Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The stakes in Georgia

Featured image Scott writes below about today’s special election to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. He observes, “If [Jon] Ossoff were to win today, Democrats and their media adjunct won’t let us stop hearing about it.” He is correct. If Ossoff doesn’t win today, and doesn’t come close enough to 50 percent to suggest he will win a runoff, we won’t hear much about it. Yet, it »

Democrat tells his party to “stop bumming people out”

Featured image Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, is sick of Democratic fundraising emails. He tweeted: Who writes these? They really need to stop bumming people out. In order to win we must communicate that we BELIEVE. Chuck Ross reports that Schatz was responding to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee email asking for financial support ahead of Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The subject of the email was: »

Erdogan’s narrow victory: What does it mean?

Featured image On Sunday, a narrow majority of Turkish voters agreed to grant sweeping powers to their president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The referendum that accomplishes this was approved by slightly more than 51 percent of the electorate, amidst allegations of fraud by Erdogan and his backers. Voters in Istanbul, Ankara, and other major cities rejected the constitutional changes proposed by Erdogan. Approval was due to voters in the countryside where, says David »

Hypocrisy abounds on Trump’s attack on Syrian air base

Featured image In a terrific post called “The Power of Silence,” Scott noted that Samantha Power, once the leading advocate of military intervention to combat genocidal practices, had nothing to say in favor of President Trump’s use of force to combat Bashar al-Assad’s genocidal use of chemical weapons. Such partisan hypocrisy was not confined to the left, though. Sen. Marco Rubio led the justified praise of Trump’s one-time missile attack. However, when »

Trump has a good week; Chuck Todd calls him “flip flopper”

Featured image Driving to a baseball game today, I caught the first few minutes of “Meet the Press.” Chuck Todd was trying to make the case that President Trump is a serial flip-flopper. He cited three examples. None was compelling. Two of them involved a shift in labeling. During the presidential campaign, Trump labeled NATO “obsolete” and China a “currency manipulator.” Now he says NATO isn’t obsolete and China isn’t a currency »

Recalling Hillary’s seance

Featured image This Washington Post story about a journalism dispute between Bob Woodward and ghost writer Barbara Feinman Todd is of little interest qua dispute. However, it pertains to a remarkable story about which I had forgotten — Hillary Clinton’s imaginary conversations, during her time as First Lady, with Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi. As far as I can tell, the matter was not raised or noted by the mainstream media during »

A book deal for Huma Abedin?

Featured image Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s long-time confidante, is looking for a book deal. Reportedly, her asking price is $2 million. Jazz Shaw doubts that there’s a sufficient market for Abedin’s story to support this price. He may be right. However, Abedin strikes me as by far the most interesting person in Hillary Clinton’s world, with the obvious exception of Bill. First, there is her family background and ethnicity. Her parents are »

Failure to launch

Featured image North Korea put on quite a show Saturday, parading an impressive-looking array of nuclear missiles accompanied by the obligatory goose-stepping soldiers. According to the Washington Post, “experts were stunned at the sheer number of new missiles on display during the parade — including, apparently, a new and previously unknown type of intercontinental ballistic missile.” However, the day ended badly for Kim Jong Un when North Korea’s latest missile launch, touted »

Trump has rattled North Korea. Is this wise?

Featured image North Korea is threatening military action against South Korea and the United States. Indeed, it has promised to send “nuclear thunderbolts” at the first sign of a preemptive American strike. North Korea has made threats like this before. However, I believe President Trump has rattled Kim Jong Un, something previous administrations failed, or didn’t want, to do. Consider the events of this week. The Trump administration has launched an air »

Alan Dershowitz turns the tables on Sean Spicer’s critics

Featured image Last night, I wrote about the over-the-top criticism of Sean Spicer’s misstatement about Hitler and the use of chemical weapons. Spicer shouldn’t have compared Hitler favorably to Assad on this score, but to suggest that his comment shows latent anti-Semitism, or makes him a Holocaust denier, is slanderous. Alan Dershowitz agrees. Indeed, he takes the analysis further, finding that those trying to make political hay out of Spicer’s misstatement are »

Sean Spicer’s honest mistake

Featured image White House press secretary Sean Spicer is under intense fire for saying during a press conference, in the context of condemning Bashar al-Assad, that Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” Hitler does not appear ever to have authorized the use of chemical weapons on the battle field. However, he authorized mass killing through the use of chemicals at concentration camps. Spicer has apologized profusely for his statement. »

What is the Trump administration’s domestic policy?

Featured image Rich Lowry, whom I quoted here on the meaning of Steve Bannon’s apparent fall from grace, offers more on the subject. In a piece for Politico, he writes: No one can know for sure how this ends. Perhaps it’s all papered over, or maybe Bannon keeps his head down to fight another day. But it’s hard to see how Kushner doesn’t prevail in one form or other, together with the »

What is the Trump administration’s Syria policy?

Featured image I think I understand the Trump administration’s Syria policy. In western Syria, we will assist the forces fighting against ISIS; in eastern Syria, we will enforce former president Obama’s alleged red line on chemical weapons, but otherwise stay out of the fight. However, statements yesterday from top Trump administration officials make me wonder about the second prong of its Syria policy, thus understood. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the »

Steve Bannon’s ouster would be a blow to conservatives

Featured image President Trump has reinforced speculation that Steve Bannon may be on his way out as a member of the White House inner circle. He did so in an interview with Michael Goodwin of the New York Post. Goodwin reports: When I asked the president Tuesday afternoon if he still has confidence in Bannon, who took over the campaign in mid-August, I did not get a definitive yes. “I like Steve, »

Has Trump’s “wires tapped” tweet been vindicated?

Featured image As John discussed last night, the Washington Post is reporting that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page. If the report is true, and I assume it is, this means that the Obama administration obtained a FISA order to spy on at least one campaign associate of Donald Trump. John contends that the surveillance of Page means Trump’s famous tweets about Obama tapping his »

“The Trump era” begins; NPR attacks [UPDATED]

Featured image Yesterday, Attorney General Sessions signaled the Trump administration’s determination to crack down on illegal immigration. In a speech delivered in the border town of Nogales, Arizona, Sessions declared this “the Trump era” and warned that those who cross the border illegally risk prosecution under the full force of the law. NPR News responded by reporting on the lives of several Mexicans deported under President Trump. Having lived in the U.S. »

Explosions in Dortmund [UPDATED]

Featured image I have just returned from two weeks in Japan during which I paid scant attentions either to the news or to soccer. Now, both have jolted my consciousness, due to a series of explosions near a bus carrying the Dortmund soccer team to a big European match against Monaco. Early reports indicate that the team bus was rocked by three explosions. One Dortmund player, Marc Bartra (a decent center-back formerly »