Well, here we are. Ted Cruz is out. John Kasich is out. The last electoral hurdles standing before Donald J. Trump have fallen. It is now certain that Mr. Trump will be the Republican nominee for the presidency of the United States. It has been a long and torturous process, full of angst and in-fighting within the Republican-party ranks. Name-calling, wild accusations, and hyperbolic vitriol have been the currency of the realm, much to the chagrin of many of the moderate persuasion.

The Republican Party seems to be in a shambles. Some—Newt Gingrich, Joe Scarborough, Sean Hannity, Fox News Channel, and others—appear to be arrayed on the side of Trump. More will follow now that he is certain to be the nominee. Others—George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Stuart Stevens, John Podhoretz, Ben Sasse, and more—stand firmly within the “Never Trump” ranks. A standoff looks likely. This author would be surprised if the party reaches real unity before November’s election.

That said, what the hell do I know? I predicted Trump would never be the GOP nominee. I take scant comfort in finding myself within the ranks of the many commentators who have been wrong this election year.

This author is acutely aware that many of you SOFREP readers do not want us—the writers—to delve into politics. I get that. You do not come here for politics. That is understandable. However, we do have strong opinions about the candidates, and we also care deeply about policy. We especially care about foreign and military policy, and you all do come here for that, I hope. So, policy is where we shall go today. There will be no personal attacks, nor snide remarks. Go to my Twitter feed for those.