Monthly Archives: August 2005

Better, slightly

Earlier this week, I ripped Secretary of State Rice for having said that, with respect to Israeli withdrawals, “it cannot be Gaza only.” As Scott pointed out this morning, however, a review of the transcript of Rice’s interview with the New York Times reveals that, in context, she didn’t really make that statement. Contrary to the way the New York Times reported the interview, Rice didn’t say that it »

Remembering a night to remember

In November 2003, we received an email from a Minnesota reservist (originally from Iowa), an Army Major named Curt Decker, who was stationed in Afghanistan. As recorded in this post, Curt said he was a Power Line reader: I’ve been following your web site for over a year now. It has been especially important to me this last year having been deployed as an Army reservist to Afghanistan. With limited »

The Latest on Iraq’s Constitution

Is there a deal or not? It depends on whom you listen to. The Associated Press says no: Iraq’s Shiite-dominated constitution committee will submit an amended draft charter to parliament this weekend despite opposition from minority Sunni Arabs who rejected a proposed compromise, negotiators said Saturday. But Sunni negotiators said they did not accept the revised document, and one of them, Saleh al-Mutlaq, called on Iraqis to reject the document »

Ellsworth survives

John Thune’s crusade to save South Dakota’s Ellsworth Air Force base has »

How CAIR works, Part II

Joel Mowbray in the Washington Times has more on “how CAIR cows critics.” He wonders why major media outlets flee from, rather than fight, an “organization replete with ripe targets.” These targets include: CAIR’s radical roots essentially as an offshoot of a rabidly anti-Semitic organization long viewed as Hamas’ biggest political booster in the United States; its co-founder Omar Ahmad praising suicide bombers who “kill themselves for Islam” in November »

How CAIR works

Steven Stalinsky is the director of the invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute. We missed his August 10 New York Sun column on the bogus terrorism fatwa issued by CAIR and friends. Stalinsky’s column was “CAIR & Co.’s Fatwa” (subscribers only). The column remains timely for its exposure of CAIR’s modus operandi (in the added italics), most recently deployed in connection with Michael Graham: A much-heralded Fatwa or Islamic religious »

Professor of terrorism: An update

At FrontPage Robert Spencer has a good update on the trial of Professor Sami al-Arian on terror-related charges in federal court in Tampa: “Terrorist professor.” Peter Collier also announces today at FrontPage: “Heterodoxy lives.” Peter writes: “Today FrontPagemag.com begins the re-publication of all eight years of Heterodoxy magazine whose issues will appear every Friday on this page.” The first issue of Heterodoxy is available here (in PDF). FrontPage was the »

Colonel Kurilla: An update

The Seattle Times covers Michael Yon’s account of the battle in Mosul and the return of Lt. Col. Kurilla for treatment in Tacoma: “Storied Iraq soldier recuperating.” Reporter Alex Fryer writes: In a harrowing series of photographs, Yon captures the moment Kurilla fell. The images along with Yon’s narrative are posted on his Web site: http://michaelyon.blogspot.com. Shot in the arm and leg, Kurilla was taken to a combat hospital and »

The Krugman correction

See the post by Michelle Malkin on two corrections issued by Paul Krugman regarding his two most recent, deeply deceitful columns: “The Krugman correction.” The “corrections” (one of which is botched, as Michelle explains) are appended to Krugman’s column today. As usual, Michelle has the appropriate quotes and an exhaustive set of links. The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran the first of the two Krugman columns leading to today’s “corrections” this »

Let’s go to the tape

I think it’s fair to say that Rick Richman of Jewish Current Issues has caught the New York Times perpetrating some shabby journalism in connection with its recent interview of Condoleezza Rice: “Condoleezza Rice and the New York Times.” Richman compares an August 18 Times story on the interview with the State Department transcript of the interview released on August 22. In his column today, Charles Krauthammer follows the Times’s »

Our Friends Have Been Busy

These are the dog days of summer in a non-election year, with nothing particular in the news. Yet there is so much going on that we can hardly keep up with it all. No one site can possibly do justice to all of the stories that are percolating, so let’s just note that our friends around the blogosphere have been busy, and if you haven’t been reading them for the »

The Feeling Is Mutual

We get attacked all the time, mostly by moonbats, but I think this is the first time I’ve been denounced in a Saudi newspaper. One Jihad el Khazen, writing in the prominent newspaper Dar Al-Hayat, went off on an anti-”neocon” (i.e. anti-Semitic) rant earlier today. He attacked a lot of people, including the New York Post, Charles Krauthammer, the Washington Times, Joel Rosenberg of National Review–and me. The tone of »

Inside the Beltway Blogroll

National Journal’s Daniel Glover writes: I saw your item on the Blogometer and wanted to make sure you were aware of National Journal’s other blog, the one I write. It’s called Beltway Blogroll, and it focuses on the impact that bloggers are having on policy issues inside the Beltway and beyond. Beltway Blogroll also is freely available. I hope you’ll check it out… Sincerely, Danny Glover, Managing Editor National Journal’s »

The risks of lawn care in Minneapolis

This summer Minneapolis Mayor Rybak contributed memorably to the city’s collection of fatuous quotes on the subject of crime when he assured citizens that “Minneapolis is a safe city for those not involved in high-risk lifestyles.” Among the high-risk activities leading to criminal victimization this summer have been sleeping at home in bed and riding a city bus. Today’s Star Tribune adds another: “Minneapolis man beaten and kidnapped by 3 »

Hell sucks

Today’s post by Michael Yon on the battle in Mosul is a great piece of war reportage: “Gates of fire.” (Thanks to Hugh Hewitt and Michelle Malkin, apologies to Michael Herr.) Check Stryker Brigade News for the latest on the condition of Lt. Col. Erik Kurilla. JOHN adds: I’m late to this party; I’ve been hearing about Michael Yon for a while, but haven’t taken the time to check him »

The Shawcross divergence

William Shawcross is the prominent British author of the somewhat notorious Sideshow, the wonderful Allies: The U.S., Britain, and Europe, and the War in Iraq, and many other books. When I recently referred to him as an “occasional reader of Power Line,” he wrote to protest that “constant” would have been more accurate. He is indisputably a friend of the United States. Today he writes to note that he is »

Taking the president seriously

The subject on yesterday’s edition of the O’Reilly Factor was how long we have to turn things around in Iraq. O’Reilly thought that President Bush has about six months to show the American people that we’re making progress. Bill O’Reilly is as astute as they come, and his nervousness about the situation in Iraq is understandable. However, I think the best answer to his question is that we have until »