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Fri 4/25/14 Hr 1 JBS Michael Vlahos, Naval War College. Mona Charen, NRO. William Kent Suter, Hoover.

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Michael Vlahos, Naval War College. Mona Charen, NRO. William Kent Suter, Hoover.

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I'm John that services to John best solution. Good evening Cold War again. That is the metaphor that you can find common place now in Europe especially. In the United States because of Ukraine crisis. Certainly the headlines from Ukraine point to a breakdown in conversation. Literally between the Kremlin in Washington the Kremlin within these last hours announcing that it will cut off communication because of the new round of sanctions. Announced by the Obama administration. At the same time reports of violence are commonplace in Ukraine. Missing bodies -- bodies found in rivers. And now in the interim government in Kiev saying this could trigger world war three using that old metaphor from the first cold war in the twentieth century I set that here because we're moving on to more threatening headlines that are very much like the Cold War -- This one from East -- from North Asia. Within these last hours. A report in the south China morning post pointed to the total in North Korea associated with the third nuclear test last February 2013 being shot. Why does that mean matter because every time match totally shut in the past. That -- that signals there's about to be another nuclear test that nuclear test last. Last winter. Was associated with possibly the miniaturized warhead necessary to put on top of a missile to launch against your neighbors either in North Korea. Or in Iran because there were reports of Iranian officials. President the third test last winter perhaps president again and also arabians paying for the test last winter perhaps paying for it again we move -- -- what more headlines. In this chaos of the early 21 century. That is within these last days prime minister a day of Tokyo in a Japan. Sent an offering a tribute to a wartime shrine this is a shrine that is associated in Japan with a sacrifice. Of the Japanese army and navy. During the second war really all of the wars of the twentieth century and back however since the second war it's been associated with brutality and -- sadism of the Japanese army especially in China so everytime there is mention of this wartime shrine or visits by a prime minister in this case prime minister sending. Representatives and a tribute. That triggers very unhappy nerves in China and I know. That China has come has impounded a Japanese. Owned vessel within these last days said to be a seventy or eighty year old. Debt but in any event these two nations are at loggerheads have been since. A century now and it looks. That they could come to blows any time especially because Japan and China is especially aggressive its rich. And it is said it will not participate in a newly Kabul the cobbled together. Agreement before between all the nations of Asia participating in the navigation out there. To avoid conflict to see Michael play house of the Naval War College joins me now. Because these three instances I could go on I could go to the Middle East I could certainly mentioned disputes and and sub saharan Africa but I will stop with these. But these three instances suggests to me growing up of the Cold War. That this is what it's like that comes a weekend you've got to find something else to pay attention to because the world is chaos and threatening. And many of them have nuclear weapons Michael a very good evening to you. Does this not take us back to the 1950s and 1960s. Moscow vs the Washington. Everybody knew climbed and meantime in between our regional conflicts. Have we return to the past Michael or how police discovered something new about this feeling of peace that fell on us these last 20 years good evening Michael. -- Are we talking about the past as it was are we talking about. The powerful memories it's still cling -- no matter how -- -- of the past so even if we weren't. Sentient adults during the height of the Cold War we have -- the last. Memories of that aircraft that that -- the parents but for those of us who do remember the Cold War. From our parents going back another twenty years back in the 1930s we have memories. All of the sudden slide from the the peaceful sunny days of the 1920s. Into a new parked. In the 1930 leading World War II so there is this fan I think very powerfully embedded in the American America. Great tasks undertaken. Great missions well bill. Promise. A peace and and beneficent. You know happy time mr. -- in 1945. Broad some lit up plan in -- and and that promise of a kind of millennium after dark period in in great war. Suddenly being torn away ripped from -- am. And the new time of strife and turmoil. Succeeding it so that. After World War II for example Americans. Are we created the UN moment. Beautiful sunny days in San Francisco in the summer of 1945. The world has taken a new course for up again in the millennium. And after our. The fall of the Soviet Union we were told that was the end of history and that suddenly the world had become boring. Because it was now the you know unchallenged. Preserved. American democracy. And we should welcome that and and and so we were always a little sparkle and then. In our surprise -- we're and expected to read and deep anxiety. -- in the assurances fail and when it suddenly confronted. By a world that we have been told have been banished by history now returned. The world that we're in right now that Tony fourteen world. There is no way to prioritize these threats so I'll go back in order of how -- presented the Michael. The breakdown between Moscow and Washington to mind reading is the most unexpected. Is this the most threatening -- reading Michael. The the threat that we face today that are the most threatening aren't the threat simply put. Categorically. That are the most existential. Which is to say that eruptions. Of reclaiming of their identity is an existential. Draw. And we have not bone of existential. Commitment and investment. To counter them to return -- And we just don't. Want things to get worse we don't wanna be unhappy we don't want them to be happy that the very weak situation to happen it. In your consciousness. Likewise with the Chinese. It's existential. Dating need for Japan to symbolically. Submit to China and acknowledge the age old. Deference that they -- to the middle. Of the center of the world the world and able. The Japanese must do that then and only. As they do this and they possibly a home for and a way that the shame and pain that they inflicted on on China in World War II -- the Chinese and the Russians and symbolic ways that have. You know sadly from the military context very specific territorial underpinning right. And without Tennessee's. In Little Rock in the middle. Of the policy. And going on into places like Ukraine. These art -- Pieces of earth. Whose reclamation. Represented in the minds the collective minds of Russians and Chinese. Not just the fulfillment. Of a national renewal. But that the necessary. Element. Without whipped the nation cannot continue to exist. That this is why there are -- -- not because of any specific. Policies that might be undertaken or any kind you know actions although all of those are very. Important in a crisis context but because the actual living presence of these need some part of Russians and on the part of Chinese. Can only be alleviated. Through one single path being built either -- both. You've convinced me and when we come back I wanna lay out. What this means the -- and -- threat of Russia in Europe and the existential threat of China in East Asia. For the United States will be very specific about this would ask yourself why in the spring time. You look at the television he read the newspapers there is all this about American politics there's all this about our culture and our. Growth in the stock market but you're not watching. Very close coverage or even analysis. Of the threat of Russia the people of Eastern Europe. Presents a threat of China to Japan why not. Why is that outside of our reach Michael play us the Naval War College is here the -- as a result I'm John -- this is the John that's solution. John that's. John Baxter show Michael playoffs my colleague. Professor of history at the Naval War College views here zone and higher reflecting upon the chaos that we could list for you right now. In the world suddenly. And looking at why this reminds us of the Cold War why this reminds us of the 1930s why in our memory. We are comfortable. With his threat to the United States Michael I tell a quick story. This is a Irving Berlin and Kate Smith it's a movie. Made in 1943 or put up in 1943 is a wartime musical called this is the army and and there are Kate Smith report a performs god bless America. It's -- a song from Yip yap yap Hank. From the first war that Irving Berlin wrote nobody much cared about until Kate Smith -- all right now there's a scene in there that I always from our Ronald Reagan's in the movie by the way. Is seen and there are always remember mom and -- sitting on the set -- and mom this is selling dad's. Button. The button of course is attached to a military jacket dad has a mustache is a very distinguished looking man and across the room as the camera pans. We come to junior who's doing his homework young man's eighteen years seventeen years old very earnest but he looks company says will be in this yet. Okay that's the setup Michael is that where we are now Americans are not paying much attention some -- Not very many we turn away from what's going on and Eastern Europe we turn away from what's going on -- station. But will we'd be in this yet is that in our memory Michael that they call Los when they get in trouble. You know I've seen I've seen them. And it's a very powerful. Symbolic. Encapsulation. But how America and the world look to it wasn't because of Pearl Harbor although that was the proximate trigger. It got in the world -- to do well in. World war. And our involvement in it globally. Became the existential. Commitments. Surrounding the survival of our activities and that's how we got into World War II that feeling. Is very far away now and I'm not sure what would bring it to -- But it's very important to note that nearly 1930s Hitler came to where he got to be. As the Europe Germany because Germany felt in the 1930s. In terms of its existential need to reclaim. It's whole identity and to be renewed. Very much like China and Russia field today. That the comparison doesn't go any farther than. But at that existential level. There is a comparison. And for ought to be engaged. In them. Some kind of conflict with China or Russia we're gonna have to feel that needs at the very people level express symbolically in the -- In 1943. And I just don't see that right now we could get there. But what I see are limited needs -- China. And by Russia and frankly Russians can be salt. In a lot more of a limited way in the camp for China because. When you think about it and and think about it I mean Russia can be satisfied by -- It's imperial sphere in some -- not necessarily like conquest. That preferably for Putin not like congress but having that imperial here we asserted. So that Russia -- hole. Remember you know Ukraine was part of Russia has been part of -- in some form as long as there's been the United States. So that is gonna have to happen. Now with China. What they want that requires the submission and acquiescence. And Korea and Korea and the Philippines and writing -- not all of them yes. But they won't do it -- Japan won't do it and Korea won't do it and I'm most of all Japan. And so we're talking about existential vs existential that you ask me about the main threat. My biggest concern is still the United States getting sucked into a conflict with China because neither Japan China. Given it. And that is. All right let's go to gotta figure that out. I I take it and I leave it there will come back to it in subsequent months we have time Michael -- clock is ticking but we have time. I go to Eastern Europe right now the Baltic States I would say it's time to pay up your landlord and make other plants. Because the Baltic States are clearly in the target -- for Russia they need that buffer they demand that -- And when the Baltic States Lithuania Latvia and Estonia. We're invited into NATO that was a provocation we didn't notice that the time may be is profoundly is we showed them but I should notice -- now. Well Lithuania. Latvia and Estonia are. -- historically. By tradition but also culturally in terms of identity deeply distinct from Russia and they have not been. Connected. In the way is that Ukraine. To Russia and about it. I'm not arguing that I'm arguing imploding NATO into those three states put it out right at the border that close to Petersburg and Moscow. Well -- you could say it was a mistake but it unfortunately I have some personal sides here having had two Estonian naval officers as students. In the last two semesters. And talking with. And and and going over. The involvement. They estonians in World War II of their own fathers and grandfathers. You know I think we have to water should there gonna have to figure out a way. To prevent. A war happening there and I'm not sure what it will be but there's no backing down I mean. Britain and and certainly France had commitments to Czechoslovakia as Ebert calls well in ninety. And and and yet Chamberlain could say he's a -- A place far away of of which we know not which. Exactly what you could say now explains how old American Media cable television everywhere. Is not concerning itself. With the threats to eastern right you could say the same thing I'm not but there is no blamed -- that I know is no finger pointing here. I'm saying this is an historical analogy Americans come do this story slowly. Reluctantly. And Michael we had to be talked in the World War I we had to be talks in World War II in the cold or was we didn't volunteer for the Cold War fell upon us. And that's how it's happened three times in the twentieth century I'm gonna presume it's gonna happen here again in the 21 if that happens. Well I think you know my responses that we should trying to come to some kind of grand bargain. With with Russia so that it it has what it needs. But that doesn't go to the point that you're describing. Where you know some calamity multiple. Warsaw Warsaw Michael let's go to -- war so. Warsaw believes that he cannot survive. And if it's if it's abandoned by -- though that the United States. Or by NATO and I and -- there's reason for this historical reason it's between Germany and Russia what an uncomfortable place to be born far -- But Warsaw is a is a very strong member of NATO we've now dispatched. Troops I understand their nominal it's just adjust your body is in fact combat troops of the 173 airborne brigade to Poland. To Estonia to Latvia Lithuania that like that you could go to the map if you're Russian general encircle those three places and say OK that's on my checklist. Well you can't do -- eruption. And up Poland's. Back in the day and I'm talking eighteenth century and tell us exactly king of -- -- Apollo and now the biggest mistake Germany may have. In World War I and World War II was not embracing Poland. As Germany and bright ball in the it would have been as Victor and. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Thank you might you know I like it that we've got to come up with a grand bargain that moment. Right now has a military capabilities that the. -- -- -- -- Michael play as the Naval War College will continue this conversation I've -- it. I'm John -- This is John bachelor show. But to -- on writing for the national review online reviewing where we are in the war on women that's in quotes of course because the war on women is a term of art I don't know what the Democrats invented it but they certainly have been successful with these last is the Democratic Party nationally using the idea. That's the Republican Party is making war on women and therefore vote democratic. The results show clearly that Democrats are having success. Because unmarried women vote overwhelmingly. Ford democratic candidates. I think if you account for married women it's not so accurate but in any event war on women is a and once again a part of the campaign of Tony 14 -- very good evening to you I report to you that. Senator Udall in Colorado in April is putting up an ad attacking is a potential Republican rival and represented him. As a man who's against women and he uses abortion immediately talking about of Wright's choice free choice. And the language of language of the twentieth century actually. This seems very early to attack but then again here it is again war on women what do the polls tell us about war on women doesn't do well. Well be that poll predicts John I mean on the one hand you have the example Terry Collins in the state of Virginia. Who hit it seems very hard and was successful with that. Among other things -- -- which Natalie ran me -- and kind of lackluster campaigns so it's hard to say exactly that it was this. Or women rhetoric they did it from the policy but some. But there are other polling results that cast doubt on this team. For example in. What September 2012 pew asked women voters. To rank in order of importance that -- issues that we're going to determine their. And abortion ranked below health care education jobs. Medicare economy terrorism taxes foreign policy and the budget deficit. The only issue is that ranked lower for women where immigration and energy. Also without -- Kaiser poll after the 2012 election that showed that only 7%. Of those who voted for President Obama. Cited women's issues as important to their. So we can overstate and the Democrats are certainly tempting to overstate the degree to which. These so called women's issues or abortion contraception and so on are determined it is -- women's voting patterns. As you mentioned. Single women tend to vote very strongly democratic. But married women in these in 2012 and it has been consistent. Over the last several elections cycles married women tend to favor the Republican Party. Romney won 53%. Of married women into 112. All right so what do we make of this war on women felt what we say about abortion contraception and so forth but it does require an answer. Because. There's no reason that -- populations should sit still for this kind of argument that they are somehow opposed to women. The fact did it's actually. You know in most people don't realize this but you know American women are actually divided about equally between those. Who call themselves pro choice and those who say they're pro life. So that notion that Democrats are going to get tremendous traction by arguing for a dairy fairy extreme pro choice position namely. Should never have any restrictions of any kind of abortion may actually backfire on the Republicans are Smart enough to frame it properly. And you know the press which tends to be heavily leaned toward Democrats in in on the issue tends to frame questions. It's. You know world you know you know congressman or senator you opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest and admittedly those are those are hard cases for the Peru right side. But what I'd recommend in the columnist that Republicans acknowledge that to get those tough cases. But it's fewer than 2%. Of all the abortions that are performed annually in the United States involved. Situations of rape or incest and others are obviously tragic exceptions but my opponent and this is going to be true in most cases by opponents. Is is in favor of no restrictions on abortion. Even after the point of viability. Even if the babies accidentally born alive after a botched abortion. So just flipped it and show that Democrats have there extremist views on this too even if the practice not to cooperate with you and point that out. In 2014. If I followed correctly and the Democrats are hoping planning at least senator Udall is already indicating. That he believes that the euphemism women's health. Will dominate the conversation as opposed to. The family's -- which is about obamacare about social about social insurance. I've I've puzzle about it because it's scenes. I mean it's a really fine line they're drawing and I -- admired them for it but I wonder if anybody's -- by. If I understand correctly women always. Take into account the family's -- that would be necessary given. There are dominant position in and taking care of children raising children having children all of that so. Do we believe that abortion is now a us a boutiques story compared to the larger family story I wonder if it's gone through this transformation. Well John you make of really good point because so often people in the press in Washington believe that the voters are. You know they have the same views that they do and that they're very intensively used pro -- recently they are in. What we finally look at the polling is that even people who say they're pro choice and very comfortable with app restrictions on abortion after twelve weeks gestation. So you know it's as they say there there land -- here for for pushing too hard on the whole abortion question Democrats don't usually like to use the word abortion debate no it's not -- that they like to be used euphemisms like women's how the choice -- -- And and as you say you know its UK it -- it's Republican candidate is it's art. He will say yeah we should be concerned about women's health and Obama care is making it more expensive and more difficult to get health care in America. The puzzle also of course is and the debt and Republican Party avoid disastrous candidates as we've had in the last cycles. Mona right with their their work remarks made by men they I don't care to remind people what their names work. But the stage -- -- Missouri the state of Indiana that were were his remarks made. That showed no education whatsoever and political language it was just foolishness and that what I'm presuming is that the Republicans have learned from that I can't I don't get too far in front here. Right right it is. Republican Party but still. But still that was the success in the 2012. A cycle and even in the 2010 cycle that we're remarks made it. Were completely unnecessary. I do we believe do you believe the Republican Party has learned from those failures. Well I I hope so let me let me say that it and what I what I tried this same column is that the American voter even women voters. Who are sympathetic to Democratic Party they recoil from -- extremists and. And that is the job of Republican candidates is to show that there's extremism on the democratic side on the issues they get that usually gets passed over. By the press and to avoid the kind. Statement that that you and I are so familiar with -- couple that Kennedy -- throughout. And that position themselves in the in the broad middle which is where most Americans are even most Americans. It's virtually. Right now Mona do you believe to you measure this war on women talk I made an assumption I didn't ask you. As. Used as a distraction from the health care vote is that why senator do you -- is using it. They're there is no doubt. That that's what's going on they are if you look at what the democratic leadership has done it's almost as if there. If there's you know that expression in the dog whistle where they're there calling out to their various constituencies. In the you have. Steve Israel saying that Republicans are racist then you have. -- anti Pelosi making inflammatory comments you have Harry Reid going on about the Coke Brothers and saying that people are on American and yet that you have. The attorney general suggesting again it's racism and the war on women and so what they're doing they're hoping to generate. That passion among their most loyal. Constituents who -- unfortunately for the Democrats to sit out mid term elections. And so they're trying to gin up. Outrage in enough. Passions. But I think that history is against them. Democrats. Especially. African Americans and young women and so on him and not to vote in off year elections and the six. Mona chairman of the national review online I'm John -- this is John fashion show. -- Man. I'm John that's so this is the John maps to show the Supreme Court of the United States for recent cases all decided unanimously by the court. And decided against the argument of the administration. Puzzle what unites these four cases. I have had thankfully I welcome William Kent suitor bill suitor of visiting fellow at the Hoover institution. He has served in the united states army most recently had before his retirement he worked as the acting judge advocate general he's also worked as the a clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States bill of very good evening to you for cases all unanimous. I I hesitate to go very fast but I do find. From the summary that you publish a defining ideas for the Hoover institution. That these are identified his fundamental right so we'll begin with the first. -- in order of how you presented them -- senate -- evangelical Lutheran Church vs the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Of 2012 what's fundamental right good evening doubt. Good evening -- Other fundamental right here was the the First Amendment but he. Religion clauses the establishment clause and the has. The exercise clause congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof so. This essentially was a church. Trying to -- his own affairs until the government intruded. And the intrusion was steady and was a regulatory capture what it is. And he -- you'll see from -- opportunity commission filed suit against the church because essentially of its taking away the credentials of a called a teacher -- that you as a minister and a teacher. And she had -- due process hearing by the congregation and they rescinded her her title and her credentials as they as a minister. And there's always been the law will forever and ever of the ministerial exception that is. You can't -- somebody from because of their race and religion and so on and so forth go to church. -- select its own ministers an example would be. A woman can bring -- -- but she would lose -- against the Catholic Church demanded that she'd be at that preached. Of the government stays out of them because of ministerial exception which is recognized by all the circuit courts. And in this case the federal government. Took the position that there is no such thing as a minister exception I was rather surprised that -- it lost six he's done nothing. Bill is it true that when you get near the First Amendment the Supreme Court goes on high alert is that is that it general generalities that stands out. I certainly hope so. That's. It is a constitution. It -- erratic -- just -- because this seems so clear cut to me I'm wondering how whatever got to the Supreme Court but all right fine. United States vs Jones Tony twelve another fundamental right what is that. Well give it to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures and the Fourth Amendment. That have been. Courts have interpreted in many ways to basically. Police officer must have some reason or cause or suspicion -- to search you. And the question that case was not understood well by the media at all the media reported the case -- saying you know warrants to put a global positioning system GPS. On the go access suspects cart. Jones is not a very likable characters recent alleged drug dealer. But the they got a war to put Leo GPS on his car. But they put it on on the eleventh status and the intensity and put it on in Maryland -- -- DC recently could use this warrant. Group to the use the evidence seized by the GPS. The question in the case is very simple. Is it -- search. For the government to put a GPS. On John vessel -- car. And I thought the answer is pretty easy yes. And that's what the court held that position yes this is the search. I think the first ten people walking in any -- are about to tell -- that. Yes it again it seems very -- Florida and I'm beginning to get the flavor why these are unanimous okay. -- verses environmental I'm wondering with the lower courts are spending their afternoons doing. Sack -- Environmental Protection Agency what fundamental right to money twelve. The end of the right there used to be if they had to have to enjoy your own property. And then if the government is going to intrude somehow that you have some appeal some right to say look. You've sort of -- this faceless bureaucrats from the Environmental Protection Agency. You say -- lands wetlands which it was not. And you're depriving me of my property with the threat of a 37500. Dollar fine every day it was going to be posed with a -- a -- So the sword of damocles hanging over your head. As with a bright there was a right to enjoy your property level on. And second which they could do for years and went to a lot of expense and defend hiring a lawyer in the print and in this case. I'm told however that -- nonprofit organization took over and in this case for them thank god for non profits -- on both sides in this case. But -- here in the EPA told him there is no appeal. The district court in the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said he can't appeal this decision. So a person walks on your property and says it's a wetland. Quit building your house and Elsevier dreams by the way a little a lot that was two thirds of an acre. Al west. And there's no appeal. Well during the argument that case one justice and you mean this happened in the United States of America. It was just a Toledo he is a little quieter than that he was so he was for I was in the courtroom and he was pretty upset. Again McCord says of course you can appeal and administrative procedures act. So pretty cut and dried case. He had to have one appeal anyway somewhere along the line. If that that's what's the second family got. And the -- family is now relieved of what looks to well good heavens you know bill I mean I read these things for the first time and I'm thinking there was -- doubt spoke to if I yeah I just look at. Again I understand unanimous -- Arkansas game and fish commission -- the United States this sounds like a fish tale bill what happened. Yeah fish it's it's officially case. But in in this case the there -- A project and Arkansas. And the federal government have released water of the corps of engineers to an Army Corps of Engineers. Release water that flooded -- of land and -- the timber. And of course Arkansas then simultaneously this -- that you destroyed. And this is under the Fifth Amendment in the fifth amendment's most people say I took the Fifth Amendment was says more than something about a confession in the Fifth Amendment says there will be no taking. For the public. Use without just compensation. So they can. Destroy your home they're gonna build highways or so or something like simply have to pay and nearly destroyed the property and it wouldn't pay. And the government's defense -- well as well it was only a limited taking. Again that some people almost laughable but of course they lost the cases that you've got to pay -- a lot of money. I would I really what I outages a limited taking they flooded they to woodlands and it was damaged and then the floods receded and so the -- the state is arguing that was limited and we don't. We're not expose a federal government sentence that was it was the taking and we didn't take your proper. It was just limited taking. IC and the damage what remained afterwards after the flood rescinded so it was all. It was a -- slut for a corps of engineers released the water. And discipline so it was a taking of the probably wasn't a financial disaster. The corps of engineers had a plan this plan says it does sometimes we might have to release the water which could have been caused the damage. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- In the in his the Second Amendment in the -- five point seven million dollars or not talk about two trees here. This is is a lot of money. So -- the government -- -- wasn't gonna take you as a limited taking you work your day your car and -- -- heavier car I have your card you don't have it. -- taking is it taking Wright's mistake -- picking -- and circulatory. Aren't for unanimous decisions I did not have to go to law school who understand the common sense of any of them so the administration what is your thinking about why they argued these cases is that. They just get a paycheck no matter what so they go to the -- I don't know I think I have a I have a high regard for our federal government and for the solicitor general's office which. Will -- was solicitor general calls the shots of these cases but. The solicitor general has a boss and Abbas has called the attorney general in the attorney general has a -- the president and the president as a boss and that's called unique. But the buck does stop him so somewhere along the lions -- the lawyers decided in the east in the sort cases we can win the east and we should take him on that. Again I'm I'm very I was surprised but not surprised -- the result in the cases that losing four as you mentioned one term unanimously. You can anyone vote. -- something's amiss here. Remember this as the court is supposed to be divided five to four or afford afford one between two partisan factions and these were unanimous decisions. You know that the media academia tell us so all the time but about 40% of all Supreme Court decisions are unanimous. About 60% our our seven to two very two lines. When you read about you know the ones that are newsworthy -- sometimes they're 524 election should be case that came down this week. These so called affirmative action proposition two at Michigan. Was it was a substitute decision but it's little more complicated than it. -- the unanimous decisions these four unanimous decisions looked to me like of the Supreme Court did its job pretty easily those days William -- -- Visiting fellow at the Hoover institution he served as the nineteenth clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States. For decades two decades over twenty years. He was also a major general the united states army retiring as acting judge advocate general I'm John bachelor this is the John about --

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