Blame vs. responsibility
The New Yorker has a long, fascinating piece by Ariel Levy on the Steubenville, West Virginia rape case – a confusing affair in which teenage drinking, old town culture, and New Media hysteria combined to produce an incomprehensible mess. The basic outlines of the case are clear enough, as a teenage girl drank enough to pass out, and was mistreated by a group of high-school athletes. It’s | Read More »
The Obama Administration Gets Pwned By AIPAC?
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When Elizabeth O’Bagy penned an influential — and seemingly deceptive — op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, she shaped the view of the Administration on Syria. It looks like she had a lot of help.
Rooting for Injuries and the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
The correct policy for American engagement in Syria is to root for injuries between the warring parties. Neither side is our friend. Neither side wishes to be our friend. When Middle Eastern tyrants are willing to pay us to take out the Assad regime and the rebels are butchering Syrians as badly as Assad — possibly with chemical weapons according to the United Nations — | Read More »
Why GOP Leadership Is Going Along With the Syrian Misadventure
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If you have been wondering why Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have decided to support Obama’s request to use military force in Syria, despite it being bad policy and being opposed by about 80% of Americans, the answer is easy. They are idiots.
Obama Claims He Didn’t Set A Red Line
Apparently, the Internet doesn’t exist, either. “First of all, I didn’t set a red line,” said Obama. “The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are [inaudble] and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line | Read More »
The Ads Write Themselves
At this point, all I can hope is that the Republican primaries are devastating to incumbent Republicans. The ads write themselves — [Insert Incumbent Republican here] would not fight to defund Obamacare, but would fund a fight with Syria. What the hell happened to the Republican Party? Then I stumble across this quote: “It’s pretty striking that Heritage has decided to go full libertarian under | Read More »
On Syria: Not At This Time
For two years, President George W. Bush made a public case for an invasion of Iraq. He built public support, international support, and congressional support. His administration documented CIA intelligence on weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein’s personal cheerleading over 9/11, the dictator attempting to assassinate President George H. W. Bush after the President had left office, Al Qaeda’s use of Iraq as a training | Read More »
Excuse Me, But We Are Not “Isolationists”
I’ve about had all I’m going to take from the bouncers of compassion who tell me and others all day, every day, that if we don’t bomb Syria then I, we are “isolationists.” Exhibit A: Most Republicans don’t want to become, again, the party of isolationists. Not consciously at any rate. Nearly all of them profess fidelity to a strong military, to Israel’s security, to | Read More »
New Labor Management Standards? Union Bosses Get Another Radical Ally Into A Position of Power
Union bosses got another ally into a position of power last month with the appointment of union lawyer and labor professor Michael Hayes to become the director a little-known, but powerful Department of Labor sub-agency called the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS).
As the new director of the OLMS, Michael Hayes is not just a union attorney and law professor, he is an advocate with extremely pro-union views.
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Syria: A Romance
That did not take long. Less than a year ago, the Washington press corps looked likely to divorce Barack Obama. He had rocked their relationship with the Department of Justice probing Fox News’ James Rosen, the Associated Press, and others. But like Gollum and the precious, the Washington press corps has found separation too hard. Syria has reconciled the President and Court. With his decision | Read More »
Steve Jobs for President
Peggy Noonan has a great piece in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal about work and the American character, what it instills in us and what is missing in America now with our depressed job market. A job, she writes, is what integrates you into society, to the national fabric of our country, and she’s right. Work earns you a reward for the blood, sweat and | Read More »
Words and War.
Over the last few weeks as the crisis in Syria has come to a head, I’ve found myself in nonstop arguments about what, if anything, to do. My own opinion started fairly emotionally. I saw dead kids, knew we had bombs, and was fine with dropping bombs on the heads of the people that killed the kids. However, I knew that was probably not a | Read More »
Letting Allah Sort Out Islamic Civil War in Syria
As bankrupt as elected Republican leadership is in Washington vis-à-vis domestic policy, they are completely clueless as it relates to foreign policy. While America continues to become an economic and moral wasteland under this regime, Obama is attempting to spend American treasure helping one nefarious side of an Islamic civil war in Syria – one which involves Iran-allied supporters of Hezbollah (Assad regime) vs. predominantly | Read More »
Barack Obama Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Staff
One of the more unseemly tendencies of the Obama administration is the near non-stop efforts to convince the nation, and themselves, that Obama is a tough guy. If ever a phrase will be used to describe Obama’s regime it will be the one he used to Eric Cantor during budget negotiations: “Don’t call my bluff.”
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John Kerry doing the Full Ginsburg about #syria today.
How very last-minute of the man. And of Barack Obama, too. Two days after he made the Obama administration’s definitive case for attacking Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case for asking for congressional permission on the Sunday talk shows, a State Department aide said Saturday. The White House has dispatched Kerry to all five Sunday morning news programs to urge a | Read More »