Published September 5, 2013
Syria and the Red Line
In “The Frightening Truth About Syria’s WMDs,” EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz argues that President Obama “drew his red line in the wrong place” and that the “risk of chemical-weapons proliferation has now significantly increased.”
EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner asks why “the moral outrage we’re hearing over the atrocities in Syria” has suddenly erupted over the use of chemical weapons, when Bashar al-Assad’s regime has for years “inflicted mass atrocities as a matter of policy.” Mr. Wehner also appeared last week on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss possible military action.
A Better Approach to Health-Care Reform
EPPC scholars continue to lead the way in articulating principled arguments against Obamacare, and in proposing thoughtful, conservative alternatives.
EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin explains in a Weekly Standard essay that the problems that have emerged during Obamacare’s implementation have not only intensified public debate over health-care reform—they have undercut proponents’ entire case for the law.
And EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta lays out a detailed alternative for replacing Obamacare’s “flawed model” of Medicare accountable care organizations. Mr. Capretta also appeared on Fox News’ Special Report to discuss the changes that Americans can expect to see once the implementation of Obamacare begins.
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President Obama has appointed EPPC Senior Fellow Bruce Cole to serve on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Dr. Cole, a member of the board of advisers for the National Civic Art Society and former National Endowment for the Humanities chairman, has been a leading critic of Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial.
No Mere Academic
In an essay remembering the late political philosopher Kenneth Minogue, EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton recalls Minogue as “an articulate theorist” who “willingly and enthusiastically joined the battle” against the advance of statist ideology. Read more>>
Civil War Sesquicentennial
In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel recommends several books that remind us that many of the issues that fueled the conflict “are alive and deeply contested today.” Read more>>
Obama’s Long List of Broken Promises
Time and again, President Obama has deployed empty claims to “construct his own narrative to fit his own needs,” and EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner has assembled an extensive catalogue to show that no other president has “devalued his words quite so much, in quite so many ways.” Read more>>
And Baby Makes Four
Britain has approved new technologies that will enable “the creation of human embryos with three genetic parents.” Brendan Foht, assistant editor of EPPC’s New Atlantis journal, argues that the qualms we feel about such practices may help illuminate deeper problems with “arrangements that split apart the various biological and social aspects of parenthood.” Read more>>
Weigel: Living Inside the Bible
A stunning depiction of the Stations of the Cross in the Polish village of Pasierbiec embodies “the idea that we can, and should, imagine ourselves living inside the biblical story,” observes EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel. Read more>>
Obama’s Secret Weapon: Henrietta Lacks
Colleges are increasingly using “common reading” assignments to “advance left-wing political narratives,” warns EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz, and the widespread use of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks offers a case study in how colleges foist a political agenda on students while devaluing classic literature. Read more>>