Joseph Duggan

About Joseph Duggan

Joseph Duggan is the author of Khashoggi, Dynasties, and Double Standards (Encounter). He is a former White House speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush and a former Reagan State Department appointee, as well as an international business and public affairs consultant. He lives in St. Louis.

A Love Story for the Ages: Biden and the ‘Interagency Process’

It is a familiar story. The New York Times, the Washington Post and presidential candidate Joe Biden assailed the Republican president as reckless in his conduct of relations with Moscow. They were incensed that the president had not followed what Biden, the permanent government (i.e., the administrative state), and the mainstream media considered to be

By | 2020-02-02T17:37:55-07:00 February 2nd, 2020|Tags: |

The Vindman Twins Are Creatures of John Bolton

During his four decades as an accumulator of power in the nation’s capital, a holder of high offices in the State Department, and finally a stint as President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton has been well known for his scrupulous attention to the hiring and firing of his staff. He always has demanded unwavering

By | 2020-01-31T00:13:01-07:00 January 30th, 2020|Tags: |

It’s Time for Civilian Control of the State Department

Consumers of the corporate leftist media’s political coverage have heard a drumbeat of reports that an honorable, highly capable, long-serving diplomat recently was driven from office following a vicious, conspiracy-driven smear campaign by dishonest, shameless partisans who leaked misleading stories to the media, generally abused power, and disregarded the constitutional chain of authority. What the

By | 2019-12-01T11:56:44-07:00 November 29th, 2019|Tags: |

Quagmires Won’t Make America Great Again

What should President Trump do in response to the surprise attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure? Let’s first be clear about what not to do. The president should avoid doing anything urged by the war-hungry wing of the Republican Party⁠—Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.), Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) and their like. Trump was right to oppose their policies

By | 2019-09-18T22:39:04-07:00 September 17th, 2019|Tags: |

Jeane Kirkpatrick’s Realism: Still Relevant After 40 Years

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jeane Kirkpatrick’s essay, “Dictatorships and Double Standards,” an astute critique of what was then the United States foreign policy establishment’s outlook. On reading the essay, anti-establishment Republican Ronald Reagan invited the Georgetown University political science professor and lifelong Democrat to become a senior foreign policy advisor

By | 2019-05-04T21:07:05-07:00 May 3rd, 2019|

Does Free Speech Have a Prayer in Catholic Grade Schools?

ST. LOUIS—In the desolation of this weary old city, St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church and School appeared as an oasis. The parish stands in the middle of one of the few recovering inner-city neighborhoods in St. Louis. Four years ago, it became the first St. Louis inner-city Catholic school in more than

By | 2019-03-23T17:06:13-07:00 March 23rd, 2019|

Mugged by a Foe of Reality

President Trump enjoys strong grassroots Republican voter support for his campaign promise to move United States foreign policy away from the interventionism exemplified by the Bush-Cheney years. Finding support for that promise among voters was one thing. Finding it among the Republican foreign policy clerisy and GOP establishment officeholders is another matter. Often

By | 2019-03-12T19:36:16-07:00 March 12th, 2019|

Generalísimo Rubio Needs Refresher on Just War Criteria

The Republican Party establishment is extremely sensitive to Rep. Steve King’s alleged transgressions against political correctness. King stumbled into the clutches of intraparty opponents by appearing to confirm their “narrative” that his hardline immigration posture equates with “white supremacy.” Even Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell got into the act of denouncing King before the House

By | 2019-02-25T15:43:24-07:00 February 25th, 2019|

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