Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Anti-semitism rears its head in London

Featured image John wrote here about the display of anti-Semitism directed by fans of Lazio, an Italian soccer team, against Tottenham Hotspur supporters in Rome last week. Before the match, Lazio’s “Ultras” attacked Spurs fans, sending one to the hospital with serious stab wounds. Then, during the match, they chanted “Juden Tottenham” – using the German word for Jew — and unfurled a “Free Palestine” banner. Tottenham, as John noted, is strongly »

Does this mean it’s now okay to say that Obama is a redistributionist?

Featured image With the reelection of President Obama secured, Washington Post economics reporter Zachary Goldfarb finally identifies “the bedrock belief that has driven the president for decade” (or Obama’s “driving force,” per the web edition). That bedrock belief is that the power of the federal government must be used reduce income inequality in America. According to Goldfarb, Obama formed this belief as a child and young adult living abroad, where he observed, »

Why did Obama broker a victory for Hamas?

Featured image With unusual candor, the Washington Post declares in its top headline that “Hamas’ tactics garner support” and that “Palestinians see path to victory through fighting.” This strengthening of Hamas is the entirely predictable consequence of the cease fire that the Obama administration worked to impose on Israel. Because Hamas waged war against Israel and the Israelis backed down, it is (to quote) the Post “the commonly held view in both »

State Department wonders why Egyptians can’t get along

Featured image The U.S. State Department responded to Mohamed Morsi’s grab of near dictatorial powers, and to the protests of the Egyptian people thereto, with this statement: The decisions and declarations announced on November 22 raise concerns for many Egyptians and for the international community. One of the aspirations of the revolution was to ensure that power would not be overly concentrated in the hands of any one person or institution. The »

Political suicide, anyone?

Featured image In an article referenced by Scott earlier today, Byron York shows that Mitt Romney did not lose the election because of his failure to win the Hispanic vote. Romnwy would have lost in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire even if he had gained a large portion of the Hispanic votes in these key battleground states. York also demonstrates that, as we have argued, Hispanics are not a natural »

Riding high on his U.S. manufactured diplomatic triumph, Morsi grabs authoritarian powers at home

Featured image Yesterday, in commenting on President Obama’s apparent conclusion that the Muslim Brotherhood represents the wave of the future in the Middle East, I noted the unimpressive nature of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s electoral victory. But it is not popularity that makes Morsi and the Brotherhood look like the wave of the future. Rather, it is their will to power — the same sort of will that made Hitler and Stalin »

Obama helped hand victory to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood

Featured image I haven’t seen a better analysis of the cease-fire agreement that ended, for now, the conflict between Israel and Hamas than this one by David Goldman in FrontPage Magazine. Here are excerpts: Hamas fires 275 rockets at Israel and is rewarded with de facto acceptance as a legitimate negotiating partner in the Middle East peace process, as well as with a relaxation of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza coast. »

Iran, what Iran?

Featured image Fareed Zakaria claims that Israel dominates the New Middle East. He concludes, therefore, that Israel’s existence is not in danger. But in his analysis, Zakaria never once mentions Iran. I think it’s widely understood that Zakaria is overrated as a pundit. With this column, he shows himself to be unserious. »

The pros and cons of the cease fire agreement

Featured image Let’s take a preliminary look at the advantages and disadvantages of the cease fire agreement, from an Israeli and traditional pro-Western perspective. There are two big advantages. First, the agreement puts an end, at least for now, to the bombardment of Israel. I suspect that Hamas was approaching the end of its ability effectively to bombard and, for this reason, was willing to agree to the cease fire. Even so, »

The Gaza disengagement in hindsight

Featured image Bret Stephens, one of my favorite commentators, acknowledges that he was wrong to support Israel’s disengagement from Gaza in 2005. Max Boot stops just short of such an admission. Thus prompted, I decided to check out what I wrote about disengagement from Gaza at the time. Here is what I said: Natanyahu [who had just resigned from the government in protest of leaving Gaza] is correct on the merits of »

Come home, Hillary

Featured image The bombing of the bus in Tel Aviv confirms the folly of attempting to negotiate a cease fire with Hamas at this time. If Israel wants to end attacks by Hamas for an extended period, it needs to defeat Hamas militarily. If Israel wants to show that the “Arab Spring” has not altered the Middle East to Israel’s detriment, it needs to defeat Hamas militarily. If Israel wants to maximize »

That didn’t take long — Obama reverses himself on Israel

Featured image We gave Obama credit for his initial reaction to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, namely that Israel “has the right to defend itself” against attack and that the Israelis will make their own decisions about their “military tactics and operations.” We recognized, however, that Obama would likely back away from this line if the conflict dragged on for an extended period of time. As it turned out, Obama reversed »

CBS News claims that Office of the DNI removed references to al Qaeda and terrorism

Featured image Citing “an intelligence source,” CBS News reports that the “Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)” cut references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack, and did so with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. Neither the State Department nor the White House made these changes, according to CBS. But the DNI himself, James Clapper, »

France loses top credit rating

Featured image There has been plenty of speculation that France may become Europe’s next economic basket case. The Economist, for example, last week declared France a “time bomb at the heart of Europe.” The French government responded by calling the Economist’s crtique “sensationalist journalism” and claiming that it lacked “even-handedness.” However, Moody, presumably an even-handed, non-sensationalist outfit, has just downgraded France’s credit rating. It lowered the rating one notch, from Aaa to »

Israelis support air attacks but do not favor an invasion

Featured image The Israeli public overwhelmingly backs its government’s decision to launch operation Pillar of Defense in response to Hamas’ rocket attacks against southern Israel. A poll taken for the Israeli Center for Political Training found that 85 percent of Israelis believe embarking on the operation was the correct decision. Israelis divide, however, on the question of what should happen next. According to the same poll, 45 percent favor continuing the air »

Decision time for Israel

Featured image Israel apparently has succeeded in significantly degrading Hamas’ rocket capacity. Hamas continues to launch rockets into southern Israel, but for the first time in several days it launched none of the longer range missiles that can reach Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Israel’s priority has been to take out these missiles and it seems to be succeeding. Unfortunately, Hamas is thought to retain thousands of missiles capable of reaching southern Israel. »

University of Maryland to leave ACC for Big Ten

Featured image The University of Maryland announced today that its sports program will leave the Atlantic Coast Conference and join the Big Ten. The move will take effect in 2014. Maryland has been part of the ACC for nearly 60 years. However, it has sound reasons for wanting to join the Big Ten. First and foremost is money. Maryland athletics have been financially strapped to the point that earlier of this year »