Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

13 facts about Fidel Castro

Featured image Carlos Eire is a professor of history and religious studies at Yale University. Writing in the Washington Post, Prof. Eire presents 13 facts about Fidel Castro. I will follow Eire’s lead and use bullet points for these facts as “a fitting metaphor for someone who used firing squads to murder thousands of his own people.” ●He turned Cuba into a colony of the Soviet Union and nearly caused a nuclear »

Castro wanted nuclear war [UPDATED]

Featured image In my post about Fidel Castro’s death I wrote: “It has never been clear to me whether Castro asked the Soviets for missiles or whether the Soviets initiated the idea and Castro agreed (as the New York Times says).” But wherever that idea originated, the evidence is that Castro advocated striking the U.S. with Soviet nukes. In other words, he called for thermonuclear war. Here, via Andrew Stuttaford, is an »

Dems’ smear campaign against Sessions likely to backfire

Featured image It has become clear that, at least until Donald Trump nominates a Supreme Court Justice (and quite possibly beyond that point), congressional Democrats intend to make opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General the centerpiece of their early resistance to the new president. The talking point you will hear and read about the most is alleged racism by Sen. Sessions. However, the true reasons for the opposition are »

Russia freakout

Featured image The freakout over Donald Trump’s alleged love affair with Vladimir Putin may or may not have a firm basis in reality. But to the extent that it’s Democrats who are freaking out, I can’t help but note their hypocrisy. It was President Obama and then-Secretary of State Clinton who gave us the Russian reset, one consequence of which was to deny Poland and the Czech Republic a missile shield. It »

Fidel Castro finally dies

Featured image Fidel Castro has died. He was 90 years old. It will be fascinating to read and view the mainstream media’s treatment of the dead dictator. I wonder to what extent the MSM, which wants to resist “normalizing” Donald Trump, will normalize the Cuban tyrant and his regime, as President Obama has done to some extent. I expect we will see at least a few stories in the “he did some »

It’s Nikki Haley for U.N. Ambassador

Featured image I am away for Thanksgiving and hadn’t intended to blog. But I want to comment briefly on Donald Trump’s decision to select Nikki Haley for the U.N. ambassador post. I think it’s an excellent choice. Haley should be able to stand up to bullying by our adversaries. After all, she stood up well to Trump during the campaign. Haley is, I believe, in tune with Trump’s nationalism but will uphold »

Did Pence want to be booed?

Featured image Of course not. But that’s the theory of a liberal Washington Post writer called Catherine Rampell. She writes: I. . .wouldn’t be surprised if Pence attended Friday’s performance specifically hoping, or at least expecting, to stoke boos and a brouhaha that would ultimately rouse the Republican base — and distract from much more embarrassing Trump-related news. What embarrassing Trump-related news? The Trump University settlement, foreign diplomats booking stays at Trump’s »

Freakout on Broadway shows conservatives should maintain a status apart

Featured image Conservatives critics have written favorably about the musical “Hamilton.” Alexander Hamilton is, after all, a hero to some conservatives. And conservatives are inclined to be pleased any time large audiences are exposed to American history in a manner that doesn’t abuse or demean men like Hamilton. In the case of “Hamilton,” conservative critics found the history presented to be serious and reasonably accurate. Even so, I couldn’t help suspecting that, »

Imagine

Featured image This report comes to us via Rockslide. We cannot vouch for its accuracy: The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican presidential campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution. Canadian border residents say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of »

Will Team Trump air Obama’s Iran secrets?

Featured image For years, Republicans and conservatives have charged that President Obama has shielded embarrassing intelligence and other information regarding Iran in order to limit opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and Obama’s conciliatory approach to Tehran. The charge seems well-founded. After all, it took Sens. Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Pompeo to discover secret side agreements attached to the nuclear deal. Eli Lake suggests that the Trump administration may well stop »

Mike Pence takes the high road

Featured image John has written about what happened when Mike Pence attended the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” yesterday. First, members of the audience booed Pence when he and his family took their seats. Then, when the performance was over and the Pences were exiting, a member of the cast read a harangue against Donald Trump, on behalf of the cast, that was addressed to the vice president-elect. In response, Trump went on »

Can Trump deliver to his base on economics?

Featured image Donald Trump cracked the Democrats’ “blue wall” by narrowly winning Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. He accomplished this by attracting non-upscale white voters. He also took advantage, it seems, of lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton among black voters in cities such as Philadelphia, Detroit, and Milwaukee. Has Trump thereby transformed the electoral landscape? The answer probably depends on the extent to which his policies improve, or will be perceived as »

Study: Black police officers more likely than white officers to shoot blacks

Featured image Michael Rushford of the Crime and Consequences blog calls attention to a new study by John Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center and Carlisle Moody of the College of William and Mary. The two scholars developed a database for police shootings nationwide from 2013 through 2015. Their database is significantly larger and more detailed than the data available through the FBI. Lott and Carlisle found that white officers »

Conservative lawyers favor Sykes or Pryor for Supreme Court

Featured image Ten days after his victory, Donald Trump has already made several key personnel decisions. He filled three major staff positions and two extremely important posts that require Senate approval — Attorney General and CIA Director. However, his most important selection, Supreme Court Justice, may not come for a while. Unlike staff and Cabinet/sub-Cabinet jobs, Justices don’t have to prepare to administer a bureaucracy. Thus, the need for Trump to select »

Freakout by Elizabeth Warren [UPDATED]

Featured image The left is going to make attacking Jeff Sessions the cornerstone of its early resistance to Donald Trump. Elizabeth Warren, a possible presidential contender in 2020, sounded the call almost immediately, asserting a moral imperative to block Sessions’ confirmation. The alleged moral imperative is based on stale and, in some cases, disputed claims of mildly racist comments that were alleged 30 years ago when Sessions was denied confirmation for a »

Mike Pompeo: a great appointment, Part Two

Featured image I agree with John’s assessment that Mike Pompeo is a great appointment for CIA Director. Pompeo was a leading opponent of the Iran deal. He worked with our friend Sen. Tom Cotton to discover important secret side deals to that agreement. Pompeo is also a proponent of detaining terrorists at Gitmo. In addition, he supported the “enhanced” interrogation methods used during the Bush administration. Regarding CIA personnel who employed such »

The Michael Flynn selection

Featured image Donald Trump has selected Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser. The selection is a natural one. Flynn was Trump’s go-to guy on national security matters during the campaign. The retired Lt. General is already under attack on a number of fronts, both personal and substantive. The focus should be on substance. I don’t know Flynn’s views on the full range of national security related topics. I agree with »