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American Recessional

Maire Wrote: Feb 28, 2013 7:49 PM
Why has John Brennan kept his conversion to Islam a secret? Guandolo writes. "The reason appears to be self evident. … Mr. Brennan’s conversion to Islam was the culmination of a hostile campaign by the Saudi foreign intelligence service. … Someone who has been recruited by a foreign government has necessarily demonstrated he is susceptible to easy manipulation by others and should certainly not lead the CIA, America’s premier intelligence agency.”

Republicans and Democrats are blaming one another for impending cuts to the defense budget brought about by sequestration. But with serial annual deficits of $1 trillion-plus and an aggregate debt nearing $17 trillion, the United States -- like an insolvent Rome and exhausted Great Britain of the past -- was bound to re-examine its expensive overseas commitments and strategic profile.

The president's nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary was a sort of Zen-like way of having a Republican combat veteran orchestrate a reduced military. In fact, Barack Obama has nurtured a broad and diverse constituency for his neo-isolationist vision. Budget...