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Another year has gone into the record books and year—end compilations, re—caps and summaries abound. Why people seem to find such comfort and satisfaction in these lists and round—ups remains a mystery, but nonetheless, it is so.
It is particularly fascinating to look... More
Democracy does not always bring liberty and justice. According to available polling data, Hamas is poised to win a plurality of the votes in the forthcoming January 2006 Parliamentary elections for Gaza and the... More
Behind closed doors, prominent Democrats were no doubt livid that Saddam Hussein would tread so clumsily upon their sacred turf, claiming 'abuse' at the hands of his American captors. Who does he think he is? It is their prerogative, and theirs alone, to make such accusations in an ongoing... More
In applied mathematics, there is a technique of proving a theorem called 'taking the contrapositive.' When you take the contrapositive, you don't prove that the theorem is true, you demonstrate that the consequences of its being untrue are impossible. Perhaps surprisingly, this... More
In a late—October editorial, the Milwaukee Journal—Sentinel — like many large U.S. cities, Milwaukee is unfortunately stuck with only one major newspaper — ran an editorial entitled 'No Ideologue For The Court.' The editorial made the case that President Bush... More
We all know what the NSA surveillance case is about. It is about liberals living in a bubble. Liberals think that the issue is government spying and the Bush administration's overall hostility towards civil... More
I have not seen Steven Spielberg's new movie Munich, and I certainly do not intend to pay to see it. When I read that Spielberg had hired Israel—hating playwright Tony Kushner to write the screenplay for the movie (Kushner has argued that creating modern Israel was a... More
The conventional wisdom holds that President Bush began his campaign to inform the American public about how he intends to wage the war on terror and win in Iraq with a November 30, 2005 address at the U.S. Naval Academy. There, he launched a series of speeches, culminating with one from... More
Can you name the book which has the Islamic world in an uproar, and caused the United States government to deny any involvement with it? The book banned in the world's most populous democracy? No, not Salman Rushdie's
[Editor's note: during the hoiliday period, we are republishing classic articles along with a few new ones. This article was written in January 2004, when... More
[Editor's note: during the holiday period, we are republishing classic articles along with a few new ones. This article was written in January 2004.]
For decades, most... More
[Editor's note: during the holidays, we are re—publishing some classic American Thinker articles. This article comes from early 2004.]... More
[Editor's note: during the holidays, we are re—publishing some classic American Thinker articles. This article comes from early... More
[Editor's note: during the holidays, we are re—publishing some classic American Thinker articles. This article comes from the Beta—test period, before we started daily... More
The night sky over Iraq on Christmas will shine more brightly, not only because it contains the star that guided the Magi to Bethlehem — 'Star of wonder, Star of light, star of royal beauty bright' — but because it will shimmer anew with a panoply of recent sidereal... More
Liberation is a theme that courses through all of Jewish history. The story of the Israelites' escape from Egyptian slavery and return to their homeland under the leadership of Moses resonates with many oppressed minorities. That particular escape from tyranny long resonated with black slaves... More
While many are still oblivious to it and the effluent—stream media deny it's happening, there is an attack on Christmas. Like others, I would say 'war,' but that would be inaccurate. A conflict in its totality could be called a war; what transpires within a specific theater of... More
As some members of Congress express concern over the growing Sino—US trade imbalance and are threatening more ill—conceived protectionist policies, President Bush has quietly authorized the export of certain sensitive equipment for a Chinese railroad project that could also be used... More
A couple of years ago, to celebrate the Catholic feast of the Assumption, Nicholas Kristof wrote a column called "Believe it or Not" (New York Times, 8—15—03), in which he scoffed at the na´ve religious beliefs of Americans and in particular at the absurdity of believing in... More
In these blessed days
in which the lions of monotheism
fight against the tyranny of the Crusader infidels and the Shi'ite traitors
on Iraqi soil and the brother of apes and pigs [i.e. the Jews] And the
traitor, the son of traitors in... More
It seems like a common pattern lately. A mainstream media outlet publishes a bombshell story, and within days, the whole thing unravels quicker than a cheap sweater swarmed by kittens. Such is beginning to look like the case for The New York... More
Nationally syndicated columnist Phyllis Schlafly recently issued a blanket indictment of guest worker and amnesty programs being proposed in Washington, bluntly characterizing them as 'immoral.' In... More
Whether it be Paul Martin in Canada, Harry Reid in the United States, or Gerhard Schroeder in Germany, leftists have shown a propensity towards political expedience rather than a foundation of principle.
First, take the current Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Martin. In an English... More
At what point does a citizen's right to an expectation of privacy end and the compelling interest of government to protect us from disaster begin?
To those who pretend the question is an easy one — right or left — a pox on you. This issue is much too serious to have liberals... More
There's an old saying: What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. When it comes to mainstream media reporting, nothing could be further from the truth.
No finer example of a media double standard has been recently evident than in the furor that has evolved over revelations of... More
Just so we're clear:
The leadership of the Democratic Party believes that when a sitting President of the United States commits perjury, openly admits to suborning perjury and obstructs justice, this does not rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. And any suggestion otherwise... More
It was with Tet '68 that the American media first knew sin. Anyone seeking to understand the character of consistently negative media coverage of the Global War on Terror must understand Tet.
The Tet offensive of February 1968 is widely regarded as one of the turning points of the Vietnam... More
To a remarkable degree, America's liberal elites have constructed for themselves a comfortable, supportive, and self esteem—enhancing environment. The most prestigious and widest—reaching media outlets reinforce their views, rock stars and film makers provide lyrics and stories... More
In late October, the U.S. State Department finalized plans to move forward with the implementation of passports containing controversial Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Despite gaining a miniscule 1 percent of the U.S. public's support for the technology, Washington plans to... More
Diplomacy has rarely been able to gain at the conference table what cannot be gained or held on the battlefield
— Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, Chief of Staff to Gen. D.D.... More
The folks over at The New York Times must be laughing their heads off. With the President's poll numbers on the rise, a fabulous election result in Iraq, and the potential extension of a key antiterrorism bill that the administration holds dear, the Times stole Christmas from... More
Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List taught a new generation of movie—goers the reality of the World War II Holocaust. Spielberg's new movie, Munich, regrettably undoes some of his earlier good work, in recounting Israel's response to the slaughter of 11 Israeli... More
An old friend asked me to join him for lunch the other day. Although we'd stayed in touch over the years we had not had the opportunity to sit down together for years so this was something not to be missed. Because of my friend's tight schedule we met at his office and it was both... More
Ever since I became aware that the wonderful wines being produced in Israel today are beginning to enter the US market, I have been attempting to get wine lovers to try them. Nevertheless, I am not having much success. As soon as people hear the words 'kosher wines' or 'Israeli wines' they say... More
[Editor's note: this article was written by a Magdi Khalil, a journalist in London and Egypt, writing for an Arabic readership. It is translated with the author's permission. An earlier article of his explaining the United States to his... More
Today is a great day for freedom — in Iraq, the Middle East and around the world. But not for those, within and without, who never wanted this day of democracy to arrive in a place where once stood a brutal tyrant. Those who screamed — and scream still — with every fiber... More
With John Roberts safely installed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Harriet Miers debacle fading into the past, most Americans are not presently focused on the upcoming confirmation battle for Samuel Alito. But a mere glance at other news stories of the day suggests that perhaps... More
Another police officer was murdered in NYC while doing his job protecting the public from thugs. Officer Daniel Enchautegui, 28 years old, with 3 years on the job was slain as he interrupted a... More
As Iraqis vote today, enjoying the fruits of Coalition victory despite caterwauling to the contrary by many opponents of the Presaident Bush, one has to wonder whether we would have fought the Second World War if American Leftists then had the defeatist... More
The past year has seen a spate of shocking statements revealing hatred and contempt for President Bush and his supporters on the part of important media figures who claim objectivity and sneer at conservatives unafraid to characterize themselves as such. Regrettably, we cannot credit a... More
The Iraqi people are once again voting in a free election, this time to choose their next government. This momentous event will empower the formerly disenfranchised and oppressed 60% of the Iraqi people who are Shi'a for the first time in their country's modern history.
Elections are no... More
We are constantly being told that the "cost" of the war in Iraq has risen to over two thousand deaths and many hundreds of billions of dollars. The hidden, unexamined assumption behind this statement is that if we had not invaded Iraq, our inaction would cost nothing.
For all we know, the... More
For some time now, we have sought to underplay the strife in Washington to reassure you that despite our differences we are all united behind your mission. It is no longer possible to do so. Sadly, there are some among us whose worldview is so skewed that in their minds you... More
As Iraqis, in the latest of their heroic achievements, began voting for a permanent constitution and government, President George W. Bush delivered a speech Monday in the birthplace of America's constitution, Philadelphia. It was the latest in a series of speeches detailing the... More
It is perhaps inevitable, following a high profile execution such as the State of California carried out on Tookie Williams, that debate should be re—opened on making executions public events. And while the death penalty issue itself is usually reduced to moral arguments or its efficacy in... More
In the aftermath of November's street fighting, French opinion--makers have pounced on an expiatory victim: philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, a man of integrity who seeks to shed light on events as they happen. His intelligent analysis of, in his words, the 'pogrom against the Republic,' ... More
To think clearly about how best to remove the looming threat of a nuclear—armed Iran, just keep in mind the National Rifle Association's much maligned — but perfectly sensible — old slogan: Guns don't kill people. People kill people.
It's the same with... More
On Tuesday December 6, David Cameron was elected leader of the British Conservative Party. He's the fourth leader since 1997 when John Major was defeated by Tony Blair and his New Labour Party. Can he breathe life into the party, unlike his predecessors, William Hague, Iain Duncan... More
"Everything is always Bush's fault." That slogan would be far more appropriate for the front page box of the New York Times than the existing slogan, "All the news that's fit to print." When a pet cause like the Kyoto Treaty, addressing a pet scare like alleged man—made climate... More
Push seems to be rapidly coming to shove in the high stakes world of nuclear arms strategy. Iran, committed by its leader to removing Israel from the map of the Middle East, is about to posess the means of obliterating the Jewish state, thereby advancing Hitler's agenda one giant step forward.... More
It's said that bureaucrats are good people surviving in a bad system. That might explain David Brooks, the token conservative at the New York Times.
Brooks has to be very slippery to survive. It would be fatal to be caught actually taking a principled stand, out in the open on... More
The cry goes out to Target shoppers, 'Happy Holidays!' Walmart bans 'Merry Christmas' from employee lips. Government provides 'Holiday trees' for our 'winter' viewing in the public square. Even a cheery 'Happy Holidays' from the annual White House holiday card. Despite what are understood as the... More
George the Third was the undisputed King of Great Britain; of that there can be no doubt. If it is true that pride goeth before a fall, then the King's arrogance cost him his American colonies, and much, much more; George the Third lost his mind as a result of hubris, and ended up... More
A few weeks back, I was pleasantly surprised (shocked would be more accurate) to have received an invitation to the annual White House Hanukkah Party, held this past Tuesday evening. Scott Johnson of Powerline has written a
No nuclear power will attack another one for fear of committing national suicide. That is the familiar logic of Mutually Assured Destruction (M—A—D), which kept the US safe but pretty nervous over fifty years of the Cold War. Stalin and Mao rattled some fearsome sabers, and Castro... More
Representative Cynthia McKinney (D—Ga.) is indulging the paranoid style in American politics. Again.
The select House Committee investigating the federal response to Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday, December 6, listened to a plethora of
This is my town: It's a small, affluent community in a very liberal part of a Blue State. Houses are spacious and well—maintained. Nature is beautiful and abundant. Streets are clean and safe. Children are everywhere, and they are healthy, attractive and... More
It seems not a month goes by when we are not treated to some dire environmental prediction. Only last week we were told that Europe is on the verge of being plunged into an ice—age of sorts. And this as a result of global warming of all things. Allegedly involving disruptions in the flow... More
President Bush's long—delayed strategic offensive in the information war front of the War on Terror continues. Yesterday, recalling the 64th anniversary of Pearl Harbor that plunged this country into World War Two, as well as the 21st century 'Pearl Harbor' of 9/11, President Bush... More
The way the media plays it, you'd think Abu Musab al—Zarqawi was the greatest Muslim strategist since Saladin. Every car bomb is a Jacob's Ford, every massacre a
Rising test scores and higher academic standards in public schools are usually a cause for celebration among parents of school—age children. But in the liberal suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area, this development is triggering panic among white parents who are increasingly... More
A recent report published by the Gallup Organization stated that
'a majority of U.S. investors continue to describe the current economy as being 'in a slowdown'... More
One of the great puzzles of American politics is why Jewish voters fail to see their genuine allies among conservatives. President Bush is now besieged by a press that lives in complete denial of the fact that he put a clean end to the Nazi—like regime of Saddam Hussein. Hitler never stood... More
While flying on Qantas Airlines, New Zealander Mark Worsley was asked to change his seat. You see, the airline viewed him as a threat to the child seated next to him. What was Mr. Worsley's crime? Was he on a sex—offenders database? Far from it.
Since 9/11, it has been the policy of the United States to employ all of its weapons, military and non—military, in waging the global war on terrorism, to defeat the Islamofascist enemy bent on destroying us and our way of life.
Information is a vital tool in the armory, hence... More
So now we know. About 56 percent of Americans supposedly 'believe that Wal—Mart is bad for America,' according to a Zogby poll conducted on behalf of wakeupwalmart.com, an activist group that is 'working to change... More
America's mainstream media are in high dudgeon over efforts by our military to get its story out in Iraq, where winning hearts and minds is an important component of victory. Typical is Newsweek's senior editor Jonathan Alter, who wrote an
With his Annapolis speech last Wednesday President Bush limned a much more practical and realistic approach to the conflict in Iraq than has thus far emerged from his administration. Mirroring in large part... More
Remember when you were a child and were always asking your parents for things? You wanted more toys, more ice cream, and more rides on the Merry—go—round. If it weren't for your parents you'd have buried yourself in dolls, Batman figures, trains, planes, automobiles, and every other... More
Three faiths have claimed ownership over Jerusalem. Plain ancient history favors Jewish ownership over the holy city. Christians claimed control of it at various moments in history, but no sound theological or historical claim can or should be made for ownership. Yet many Muslims today... More
Last Monday night, the Center for the Study of Popular Culture gave Oriana Fallaci the Annie Taylor Award (named after the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel) at a dinner in New York. I eagerly purchased a ticket to the evnt, expecting to like and admire her all the more, but... More
The criminalization of politics has deeply wounded our nation. At a time when we struggle for national survival in a war with those who would destroy us, the combination of a partisan press with an opposition more focused on political advantage than winning the war could prove lethal.
On November 1, the San Francisco based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case of Fields v. Palmdale that school districts and the state are the ultimate moral authority in the raising of children. Parents... More
At last someone has heard our call
We, left behind, we left to fall.
Our views no longer meet the test
Of what is true and right and best.
Was good enough for our father founders,
But not for multicultural bounders,
Who snidely slide us to the... More
When he took the nation's highest office, George W. Bush famously called himself a uniter, not a divider, signaling a kinder, gentler approach to Washington politics. Fat lot of good it did him. He faces opponents who offer no quarter, even when the national interest is at stake. It is well past... More
If you look very closely, you can see patches of ice forming along the banks of the River Styx. Charon, the ferryman, is seriously contemplating trading in his flat bottomed boat for an ice breaker, while he worries that soon some of the recently departed will be able to simply walk across the... More
Congress passed the Independent Counsel Statute in the wake of Watergate nearly 30 years ago. It last extended that statute in 1994, allowing it to lapse in 2004 by its own Sunset terms. Few mourned its demise.
Under that statute, the Attorney General of the United States was authorized... More
An old and dishonorable tradition has returned to American politics: charging that American Jews are not to be trusted because their loyalties lie elsewhere. Once upon a time, such charges earned scorn and ostracism for those who made them. Today, however, 'respectable' heavyweights in the... More
Evidently, reporting the constant drip, drip, drip of casualties from the Iraq War has been so much fun for the American media that they have decided to apply the same water torture technique to propagandizing another favorite cause: death penalty abolition.
Yes, this week we have been... More
The ongoing conflict in Iraq is the first war in modern history that has been fought with the virtually unanimous opposition of the mainstream press. Yes, the press came to be in opposition in the Vietnam War, but the administration of that day still got coverage for its major statements... More