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John Guardiano
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      John Guardiano

      John R. Guardiano is a writer and analyst in Arlington, Virginia. He writes and blogs for a variety of publications, including FrumForum, the American Spectator and The Daily Caller. Follow him at his personal blog,, and on Twitter: @Rescon1.

The debate audience didn’t boo the soldier

11:37 AM 09/23/2011

So, some members of the audience at last night's Republican presidential debate booed after a gay soldier asked the GOP candidates whether they would reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Obama’s profile in passivity

12:43 PM 08/03/2011

Italy did more than any other country to save Jews from the Holocaust. (Franklin Roosevelt’s administration, by contrast, shamefully turned away Jewish refugees and refused to grant them asylum.)

The legacy media’s upside-down world

4:25 PM 07/22/2011

Conservatives are used to having the political playing field tilted against them. The (predominantly) liberal media and the iron triangle of congressional staff, government programs and professional left-wing interest groups pretty much ensures that our public discourse skewers left. But rarely have the terms of our debate been as upside down as they are now.

In defense of pay-to-play journalism

12:05 PM 06/17/2011

Former Bush speechwriter and FrumForum editor David Frum derides what he calls “the conservative media’s pay-to-play deals.” But if I didn’t know better, I’d say David is simply jealous that conservative talk radio hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh, have pioneered a financially lucrative business model, which we’d all do well to emulate.

Mitch Daniels’ ‘truce’ talk still a big problem

11:33 AM 05/17/2011

Has Mitch Daniels’ call for a “truce” on social issues been vindicated? Now that Daniels has signed into law legislation that will stop taxpayer money from going to Planned Parenthood, some people seem to think so. (Planned Parenthood is one of the world’s largest sponsors of abortions.) But color me skeptical. It seems clear that Indiana’s new pro-life legislation got to Daniels’ desk in spite of his “truce” and not because of it.

The problem with Mitch Daniels

7:09 PM 05/05/2011

I’ve gotten a fair amount of blowback from Mitch Daniels fans who are indignant that I wrote a piece here on Tuesday arguing that Indiana’s wonkish governor isn’t yet ready to be president.

Mitch Daniels isn’t ready to be president

3:40 PM 05/03/2011

Over at the American Spectator, John Tabin states what should be obvious to most conservatives: Mitch Daniels most certainly will not run for president. His stunning and telling silence about defense and foreign policy -- which has been well captured over the course of the past year by Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin -- suggests that Daniels isn’t a serious or credible candidate.

The wrong mission

12:02 PM 04/29/2011

The Washington cognoscenti love Leon Panetta, the man Obama just nominated to be the new secretary of defense, and it is not hard to understand why: Panetta is one of them, an establishment figure who faithfully reflects the conventional wisdom; a loyal party apparatchik who will do his president’s bidding; and, most importantly, a man fully prepared to make Obama’s vision of a dramatically downsized U.S. military a reality.

Labor leaders must renounce violence

4:26 PM 03/10/2011

The American labor movement has always had a violent undertow. Union violence has taken hundreds of lives in the past century, and even a pro-union 1969 report on preventing violence in America acknowledged that “the United States has had the bloodiest and most violent labor history of any industrial nation in the world.”

Why is the GOP AWOL on democracy promotion?

4:12 PM 03/04/2011

Conservatives often act as if the United States is a bystander to history. For example, they say that we’ll have to wait and see what happens in Egypt and Libya, the Middle East and North Africa. If the revolutionary uprisings there turn out well, great. But if not, well, we told you so!

The media has given birth to the Egyptian revolution

8:07 PM 02/03/2011

The Mubarak regime’s crackdown on the media -- both the traditional, legacy press and the new, Internet-based social media (i.e., Twitter and Facebook) -- is absolutely wrong and deplorable, but not surprising. As I mentioned in a FrumForum piece on Sunday, “journalists are an integral part of the news. And their reporting, especially today, has real-world political consequences.”

It’s time for Obama to champion the freedom agenda

6:20 PM 01/28/2011

Earlier this week, after the State of the Union address, I wrote a piece explaining why Obama should be thanking Bush for bequeathing to him a set of defense and foreign policies that, by and large, have been successful, and which, for the most part, he has adopted.