossel: Big business loves big government

Politicians say they pass laws to “protect Americans from big business.”People like hearing that. Many don’t like big business.Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that those laws often help big business while hurting consumers.“Big business and big government are not enemies like ...

Goldberg: Recalls are the only option when there’s one-party rule

It’s on. California will vote on whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 14.I am deeply conflicted on the question. I am opposed to recalls on principle. In 2003, I was one of the few conservatives to oppose the recall of then-governor Gray Davis. My reasoning hinged on what you might ...

Lowry: Republicans should abandon the bipartisan infrastructure deal

So far, the bipartisan infrastructure deal is going through the normal life cycle of such proposals — alive, dead, revived, uncertain.For Republicans, the best answer should be dead.They have nothing to gain by blessing a portion of President Joe Biden’s spending plans, when an ungodly ...

Harrop: On the economy, Texas should not mess with California

A funny thing happened on the way to California’s collapse. It didn’t happen.We keep hearing that the Golden State is going down, down, down. Last year, it suffered the first drop in population since records have been kept. And there’s that parade of natural plagues — the droughts, ...

Stossel: The right to bear arms

Would carrying a gun make you feel safer?Robert Nash and Brandon Koch thought so. But the state of New York denied them gun permits, saying they hadn’t demonstrated a “special need.”Why did they have to prove such a “need”? The Supreme Court ruled more than 10 years ago that ...

De Rugy: Infrastructure insanity

In the event that a group of U.S. senators cannot agree on committing enough money to a bipartisan infrastructure plan, Democrats are reportedly considering a $6 trillion plan of their own. It would probably be best described as a package full of progressive items wrapped in magical thinking ...

Buchanan: The return of ‘law and order’

On Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President and former police captain Eric Adams took the lead in the New York mayoral race with 32% of the Democratic primary vote, 10 points more than progressive Maya Wiley, who had the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.How did Adams beat the elite? Said ...