Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Playing the race card against Netanyahu

Featured image The West seems to be in the process of switching sides when it comes to Israel and Iran. Negotiations that will lift sanctions on Iran are in the final stages; meanwhile European leaders are discussing the imposition of sanctions on Israel. Moreover, under President Obama, the U.S. is no longer committed to ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program which represents an existential threat to Israel. Instead, it is prepared to sign »

Additional thoughts on the Kaus case and on Fox News

Featured image I’d like to add a few observations to Scott’s important post about Mickey Kaus’ departure from the Daily Caller. Kaus wrote a column criticizing Fox News for not leading the charge against Obama’s executive amnesty. Tucker Carlson, a Fox News contributor and host, pulled the column. Kaus resigned. I raised basically the same concern as Kaus tried to about Fox News during the debate on the Schumer-Rubio amnesty legislation in »

Lowly Everton is England’s last hope [UPDATE - and then there were none]

Featured image This has been a dreadful Premier League season for Everton Football Club. Our record is 7 wins, 12 defeats, and 10 draws. For the first time in years, we have genuine relegation worries. In fact, until Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle, Everton was only three points above the drop zone. Nonetheless, Everton is the last English club playing in European competition. Mighty Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal were all eliminated »

What happens next in Israel?

Featured image Benjamin Netanyahu has won; now what? The answer may depend to some extent on what kind of a governing coalition he forms. Will he form one with the major right-wing parties or will he put together a unity government that includes the center-left? Mario Loyola suggests that given the gravity of the threats to Israel’s security, a unity government might make more sense. Regardless of the nature of the governing »

Israel, “the world’s most vibrant democracy”

Featured image Like the American left, Palestinians aren’t pleased about Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory. But some Palestinian opinion leaders are taking the news more graciously than David Axelrod and, I would argue, President Obama. Evelyn Gordon reports: A veteran Palestinian journalist from Ramallah summed up the prevailing sentiment [among Palestinians] succinctly. “We say all these bad things about Israel, but at least the people there have the right to vote and enjoy democracy,” »

The left’s angry response to Netanyahu’s victory

Featured image As a bonus to Benjamin Netanyahu’s unexpected victory in Israel’s election, we are treated to the public gnashing of teeth by the American left. For example, David Axelrod tweeted: “Tightness of exits in Israel suggests Bibi’s shameful 11th hour demagoguery may have swayed enough votes to save him. But at what cost?” This is rich coming from Axelrod who, as Mary Katharine Ham points out, “ran a campaign that accused »

“Hillary’s email defense is laughable”

Featured image So says Dan Metcalfe, a Democrat who served for more than a quarter-century as founding director of the Justice Department’s Office of Information and Privacy and, as such, was the federal government’s chief information-disclosure “guru.” Clinton defends her use of a private email account on the theory that there was not a flat, categorical prohibition on federal government officials ever using their personal email accounts for the conduct of official »

Why did Netanyahu win?

Featured image Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory in the Israeli Knesset elections. The opposition claims the declaration is premature and, like Netanyahu, its candidate is talking about forming a government. Assuming that Netanyahu and his Likud party have triumphed, the question is why. I’ll leave to Israeli analysts to provide a definitive answer if they can. My suspicion is that Netanyahu owes his victory in no small part to President Obama. From »

State Department says it has no signed OF-109 from Clinton

Featured image The State Department says it has no record of a “separation statement” from Hillary Clinton. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, “we have reviewed Secretary Clinton’s official personal file and administrative files and do not have any record of her signing any of the 0F-109.” The OF-109 form requires all departing personnel to certify, if they can, that they have “surrendered to responsible officials all unclassified documents, and papers relating to »

Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton, compare and contrast

Featured image Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton are similar in several respects. Both attended top Ivy League colleges and graduated from Harvard Law School. Both are extremely intelligent. Both were elected to the U.S. Senate as darlings of many conservatives. Neither was shy upon arrival. Both made their initial splash in committee hearings — Cruz when he took on Dianne Feinstein; Cotton when he said the Gitmo detainees can rot in hell. »

Correction on Loretta Lynch

Featured image I just put up a post claiming that Loretta Lynch, the pending nominee for Attorney General of the United States, was the Clinton campaign staffer who, in 1992, compiled Team Clinton’s version of Hillary Clinton’s relationship with crooked banker Jim McDougal and of her involvement as a lawyer for McDougal’s Castle Grande scam. The post was erroneous. A different Loretta Lynch served the Clintons in this capacity. I apologize for »

Document theft and destruction nothing new for Hillary Clinton

Featured image Those who say that Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is the 1990s all over again may not know how right they are. We’re not just witnessing a replay of Hillary’s “rules don’t apply to me,” hunker down mentality. We’re witnessing a replay of document expropriation and destruction by Ms. Clinton. This time, the documents in question are records, in the form of emails, that document her conduct as Secretary of State. »

Obama-Kerry magical thinking, then and now

Featured image Secretary of State John Kerry says he’s willing to talk with Syrian president Assad in the hope of reaching an agreement to end Syria’s civil war. “We have to negotiate in the end,” said Kerry. “What we’re pushing for is to get him to come and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds.” Kerry is always in favor of negotiating, and »

Ferguson shooter was a protester

Featured image St. Louis County officials say they have arrested a 20-year-old Missouri man in connection with the shooting of two local police officers. Jeffrey Williams reportedly has admitted to the shooting. He claims, however, that he did not intend to shoot the police officers. Rather, he fired the shots in connection with a dispute with another individual, but missed his target and struck the officers instead. Anything is possible. Contrary to »

State Department must produce Hillary’s flight records

Featured image Yesterday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ordered the State Department to produce the flight logs and expense records of all of Hillary Clinton’s official trips. The order was issued in a case under the Freedom of Information Act brought by Citizens United, the conservative activist group. Judge Gladys Kessler, a liberal, issued the order. According to David Bossie, counsel for Citizens United, the documents were requested in order to »

Michael Gerson’s misguided attack on the Cotton letter

Featured image Michael Gerson, writing in the Washington Post, joins the chorus of critics of the letter to Iran drafted by Sen. Tom Cotton and signed by 46 of his Republican colleagues. According to Gerson, the worst aspect of the letter — the thing he considers “the real scandal” — is the procedure surrounding it. Gerson notes that the drafter, Cotton, has only two months experience in the Senate. But the letter »

Did Hillary Clinton improperly share classified information? [UPDATED]

Featured image During her press conference earlier this week, Hillary Clinton said she had “her counsel” review the 60,000 or so pages of email that were on the private server she used as Secretary of State. Several times, she referred to her counsel as “they.” Thus, more than one lawyer reviewed her email trove. Presumably, the work was done by a team. Did the reviewing lawyers have security clearance? It seems unlikely. »