Brett M. Decker

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  • Book Cover: Patrick J. Buchanan, Suicide of a Superpower

    DECKER: Buchanan: Take the China Test

    A review of Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?


  • DECKER: Three cheers for colonialism

    London-based financier Robert Agostinelli predicted to a mutual dining companion recently that I would only order Sapphire and tonic for pre-supper cocktails. "In his mind, drinking Bombay gin is one little way to help keep the Empire alive," the chairman of the Rhone Group explained, pointing out that a portrait of Queen Victoria adorns every bottle. And he was right. Seemingly minor habits mean a lot for the tweedy set that worships Evelyn Waugh, suffers to keep old Jaguars running and names their offspring after English monarchs.


  • DECKER: The world according to Belloc

    ''There never was a time ... when the mass of men had less to do with the way in which they were governed." This protest didn't come from some Tea Partyer in the Midwest frustrated at our out-of-control government. It was penned nearly a century ago by Hilaire Belloc, an Edwardian poet, historian, war chronicler, artilleryman, wayfarer, political essayist and sometimes member of the British Parliament. Belloc was a prototype for today's know-it-all celebrity pundits, with the exception that he really did know quite a lot regarding just about everything.


  • A Contest for Supremacy by Aaron L. Friedberg

    DECKER: The U.S.-China war: Hot or cold?

    A basketball game between Georgetown University and China's Bayi Rockets ended in a bench-clearing brawl last week. The altercation began with a cheap-shot foul by a Chinese player and ended with his teammates trying to bash Hoyas over the head with chairs. It's a fitting metaphor for the looming showdown between China and America: Beijing wants to beat us on the world stage and is willing to break every rule in the book to win.


  • DECKER: Co-opted by commies in China

    Rich Chinese are learning to love communism. The same goes for the rapidly growing middle class. This reality is beginning to shatter the illusions of Western democracies that have pursued hyper-engagement with Beijing under the hope that increased economic freedom would inspire the Chinese masses to demand more political freedom. It ends up that the opposite dynamic is in play.


  • Book cover: Bringing America Home by Tom Pauken

    DECKER: George W's evolving legacy

    Review of BRINGING AMERICA HOME: HOW AMERICA LOST HER WAY AND HOW WE CAN FIND OUR WAY BACK


  • Losing control: The emerging threat to Western prosperity

    DECKER: Ditching the dollar, a horror story

    A book review of LOSING CONTROL: THE EMERGING THREATS TO WESTERN PROSPERITY


  • TURKEY IN EUROPE: BENEFIT OR CATASTROPHE?

    DECKER: Cold Turkey for Europe

    Book review of TURKEY IN EUROPE: BENEFIT OR CATASTROPHE?


  • David Ortiz (34) of the Boston Red Sox protests the third strike called against him in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md., Tuesday, May 13, 2008. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox 5-4. (Peter Lockley / The Washington Times)

    DECKER: Not in the Pentagon closet

    Book Review of: AN AMERICAN KNIGHT: THE LIFE OF COLONEL JOHN W. RIPLEY, USMC


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