Monthly Archives: January 2007

Better Late Than Never?

President Bush announced today that he has authorized our forces in Iraq to take actions against Iranians who are committing acts of war against us in that country: President Bush has authorized U.S. forces in Iraq to take whatever actions are necessary to counter Iranian agents deemed a threat to American troops or the public at large, the White House said Friday. “It makes sense that if somebody’s trying to »

Botched Reporting

When John Kerry announced that he would not run for the Presidency next year, a number of news outlets connected his decision to the “botched joke” that brought widespread criticism from conservatives and military personnel. The MSM are mostly committed to the idea that Kerry’s gaffe was indeed a “botched joke,” but it’s really hard to explain just how Kerry got from a “joke” about President Bush to an apparent »

Lunch with Janice Rogers Brown

The confirmation of Janice Rogers Brown to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was a nice victory for the Bush administration and the conservative cause. More generally, the confirmation of opponents of an imperial judicary to positions on courts of appeals and, of course, the U.S. Supreme Court represents an important triumph. However, there was no triumphalism in Judge Brown’s luncheon address to the Washington, D.C. chapter »

A Spanish Inquisition

The government of Spain continues to persecute three American soldiers whom it blames for the accidental death of a Spanish journalist at the Hotel Palestine in Baghdad. A Spanish court has now issued a “search and capture” warrant against the three Americans, with a view toward trying them for murder. Blog of the Week Jules Crittenden has the story, with an added twist: Crittenden was there. I was a witness »

Joel Mowbray reports: Dead man speaking

Joel Mowbray ([email protected]) attended the three-day conference in Herzliya, Israel that concluded earlier this week. Joel has filed the first of a series of reports he will be filing with us on the conference. In his first report, Joel reflects on the concluding remarks by Prime Minister Olmert: On Wednesday night, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert headlined the closing session of the Herzliya Conference, Israel »

Infiltrating Iraq

Eli Lake’s story on the Iranian penetration of the Iraqi government is necessary reading in the context of the argument over pacifying Baghdad: “Debate erupts among intelligence services over Iran’s role in battle of Iraq.” Lake’s article is closely based on a controversial paper released this month by a former Army translator and current analyst for the Foreign Military Studies Office, an Army branch that works largely with open source »

The case for (and against) McCain

In his syndicated column Rich Lowry makes the serious case for John McCain as a profile in political courage: “The tragic courage of John McCain.” (Hugh Hewitt has an important footnote to Lowry’s column here.) Coincidentally, Ryan Sager’s New York Post column reminds us of the Frankenstein monster attacking the core of our First Amendment speech rights that Senator McCain has created: “Un-squelching free speech.” In “Dream palace of the »

More on “The Pledge”

Earlier today, Paul expressed his reservations about “the Pledge” that our friend Hugh Hewitt and others are promoting–that is, a pledge by Republican activists not to support any Republican who votes for any resolution expressing disagreement with the administration’s current Iraq strategy. Scott and I, too, have doubts about this approach. I certainly would not vote for Chuck Hagel or anyone else, Republican or Democrat, who voted for the defeatist »

Northern Alliance, Hour Two

The second hour of last Saturday’s radio show was really excellent, I think. We discussed and contrasted two stories, one of which is in the news, the other of which isn’t: Scooter Libby and Sandy Berger. We played, for those who haven’t heard it, the hilarious “Sandy Berger Can,” winner of Bill Bennett’s Sandy Berger song contest. We moved on to the story that Scott broke several years ago and »

The pledge

Our friend Hugh Hewitt has been leading a campaign to “bring[] informed pressure to bear on GOP senators gone wobbly on the war.” He’s referring to Senators who support the Democratic resolution criticizing the troop surge or who contemplate supporting a weaker version of such a resolution. Hugh is asking readers and bloggers to take a pledge not to contribute to the campaigns of Senators who vote for a resolution »

My Jimmy problem–and ours

Emory University Professor Kenneth Stein is the founding director of the Carter Center (1983-86) and the long time Carter Center fellow who resigned in disgust over Carter’s new book. The Middle East Quarterly has just posted Professor Stein’s important essay on the book: “My problem with Jimmy Carter’s book.” The accompanying press release explains: In the review, Stein documents not only the historical inaccuracies that permeate the book but also »

The day John met Paul

In Beatles lore it’s known as the day John met Paul. In Power Line lore it is the day in 1969 when two junior high school students disguised as Dartmouth sophomores won a debate tournament. And a partnership was formed. JOHN adds: Yikes! That’s some haircut. I think this was taken when I’d just completed a hunger strike, too. If I’m not mistaken, this was after a tournament at the »

Hillary’s blogad buy

There’s been a fair amount of commentary on Hillary Clinton’s initial decision to place ads on a few conservative blogs including Power Line. William Beutler has a good summary and discussion. I never actually saw her ad on Power Line, and Beutler says it was pulled (but we still get paid for the week). In any case, it seems that Hillary’s critics on left want to use her conservative blogad »

Mullahs Bearing Gifts?

Blog of the Week Jules Crittenden quotes from a just-released Stratfor report on Iran that is available only to Stratfor subscribers: [Saudi] Prince Bandar bin Sultan »

Conservative summitry

I’m looking forward to National Review’s conservative summit, which begins tomorrow night here in Washington, DC. In addition to speeches by Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Jeb Bush, the program will feature debates on the war in Iraq, the role of the Religious Right, immigration, and energy policy and panels on foreign policy, social issues, domestic policy, small government, and quotas. I’ll attend as much as I can and probably »

Strange new respect

At the Standard, Stephen Schwartz has an interesting column on the debate in London last Saturday between Daniel Pipes and London Mayor “Red” Ken Livingstone: “Arguing the world.” Schwartz remarks on the alliance between the radical left and radical Islam embodied by Livingstone’s debate partner: Pipes then homed in on the strangest aspect of the present British situation: the alliance between the U.K.’s radical Left and fundamentalist Islamist ideology. Pipes »

Is the New York Times a law unto itself?

Last summer, against the advice of a few of our best friends, John and I hosted a Frontline crew for interviews over the better part of a Saturday afternoon. The interview footage may have been left on the cutting room floor, but the Frontline series that brought the crew here will air in four installments starting February 13 (check local listings). The series is entitled “The News War” and Frontline »