High Noonan

Featured image Peggy Noonan joined the crowd that turned on George W. Bush in what I thought was a most unfair way in 2008. I wrote critically about one of her weekly Wall Street Journal columns in which she identified with the public disapproval of Bush in “Season of the witch.” Having turned on George W. Bush Peggy, Noonan moved on to support the election of Barack Obama in 2008. The anti-Bush »

U.S. launches air strikes in Syria

Featured imageThe United States has expanded its war against ISIS into Syria by launching air attacks against an array of ISIS targets in that country. President Obama should be commended for ordering these attacks. The attacks don’t rise to the level of “shock and awe” but as described, they sound like a good start. Apparently, they involve a mix of fighter jets and bombers plus Tomahawk missiles delivered from ships. The »

Obama’s “Yemen model” is failing in Yemen

Featured imageIn his address to the nation about countering ISIS, President Obama said that the will model for his strategy will be the one we have employed in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). That strategy consists of relying on the Yemeni government to combat AQAP on the ground and pitching in with targeted air strikes to degrade that terrorists’ leadership. On its face, the applicability of the »

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Liberals Want to Throw Us All In Jail. Or Worse.

Featured imageThe totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrograde–evil, really–forces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American »

Now Is the Time to Support the Power Line Picks

Featured imageThere are only something like 44 days left before the election, which means time is running out to give candidates meaningful support. If candidates are to buy additional advertising time, order mailers, organize get out the vote efforts and so on, they need to have the money now. At this point, with every day that goes by, donations become less helpful. So we urge you to check out the Power »

Hamas forced Gazans to remain in harm’s way

Featured imageMudran Zahran is a Palestinian writer and academic from Jordan who now resides in the UK as a political refugee. In the aftermath of the latest war between Israel and Hamas, he interviewed Gazans to find out what they had to say about the conflict. His report appears on the website of the Gatestone Institute. According to Zahran, Gazans told him of atrocities and war crimes committed by Hamas. Their »

Inside the Climate Alarmist Zoo

Featured imageWe wrote yesterday about the fact that the “People’s Climate March” consisted mostly of warmed-over socialists and other obsolete radicals. Reason TV attended the march and produced this excellent video, which shows what the “climate change” movement is all about. A hint: it doesn’t have much to do with climate. Not much explanation is required, perhaps, but Noah Rothman is spot-on: There appear to be two strains of protesters who »

Climatistas Can’t Keep Their Story Straight, Part 2

Featured imageOr maybe I should call this series “Scenes from the 97 Percent.” Because settled science! No sooner do I note that one expert writes in the New York Times yesterday that planting trees might be the wrong thing to do than a sharp-eyed Power Line reader points us to a feature in today’s Washington Post that “Trees Offer a Way to Delay the Consequences of Climate Change.” Didn’t the editorial »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will be on the Bill Bennett radio show at 8:05 a.m. EST tomorrow, talking about the future of Obamacare in Minnesota now that the insurance company with 60% of the market has found the program “unsustainable” and dropped out. We will probably talk about other Minnesota-related stories, too; maybe this one. If you don’t know where to get Bill show’s show on the radio dial where you live, you »

Barack Obama, Neocon?

Featured imageA friend and Power Line reader has been emailing me to express outrage at the Democrats’ inconsistency in supporting President Obama’s implementation of the Bush Doctrine. I asked him to write up a post; here it is: President Obama’s September 10 speech announcing his intention to “degrade” and “ultimately destroy” ISIL in Iraq and Syria poses a huge political and ideological problem for the Dems and the left. The reason »

As our military commitments expand, the military shrinks

Featured imagePresident Obama has found uses for the U.S. military in spite of himself. Max Boot points out that he has just sent 3,000 troops to Liberia to “fight” Ebola; 1,500–and counting–to Iraq to counter ISIS; and hundreds, possibly thousands, more to Eastern Europe to deter Russia. In addition, Obama sent more than 150 troops to Africa to fight Joseph Kony. And he keeps sending troops to carry out various Special »

Lifestyles of the Rich and Climate-Conscious

Featured imageWell I suppose there really isn’t much to add to what John has posted on yesterday’s climate farce in New York City. Oh heck—yes there is! It’s never out of season to point out the raging hypocrisy of the whole crowd. Al Gore was there, naturally—he of the multiple mansions and private jets trips and business deals with Arab oil potentates. (How’s that transaction going, by the way?) Then there’s »

At Ground Zero in Minnesota

Featured imageWe’ve got a problem in the Twin Cities that is based in our large and still growing population of Somali immigrants. Minnesota’s Somali community — a/k/a “Minnesotans” — is the most fertile ground in the United States for the recruitment of terrorists by foreign terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. The Islamic State is only the latest terrorist group to zero in on Minnesota to expand its ranks, »

ISIS advances as Obama dithers

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal reports: Since Thursday, Islamic State rebels, backed by tanks and other heavy armor, have seized control of more than 60 villages near the regional capital of Ayn al-Arab, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group. The extremist insurgents, also known as ISIS or ISIL have also forced the evacuation of about 100 other villages, Kurdish field commanders and Turkish officials said. . »

Will the Obama EEOC sue the NFL over its new domestic violence policy?

Featured imageThe answer, of course, is no. If anything, the Obama administration seems to be pushing the NFL to prevent young black men who have been convicted of no crime from earning a living. But my question isn’t frivolous, given the EEOC’s litigation policy towards employers that deny employment opportunities to blacks who get into trouble with the law. Indeed, the EEOC has no tolerance at all for employers who exclude »

The People’s Climate March: What’s It All About? [Updated]

Featured imageThe “People’s Climate March” is underway in New York City, with coordinated events occurring in other locations. Tom Steyer, who abandoned an honest career as a coal magnate to become a “green” scammer, thinks the march shows how important climate is a political issue: I think the point of this is to show that this has widespread support, that it is a first-tier political issue, that the ability to sweep »