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For Hillary Clinton and her terminally unfaithful husband, last week must have seemed like a Wes Craven version of an old musical comedy reworked and entitled 'A Ghastly Thing Happened on the Way Back to the White House.'
With Hillary leading in most polls as the prohibitive favorite to... More
When I read that Al Gore was riding high on the consulting circuit and putting together a glossy documentary on global warming, I thought back to the night in early 1992 when I was in the audience with about 100 other members... More
[Catch—22: A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions.]
John Kerry may fancy himself a... More
You've got to hand it to the anti—war zealots on the left: No matter the venue, no matter the inappropriateness of time and place, they manage to show up and bark at the moon or the sun or anyone who will listen.
The weekend before last, the Detroit Conference of the United... More
As a boy of four in '44 I missed out on his style;
But at thirty—six in '76 I learned more of Ernie Pyle.
To read his tributes to our troops always brought the question why,
That my own war's correspondents didn't hold our troops as high.
I'd witnessed acts of... More
It was originally called Decoration Day. In 1868 the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans led by Major General John A. Logan, established it as a day set aside for placing flowers at the graves of war dead. The first major observance of what came to be known as... More
Ordinarily, being named 'Rat of the Year' would seem a dubious honor. However, members of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, also known as the Red River Valley Association or RRVA, call themselves 'River Rats.' To be named River Rat of the Year and get a standing ovation from this... More
Five years into the War on Terror, the debate on our relationship with Islam remains on the level of 'Nuke 'em all' on one hand or 'Islam is the religion of peace' on the other. It never gets beyond those two points. Muslims are either soulless, robotic killers or big—eyed PC waifs. There... More
Strategic thinking —— roughly speaking, the art of using history and theory to grapple with today's security challenges —— is in decline in the U.S. defense community. Cutbacks in military education only compound the problem. Last year, in fact, Secretary of Defense... More
Conventional wisdom says that the Republicans are in real danger of losing one, if not both Houses of Congress this November. There has been a never—ending stream of bad political news for the President and his party since last year—the Libby—Plame affair (with the real target... More
A few days ago, I was fortunate to receive an invitation to hear Israeli Prime minister Ehud Olmert address a rare joint session of Congress. (the full text of the speech can be found here)
Occasions that merit a joint session of Congress are very... More
In a stunning act of treachery against the American people, the Senate has set the stage to plunder America's Social Security system and give the spoils to illegal immigrants. The phony 'compassion' of liberalism is on display and the dive—by media and its allies remain silent.... More
The world is captivated by the sudden rise of a relatively unknown to the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for his torrent of outrageous statements and claims. He has, thus, in a short time acquired great many appellations. He is viewed as zealot, fascist, fanatic, anti—Semitic,... More
In its plan to station National Guard troops on the border to help stem the tide of illegal immigration, the Bush administration is ignoring a decades—old problem in the southwestern US. Part and parcel of the chaos in the desert is the transnational narco—terrorist... More
In late summer of the year 1912, after much heated debate, Congress finally passed the comprehensive 'Aquatic Safety Law.' The legislation was developed in response to the horrific sinking of the British steamship Titanic after it collided... More
It is very scary to think about the unthinkable. Liberals are therefore all over the media trying to rationalize the nuclear threat coming from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his merry Mullahs. Paul Starobin just had such an
Controversy still swirls over allegations that Iran's government plans to require non—Muslims to wear identifying clothing. The Canadian National Post has
In recent years, former President Jimmy Carter has shown a growing animosity toward Israel. Just this past January, at the Herzliya Conference, President Carter must have astounded his audience when he declared that 'you can't have a Palestinian state living in peace and dignity if it is... More
Something frighteningly ominous has been happening on the Internet lately: Google, without any prior explanation or notice, has been terminating its News relationship with conservative e—zines and web journals.
At first blush, one can easily ignore such business decisions by the... More
Chicago, the most ebulliently American of our big cities, is seeing a great reversal of fortune in baseball, the American national pastime. The White Sox, scandalized as the "Black Sox" almost a century ago, the team of the downscale Southside, has emerged from the doghouse and won a World... More
There have been many political candidates who were willing to say or do just about anything to get elected. It's one of the reasons why politicians are so often rated below used car salesmen in public opinion surveys.
On Sunday's This Week program, ABC's George Stephanopoulos... More
Part One may be read here.
The Iranian Majlis or Parliament has reportedly
You live at Number 1 Constitution Street. It is a lovely white house, quite something more than the cottage you had when first wed. There are no barriers between you and your peaceful neighbors.
You live a quiet life with the wife and children, a lazy cat, and a playful... More
Aggressive Islam is on the march. Terror attacks; violent protests over cartoons; many pushes to establish Islamic courts in Europe and Canada; demands to silence free speech, to criminalize criticism of the messenger of Allah; the President of Iran threatening to wipe Israel off the map, and... More
The Libby case has always tantalized the left with its imagined scent of corruption in the White House. Libby himself was a highly—placed target, but the blood lust raged for a bigger name. The left was gnawing their paws at the growing realization that Karl Rove probably won't be... More
The hearings to confirm General Michael Hayden as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency have had some unintentional effects. The culpability of Congress in what almost all observers agree is the dysfunctional nature of our intelligence community is on view. It is evident that Congressional... More
Hirsi Ali has become a cause celebre among American conservatives as a refugee from Islamic oppression. Sympathy has led to an uncritical assignment to her of virtue. Please consider the facts.
Yes, the Dutch politician Hirsi Ali is... More
In yesterday's American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord argued that "[e]lections are about paradigms, not presidents," and predicts that Republicans won't lose control of Congress this year because a "conservative paradigm"... More
[Editor's Note: the following unsigned letter came into our hands by accident. We do not sympathize with or take responsibility for its content or the views expressed therein. We are publishing this letter because of the world—wide interest in the opening of the movie The Da Vinci... More
Among the tiny handful of Americans who still clung to the illusion that President Bush might want to truly address and correct the illegal immigration crisis, it only took the first moments of his May 15 speech to dispel all hope. Though conceding, seemingly for the first time, that the... More
We have two fine literary examples of trials occasioned by charges of interracial rape: To Kill a Mockingbird and
Why should Hamas care if its irredentist terrorism kills or causes Israel to kill innocent civilians?
If one looks at the existential Palestine—Israel struggle as Hamas looks at it, it is obvious that Hamas is winning. Not only did it prevail in the Gaza elections, but it watches... More
Brandeis University has created a special relationship with the Arab Palestinian al—Quds University, a partnership which it says will 'make the world a better place.' This is a pathetic gesture, one which blinds the recognition of... More
There are two distinct types that end up on top after a revolutionary—insurgency victory: intellectuals who can double as men of action, and thugs.
The first —— the thinkers who can handle themselves in a brawl —— are typified by Lenin, Hitler, and... More
Let me ask you a question: are you making phone calls that you would be ashamed of if the government knew about them? Think about the phone calls you make every day and ask yourself if you really believe someone in the National Security Agency would be able to use those calls against you.... More
One of the Left's great agonies and frustrations of the past fifteen years has been its abortive quest to field a counterpart to Rush Limbaugh. Fully cognizant of the massive damage inflicted on it by talk radio, a number of contenders placed bids to mount a counterattack. To their bitter... More
Lost in all of the legal analysis by the punditry involving the Plame case is the fact that operational security terminology is being used by Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald to deliberately muddy the waters concerning Plame's covert status. This is what lies at the heart of the case; not... More
It's one thing to complain about the problems of the welfare state. But what are you going to do about it?
The sweet, soft airs of Spring flow across the field out back, playing a gentle song on the harp of the trees in the neighboring woods while a red—tailed hawk soars skyward, circling benediction from on high, ever upwards towards heaven where my Mom now resides. During recent years, coming... More
Both Jesus and Muhammad said that we should give to the poor (and so do most world religions). But beyond this basic generosity, they had very different attitudes and policies on money.
In Islam, the Third of Five Pillars, the
The largest and most technologically sophisticated companies in the world rarely surrender to the competition and admit they have made a poor decision about what to produce. That's why the leak of Airbus'... More
Were any anti—government 'militia' or separatist organization to consistently discuss Timothy McVeigh as merely a 'rental truck operator,' their underlying sympathies would become glaringly obvious. While such a description is not absolutely inaccurate, it clearly misrepresents the overall... More
There are 3 startling differences between the waves of Black Death that first ravaged Europe in the 14th Century and the AIDS epidemic which is now being called its modern equivalent, in some quarters.
The first distinction is speed.
People got sick... More
One of the many eye—popping statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his letter to the President was a curious passage about 9/11 that has gone largely unnoticed by the press:
September eleven was not a simple... More
Many on the Left are eagerly awaiting the elections in November with the perception, or delusion, that the Republicans in the House and the Senate have been weakened by the Iraq War and multiple budget deficits. Although many conservatives are equally outraged at the reckless spending that... More
Sometimes, when America can be blamed, the media seem to care a great deal about the preservation of antiquities.
On April 13, 2003, the New York Times seemed mortified when it
No less an authority than Pope Benedict XVI has pointed out that since the Koran is taken as the very word of God —— as opposed to the Bible, which is the work of men inspired by God — no interpretation is possible. (That this in itself is a form of interpretation is something... More
Glad the administration has one less 'scandal' to deal with, many on our side welcomed with relief the recent conclusion of the EU's antiterrorism chief that the CIA has no secret interrogation facilities in Europe. I, for... More
Since 1993 a sustained diplomatic effort has been devoted to solve what is commonly known as the Arab—Israeli conflict. This conflict, reframed as the 'Israeli—Palestinian' conflict, is no closer to resolution. Political leaders, diplomats, media pundits and think tank analysts of... More
Mankind is ingenious at tapping the energy bounty provided by nature. From the first fire, to windmills, to water wheels, to today's electric generating plants we have progressed from superstitious awe and deification of nature to harnessing it to our every need.
Today however we have... More
The Moussaoui sentencing verdict should come as a surprise to no one. A legal system adept at trivializing all forms of criminal behavior was not going to be stopped by anything as grave as 9/11. Between incompetent prosecutors, over—officious judges, and jurors uncertain of what '
For months, the media have blamed virtually anything but free market forces for the rise in oil and gas prices. NBC's Lisa Myers attributed these increases to greed on a recent Nightly News report stating almost disgustedly
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud, the Wall Street Journal on Friday hauled out Harold Bloom to explain to us all "Why Freud Matters."
Bloom told us that Freud was not so much a scientist but a "moral essayist" like Montaigne. He advised that "Freud... More
The California Department of Corrections shipped twelve paroled high risk sex offenders to San Quentin on Thursday. The key word is paroled. Since they're out of prison, while they'll be housed on the SQ... More
Obviously, Rep. Patrick Kennedy should resign his seat in the House of Representatives.
Regardless of what one may think of the Kennedy clan and the ridiculous cut—and—paste articles that have been flitting about describing Rep. Kennedy's dangerous cocktail of prescription... More
I join the millions of Americans who are deeply disappointed, indeed angered, by the jury's decision to sentence 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison, instead of to death. Peggy Noonan rightly
[Reviewing COBRA II: The Inside Story of The Invasion and Occupation of Iraq by Michael R. Gordon & General Bernard E. Trainor, Pantheon Books, New York, 2006. 603 pages, maps, photos, chapter notes, appendices, index]
COBRA II is a comprehensive,... More
It is a cherished doctrine among devout Muslims that Muhammad had achieved sinlessness or (even more) was always sinless after his birth. Some believe that Muhammad had merely negligible faults, brief forgetfulness, small errors, or superficial weaknesses, but this does not mean that he should... More
The First Gulf War should have exorcised the old Vietnam War ghosts out of our military psyche. But to listen to the generals on the media circuit and in think tank seminars talking about the Iraqi 'insurgency,' it seems we are suffering from a huge national—level flashback. ... More
Kermit the Frog once avowed in song that 'It isn't easy being Green.' Well, Kermie, it appears that you're not the only dummy with such problems — Not surprisingly, it isn't easy being Greenpeace either!
Greenpeace continues to beat one drum to the
Even as activists attempted to redefine this very heated, latest debate on illegal immigration with the misnamed 'Day Without Immigrants,' the two issues apparently lost are ultimately the most critical:
1. The responsibility of Mexico... More
Caroline Glick, columnist for the Jerusalem Post, has written a serious paper exposing the risks inherent in Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's 'Convergence ' plan for the West Bank. That plan calls... More
The nation's capital has been shaken by the recent Rasmussen poll indicating that a significant portion of Americans would support a third—party candidate for President in 2008. Perhaps most alarming to... More
We have just been granted a window on the struggle between Lewis 'Scooter' Libby and the elite media over his access to their internal documents. Libby is charged with federal crimes because his versions of conversations with reporters differ from the accounts of the media people. He seeks... More
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who won a minority government in the Jan. 23 federal election, has ignored advice to take a cautionary course and quickly is steering the nation in a new direction. Harper's Conservative government rolled out its first budget on Tuesday with widespread... More
On Tuesday the Wall Street Journal published a letter—to—the—editor by Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times. Mr. Keller had written to respond to the Journal
With apologies to Mark Twain, rumors of the North Korean bomb's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Hope flared briefly last fall when the protagonists in the "six—party talks" announced that they had agreed in principle on a nuclear—free Korean Peninsula. But last month's... More
Uno De Mayo has come and gone with none of the predicted effects — no drastic plunge in retail sales, no nationwide economic earthquake, the only businesses shut down the ones that agreed to do so beforehand.
But still we're assured the marchers have '
A few days ago the New York Times provided yet another lesson in how to mislead readers without actually publishing anything untrue. Journalist Jo Craven McGinty published a 1500 word
Hugo Chavez of Venezuela does not lack for ambition. Sitting atop billions of petrodollars, closely allied with Fidel Castro (whose life span soon is nearing its natural end), Chavez is already sticking his nose in the business of other Western Hemisphere nations, supporting
There's a difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Democrats are completely shameless, but the Republicans are only mostly shameless.
So the pandering to angry American gas guzzlers over the past week committed by shameless Republican officeholders was... More
It's May 2006...do you know who your party is? Not that easy to tell anymore, is it?
After all, if you're a Republican, your representatives have increased federal spending by an amazing 45 percent in the past five years — something you might support for its Keynesian stimulus, or... More