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Will: China may help shape future of U.S. Navy

By George Will August 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the "near seas," meaning China's seas. The episodes involving aircraft are relevant to one of Adm. Jonathan Greenert's multiplying preoccupations — CUES, meaning Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea.

Will: Government control is out of control

By George Will August 24, 2014 6 a.m.

In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity.

Will: What's worth fighting for?

By George Will August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry was nonplussed: "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext." If, however, Vladimir Putin is out of step with the march of progress, where exactly on history's inevitably ascending path (as progressives like Kerry evidently think) does Kerry, our innocent abroad, locate the Islamic State?

Will: Nixon's long shadow, 40 years after his resignation

By George Will August 10, 2014 6 a.m.

At about 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: "I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it."

Will: Aim for conservative view

By George Will August 3, 2014 6 a.m.

With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. It defends itself. Affirmations of Israel's right of self-defense are followed by accusations that Israel's military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish arsenals.

Will: Kashkari is California's Goldwater 2.0

By George Will July 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. His agenda, however, was to change his party's national brand.

Will: Court cuts leftists' grip

By George Will July 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Two 5-4 decisions on the final decision day of the Supreme Court's term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today's progressives. One demonstrated how progressivism's achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures social strife and can do so in ways politically useful to progressives. The other arose from government coercion used to conscript unwilling citizens into funding the progressives' party.

Will: Sacrificing Constitution for unanimity

By George Will July 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Even when Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, the justices can be fiercely divided about fundamental matters, as was demonstrated by two recent 9-0 rulings.

Will: Mississippi has appetite for pork

By George Will June 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Chris McDaniel, 41, the flawed paladin of the Tea Party persuasion who in Mississippi's Republican Senate primary failed to wrest the nomination from the faltering hands of six-term incumbent Thad Cochran, 76, came into politics after a stint in talk radio. There, practitioners do not live by the axiom that you don't have to explain something you never said, and McDaniel had some explaining to do about some of his more colorful broadcast opinions and phrases, which may have given a number of voters pause about whether he is quite senatorial, whatever that means nowadays.

Will: War interested in U.S.

By George Will June 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Two hundred and nine years after Marines visited those shores, dispatched by President Thomas Jefferson to punish Barbary pirates for attacking U.S. vessels in the Mediterranean, Marines are again in that sea, poised to return. If they are sent ashore, their mission will be to rescue U.S. citizens from the consequences of U.S. policy. Then they might have to do the same thing in Baghdad.

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