Monthly Archives: November 2005

The Good Economic News Keeps Coming

GDP grew at a remarkable 4.3% clip during the third quarter, despite hurricanes and high gas prices. Some economists reportedly say that growth would have exceeded 5% if the hurricanes had bypassed the U.S. High energy costs have taken a »

A Great Speech

President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy today was a brilliant exposition of his strategy in Iraq and in the war on terror. It was thematically similar to a number of other excellent speeches he has given over the past »

A parent’s right to know

Our friend Charmaine Yoest was at the Supreme Court today for the oral argument in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood. Afterwards, she held forth before the press and then, we understand, appeared on Paula Zahn’s show. The case concerns the constitutionality »

No fool like an old fool

Shimon Peres, who partnered with Yitzhak Rabin, in the disastrous Oslo process, now wants to revive his act (and his career) by partnering with Ariel Sharon in the latest attempt to make peace with the Palestinians. Thus, he has left »

Don’t Believe A Word of It!

That’s the Associated Press’s admonition with regard to President Bush’s speech on Iraq today. AP reporter Calvin Woodward gets my nomination for the most ludicrously biased story of 2005. His article, headlined “Bush Attempts Hard Sell on Iraq Progress”, begins–and, »

If Colin Powell didn’t exist

the MSM, in conjuction with the State Department, would have to invent him. Judging from this piece by David Ignatius, they have. »

President Outlines Strategy On Iraq

This morning, the White House released a document outlining the administration’s strategy for victory in Iraq; it is accessible here. From a quick review, it looks good, although I doubt that anything in it will be new to those who »

Thanks for the MEMRI

MEMRI announces that its MEMRI TV site has had over one million hits this month. It must be a genuine milestone for an organization of which few have heard. As of today the television site’s most recent post is “Al-Jazeera »

At the law schools

The folks at the New York Observer have sent us their editors’ advance table of contents for the new issue. One long article of interest takes a look at Harvard Law School: “Heterodox spree, listing to right.” I would love »

A few questions for Senator Reid

GOP.com has posted an excerpt from John Fund’s subscription-only Political Diary: “Senator Sieve.” Fund reports: Is Senator Harry Reid all that swift when it comes to U.S. Intelligence matters? Last Wednesday, the Minority Leader appeared on KRNV-TV’s “Nevada Newsmakers” program »

About those shoeboxes

Thanks to Mark Arnold and many, many other readers who wrote to correct my description of the politician who left shoeboxes full of cash behind after his death. Contrary to my description of the politician as a Chicago alderman, our »

The war the CIA believes in

Please don’t miss John’s excellent, important Standard column on the CIA’s covert war on the Bush administration: “Leaking at all costs.” As a postscript to John’s column, see Cliff Kincaid’s Media Monitor column for Accuracy in Media: “Columnist confirms CIA »

Leaking At All Costs

My article in the Daily Standard this week is about the CIA’s war on the Bush administration: “Leaking At All Costs.” It begins: THE CIA’S WAR against the Bush administration is one of the great untold stories of the past »

Hillary Takes A Stand

Hillary Clinton has been under considerable pressure to join antiwar Democrats in attacking the administration and bailing on the war effort. Today she finally issued a statement of her position on the war, in the form of a 1,600-word email »

Monsieur Irrelevant

According to a poll conducted by CSA Polling Institute for Le Parisien newspaper (as reported by The Washington Times), 72 percent of the French consider President Jacques Chirac’s influence over what happens in France to be “weak.” Two-thirds characterize his »

The European Party

Michael Barone asks whether the United States will become more or less like continental Europe. Considering how poorly Europe is faring economically (10 percent unemployment; minimal job creation in the past 25 years) and socially (e.g., low reproduction rates; rioting »

The flexible defeatism of Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke proposes that the U.S. announce that “we anticipate the final withdrawal of U.S. combat forces will occur sometime in 2007.” Nothing noteworthy in this if one considers the source. But this passage caught my eye: Precisely when [in »