Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Israel moves into Gaza

Featured image Israeli forces launched a major ground offensive into Gaza today. The stated objective is to eliminate Hamas’s rocket capabilities and to dismantle the network of tunnels used by the militants to infiltrate Israel. Israel undertook the offensive only after diplomatic efforts in Cairo to negotiate a sustainable truce with Hamas broke down. According to Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, spokesman for the IDF, the ground offensive began at 10 p.m. Israeli »

When more diversity means less real diversity

Featured image A fascinating footnote to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 acceptance speech, about which I wrote about here, was the Arizona conservative’s insistence on the importance of “diversity.” Goldwater used the word six times in his 30-plus minute address. In describing the problems besetting America, Goldwater complained that “we have lost the brisk pace of diversity and the genius of individual creativity.” In describing his vision of America, Goldwater spoke of “cherished diversity »

The politics of immigration have flipped the Republicans’ way

Featured image I have argued that the surge across our border of young illegal immigrants from Central America has flipped the immigration debate. Now, a Gallup poll shows that the politics of immigration have also flipped. 17 percent now say that immigration is the top problem the U.S. faces. A month ago, only 5 percent saw immigration as our number one problem. Immigration is now effectively tied with “dissatisfaction with government” as »

Former labor secretary illegally solicited funds for Obama campaign

Featured image Hilda Solis, the former Secretary of Labor, hit up a Department of Labor employee for a contribution to the Obama reelection campaign. Solis’ fundraising activity, which violates the Hatch Act, has been captured in a voice mail message released today by Rep. Darrell Issa. Here is the text of Solis’ message: Hi—this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off-the-record here—Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help »

The Iran nuclear negotiations — slow motion defeat for the U.S.

Featured image John Kerry reportedly is preparing to extend the deadline for negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran. Evidently, the two sides are too far apart to reach an agreement by the deadline date of Sunday, July 20. In fact, as Seth Mandel points out, they are sufficiently at loggerheads that they plan to stop talking before the deadline is reached. Why are the two sides so far apart? Probably because Iran »

Ernst and Braley tied in Iowa

Featured image A new NBC/Marist poll of the Iowa Senate race finds Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst tied at 43 percent. The poll is of registered voters. The NBC/Marist result is in line with the findings, viewed collectively, of three surveys conducted last month. A Quinnipiac poll had Braley ahead by 4; a Loras College poll had Ernst up by 6; and a Rasmussen poll gave Ernst a 1 point »

The case for an Israeli incursion into Gaza

Featured image Now that Hamas has rejected the cease fire proposed by Egypt, the next logical step is for Israel to move into Gaza and capture and dismantle Hamas’ arsenal of rockets. It’s not clear, however, whether this is what Prime Minister Netanyahu has in mind. Netanyahu says that “when there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire.” But this could mean a continuation of Israel’s air attacks on Hamas’ arsenal, rather »

The scandal of part-time America

Featured image Mort Zuckerman, writing in the Wall Street Journal, notes the deceptive nature of the hype surrounding the June jobs report showing the addition of 288,000 jobs. In reality, full time jobs decreased by 523,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — a shocking number that is obscured, but hardly offset, by the addition of 800,000 part time jobs. Following the release of the June report, President Obama proclaimed, “Make »

This week in conservative history — Goldwater’s acceptance speech

Featured image 50 years ago this week, Barry Goldwater accepted the Republican nomination for president with this speech. Today, it makes for a great and timely read. But the speech should really be viewed (and can be here; watch for Richard Nixon’s reactions) in order to understand its impact. The main impact of the speech, unfortunately, was to scare Americans. Indeed, although Lyndon Johnson’s campaign did a masterful job of scaring Americans »

The ISIS-Assad alliance

Featured image My last post about ISIS contained this passage from a report by John Rogin: “ISIS and the regime are working together [Der al Zour], and ISIS controls the suburbs without any fear of attacks from the Syrian Arab Army.” The reported collaboration cuts against the conventional narrative in Syria. ISIS has been considered the sworn enemy of Assad — indeed, his most radical opponent. But ISIS and the regime have »

The fruits of Obama’s arrogance of impotence

Featured image Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post argues that it’s time for President Obama to select a new “team of rivals” to assist him. I don’t buy the argument that the administration’s woes have anything to do with personnel other than Obama himself. The “team of rivals” theme was never more than PR. Nor, in my opinion, has there been a significant diminution of talent in top level positions other than »

What real support for Israel looks like

Featured image Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement about the situation in Israel: The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region. Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on »

Obama to open-border types: In another life, I’d be on your side

Featured image Two weeks ago, President Obama met with advocates for illegal immigrants to discuss the current border crisis. According to Marshall Fitz, immigration policy director at the Center for American Progress, Obama, the former community organizer, told the group that “in another life, I’d be on the other side of the table.” Once again, we see Obama the opportunistic autobiographer. This is a man who published his autobiography (albeit partly fictitious) »

True “dreamers” flip the immigration debate

Featured image We’ve heard plenty over the past few years about “the dreamers,” young people who were brought into this country illegally by their parents and who, many argue, should be treated as if they were born here. These immigrants have dreams, to be sure, just as most young people in America do. But they also have it pretty good; they have grown up with most of the benefits of living in »

World Cup preview – The Final [UPDATE: Germany wins]

Featured image Germany and Argentina will play tomorrow in the World Cup final. Germany is the betting favorite. Nate Silver’s team estimates that the Germans have a 63 percent chance of winning. That sounds about right to me. Ever since it settled on its current lineup, Germany has been the best team on display in Brazil. The reshuffling was substantial. Lahm moved from midfield to right back; Schweinsteigger and Khedira were paired »

Obama’s America — unreliable for any good purpose

Featured image We have written several times about the logjam on visas for foreign interpreters who served our military during Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The logjam has been particularly egregious for Afghan interpreters. Even Democrats are appalled. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said last year: We have to keep our promise to individuals who risked their lives serving alongside our troops. Failing to act puts lives at further risk and hurts our credibility around »

Germany vs. Argentina, the history

Featured image When Germany and Argentina play in the World Cup final on Sunday, it will be the fifth time in the past eight World Cups the two teams have met in the knock-out stage. Argentina beat Germany in the 1986 final and Germany reversed the result in the final four years later. In 2006, Germany eliminated Argentina on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals. In the 2010 quarterfinals, Germany routed Argentina 4-0. »