Manchester this time

Featured image As we take in the carnage in Manchester, words fail us. Words fail to do justice to the tragedy of the lives taken and the bodies maimed. Words fail to account for the protracted and multifaceted conflict in which we are engaged. Words fail to do justice to our impotent outrage. Words fail to express our dread knowledge of the evil on display. We almost wish to be wrong this »

We’ve Seen This Movie Before

Featured imageFacts are dribbling out about the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. The suicide bomber has not been identified as of this writing, but it is reported that he was “known to the authorities.” Another known wolf; but known wolves generally don’t turn out to have been as lonely as one might assume (as opposed to, say, most school shooters). A second 23-year-old man is under arrest. Time will tell »

Explosion in Manchester kills at least 19 [WITH MULTIPLE UPDATES]

Featured imageAt least 19 people have been killed in an attack at a concert outside of Manchester Arena in England. Fifty others are reported injured. British authorities consider the attack to be terrorism. The Greater Manchester police issued this statement: Just before 10.35pm on Monday 22 May 2017, police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others »

CNN’s Political Hit Job on Sheriff Clarke

Featured imageOn Saturday, CNN issued a report on a master’s thesis that was written by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in 2013. CNN’s report was titled: “Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master’s thesis on homeland security.” Only, if you read the article, it turns out that Sheriff Clarke didn’t do much, if anything, wrong. CNN’s strongest claim was that Clarke footnoted some paragraphs with citations to his original sources, »

Single-Payer Slayer

Featured imageOut here in California the latest Progressive cause—after high speed rail and solving climate change all by ourselves—is a state-based single-payer health care system. There is a bill (SB 562) that has passed out of one state Senate committee already, along with talk of a ballot initiative, and if those fail, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a certain candidate for governor next year, is talking about universal single-payer health care as »

Should the U.S. take decisive military action in south Syria?

Featured imageLast week, U.S. planes attacked a pro-Assad convoy in southern Syria. The convoy had violated a restricted zone around a base where United States and British Special Forces train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. I wrote about the attack here, noting that the area in question is of strategic importance to Assad, Syrian rebels, Iran, Russia, and the U.S., and hence a likely future battleground quite apart from the fight »

Obama foreign policy, RIP

Featured imageI usually leave the cartoon beat to John and Steve. However, this one is too good to pass up. It’s from a Saudi outlet, and features Uncle Sam laying a wreath at what I’m told is the tomb of former president Obama’s policy towards the Middle East. Priceless. »

Let’s call the whole thing unlikely

Featured imageVictor Davis Hanson is a classicist, a military historian and a shrewd observer of the current scene. Everything he writes is worth reading. I do my best to catch all his columns and essays, but I missed his recent appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show. RealClearPolitics has posted a video of the segment below along with a partial transcript including embedded links here. In it Dr. Hanson argues that »

Fake reformer wins fake election

Featured imageThat’s the headline of Eli Lake’s story on the victory of Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani’s in this weekend’s election. Lake calls the election fake because the Iranian president lacks anything like the power we ordinarily associate with a president: As anyone who pays attention to Iran knows, the real power in the country resides with the unelected supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the security services, which operate more like rival »

Who Are the Craziest Democrats of All?

Featured imageThe Democratic Party is far gone in hate, but who do you suppose are the most lunatic Dems of all? The California Democrats are obvious candidates and, sure enough, their state convention yesterday concluded with a chant: “Fuck Donald Trump!” led by California Democratic Party chairman John Burton. AP reporter Jonathan Cooper records the moment of infamy: Outgoing Dem chair John Burton: "all together now: fuck Donald Trump." While crowd »

“Not my first sword dance”

Featured imageAppearing from Riyadh on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this morning, Secretary Tillerson fielded a slightly offbeat question and responded with what (outside President Trump’s speech) may have been the quote of the day (transcript here). Wallace observed that Tillerson asked Tillerson about the traditional Arab sword dance in which he participated upon his arrival yesterday. “And I have to tell you,” Wallace commented, “you looked pretty good while »

Media Alerts

Featured imageI will be on the Howie Carr show out of Boston later today, at 4:30 Eastern, talking about President Trump’s Middle East trip and his speech in Riyadh. You can listen online here. This evening, I will try to explain recent American headlines to television viewers in Australia on Andrew Bolt’s Bolt Report on Sky News. Wish me luck. I am not sure just when the segment will air, but »

Loose Ends (23)

Featured image• Been away this weekend, one part of which included hosting Rudy Giuliani at a Pacific Research Institute dinner in Laguna Niguel down in deepest orange Orange County. Among other topics, the mayor talked about what it is like to play golf with both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump (to no one’s great surprise, Clinton cheats relentlessly on the links). I also asked him if Trump’s tweeting could’t be reined »

Another look inside that parked car

Featured imageWeek before last the Minneapolis police recently arrested brothers Abdullah and Majid Alrifahe sitting in a parked car in Minneapolis. Last week the Star Tribune reported briefly on it here. After checking with law enforcement sources, I followed up in “Inside a parked car in Minneapolis.” The Star Tribune hasn’t returned to the story so far, yet it clearly warrants a closer look. A friend forwarded a copy of the »

Trump’s Saudi Arabia speech — a good day for the president and the U.S.

Featured imageHere is the text of President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia to heads of dozens of Muslim-majority states. The speech is excellent. Trump’s approach to the Muslim world in this speech aligns, in general terms, with his approach to other less than friendly world actors. As with China, to name one, Trump eschews past hostile rhetoric and assumes (or pretends to) the best in the hope of securing assistance in »

More on Trump In Riyadh

Featured imageI agree with everything Scott wrote here about President Trump’s magnificent speech in Riyadh. Having reviewed the transcript, I want to offer a few more observations. * Trump’s tone was a refreshing change of pace from the Obama administration. Trump issued no apologies, and he didn’t bow to Islam rhetorically any more than he did in person to Saudi Arabia’s king. * Trump referred obliquely to the tension in American »

Trump in Riyadh: Speaking of reset

Featured imagePresident Trump just concluded his speech to the assembled leaders of 50 Muslim countries assembled to hear him in Riyadh. The ever popular New York Times quotes a bit from the speech in the course of reporting and opining on it in the story by Peter Baker and Michael Shear. I can’t find either a transcript or video yet. Here I would like briefly to offer a few preliminary impressions »