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These two articles provide a welcome, albeit alarming meta-view of where we find ourselves as a nation. Both are absolute must-reads:

Norman Podhoretz: “Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure: The president may look incompetent on Syria. But his behavior fits his strategy to weaken America abroad.”

As a left-wing radical, Mr. Obama believed that the United States had almost always been a retrograde and destructive force in world affairs. Accordingly, the fundamental transformation he wished to achieve here was to reduce the country’s power and influence. And just as he had to fend off the still-toxic socialist label at home, so he had to take care not to be stuck with the equally toxic “isolationist” label abroad.

Andrew C. McCarthy: “What Conservative Foreign Policy Looks Like: Neither John McCain nor Rand Paul get it right.”

In the Syrian rubble of Barack Obama’s foreign policy lies a moment of opportunity for conservatives. It is a moment for building a muscular foreign policy based on a recognition of good and evil; on an unapologetic conviction that the United States stands firmly on the right side of that ledger because it stands for the liberty and equal dignity of every human being; and, therefore, on an unwavering commitment to have our interventions guided solely by American national interests.

It is a Ronald Reagan moment. Now, all we need is a Ronald Reagan. For now, we have only pretenders, split into two camps.

These are truly perilous times–not just for America, but for the future of Western Civilization.

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