Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Support Joni Ernst in terms Bruce Braley can understand

Featured image Here’s Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for the open Senate seat in Iowa, on the difficulties left-wingers encounter when running in the heartland: I think part of the problems that progressives have faced is that, at times, there has been an impression that there is an elitism among progressive policies that wants to ignore the realities of what’s going on in places between the east coast and the west coast. »

New Middle East reality should shatter West Bank myths

Featured image To superficial observers of the Middle East, the latest round of fighting in Gaza looks like a replay of previous rounds. Once again, it seems, Israel pounded Hamas but didn’t crush it. But there was something different this time around. This time, Hamas was far more isolated diplomatically. Egypt, the Saudis, and the Palestinian Authority all showed “no sympathy” for Hamas (as President Obama would say). Indeed, unlike President Obama »

Report: Hamas executed tunnel diggers

Featured image Digging tunnels for Hamas and living to tell about it is no sure thing. At least 160 Palestinian children reportedly died while performing the hazardous duty that the tunnel digging for Hamas entails. This number was reported in a pro-Palestinian journalist based on statements by Hamas officials in Gaza. But surviving the digging was only half the battle. Hamas reportedly executed dozens more diggers in the past few weeks out »

Hard-line Hillary: where is it coming from?

Featured image Jeffrey Goldberg reports on his remarkable interview with Hillary Clinton. The report and accompanying transcript make the former Secretary of State sound like a neo-conservative, at least in the loose sense in which the term is tossed about. First, Clinton takes President Obama to task for not intervening against ISIS in Syria. “The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of »

Obama’s pathetic excuse for not acting in Iraq

Featured image Why did President Obama stand by while ISIS conquered much of Iraq? The reason seems straightforward: he doesn’t believe in using force unless it’s part of an international effort. Obama has offered a different explanation, though. He says he’s been unwilling to intervene because “there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.” “The only lasting solution,” he adds, “is reconciliation among Iraqi communities and stronger Iraqi security »

Gary Williams enters the basketball Hall of Fame

Featured image Two coaches helped define my life as a Washington D.C. area sports fan — Joe Gibbs and Gary Williams. The contrast between the two is sharp. Gibbs was understated, mellow on the outside, and a conspicuous family man; Williams was brash, edgy, and seemingly a lone wolf. Gibbs made it look relatively easy (at least during his first Redskins coaching stint); Williams made it look painfully hard, — which, of »

A desperate hamas renews its rocket attacks

Featured image True to its word for once, Hamas today resumed rocket attacks on Israel as soon as the cease fire was scheduled to expire. It was a smart play by the terrorist outfit. One senses that Hamas’ stranglehold on Gaza depends on securing Israel’s agreement to remove its blockade. Without this, Hamas has nothing to show for the devastation brought on by its latest war. In this sense, Hamas has little »

President Obama finally moves against the “jayvee,” sort of

Featured image In an interview with the New Yorker’s David Remnick in January, President Obama dismissed ISIS as the “jayvee”: The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. Yesterday, with much of Iraq now in the jayvee’s hands, Obama finally recognized it as enough of a threat to warrant the authorization of U.S. »

Hillary Clinton and the hard choice of centrism

Featured image Anne Applebaum finds little merit in Hillary Clinton’s book Hard Choices from a policy or historical standpoint. She contends, however, that it provides insight into how candidate Clinton will portray herself over the next two years, and perhaps into the kind of president she would be. Applebaum is surely right to suppose that Hard Choices has much to tell us about how Clinton intends to present herself during her campaign »

Hamas warns of more rocket attacks unless all demands are met

Featured image Hamas has announced its position regarding a permanent cease fire with Israel: the Israelis must meet all of Hamas’ demands: [Hamas spokesman] Mushir al-Masri advised tens of thousands of Israelis who left their homes in the South not to return unless Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu complied with all the demands of Hamas and other groups. . . . The Hamas spokesman claimed that Israel has only one choice: to comply »

As negotiations begin, Obama sides with Hamas

Featured image Israel has agreed to extend a ceasefire that ended a month of fighting in Gaza beyond its Friday expiration date, the Jerusalem Post reports. However, Hamas says it will resume fighting unless significant progress is made in negotiations. For Hamas, significant progress means significant concessions on its demands for money, an end to Israel’s blockade, and access for Gaza’s Palestinians into Israel. If the past is any guide, Hamas would »

R2P? LOL

Featured image R2P stands for “responsibility to protect.” It’s a concept that Samantha Power, currently our ambassador to the United Nations, has persistently advocated. It means that responsibility to protect populations from genocide resides not just with the state that governs these populations. Thus, if a state fails to protect a population, or affirmatively threatens it, the responsibility to protect that pupulation becomes an international one. Power successfully pushed this concept as »

Please support the Power Line Picks

Featured image You have probably noticed that this year’s Power Line Picks are up on our main page. They consist of two Senate candidates — Rep. Tom Cotton (Ark) and Joni Ernst (Iowa) — and four House candidates — Mia Love (Utah-4), Stewart Mills (Minn-8), Alex Mooney (WVA-2), and Elise Stefanik (NY-21). Cotton and Love were on our 2012 slate, which many of you generously supported. Tom won a resounding victory, and »

Pat Roberts leads Tea Party challenger in Kansas [UPDATED, Roberts wins]

Featured image Tonight’s Republican Senate primary in Kansas has been billed by Politico as the “last shot” for the Tea Party to defeat a Republican incumbent Senator this year. Apparently, Politico assumes that Lamar Alexander in Tennessee is not vulnerable to his Tea Party challenger. So far, the returns are favorable to Roberts, but the race is close. Roberts leads challenger Milton Wolf by 47.8 percent to 41.4 percent with half of »

New peril for Israel, as cease fire appears to hold

Featured image The cease fire in Gaza appears to be holding and Israel has pulled back, its military campaign apparently over. Now comes the hard part — the diplomatic war. As Herb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post observes, Israel has almost always done far better on the battlefield than in the diplomatic arena that follows its wars. This is likely to be the case once again. Israel appears to have accomplished militarily »

Maliki finally aids Kurds; will Obama?

Featured image The Iraqi government has finally come to the aid of the beleaguered Kurds in their fight against ISIS. Prime Minister Maliki, alarmed by a string of ISIS victories in the north, sent his air force to support the Kurds. The air force began by bombing targets Sinjar, the most significant town captured by ISIS in the region so far. It then expanded its operations to a broader area, before returning »

Israel and Hamas agree to 72 hour cease fire

Featured image Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional cease fire of 72 hours. This cease fire is more likely to hold than previous ones because fighting had already decreased on its own. But we’ll see. The agreement was negotiated between Egypt and Hamas representatives in Cairo. Israel did not participate in the talks but accepted the cease fire. It’s instructive to recall that Israel and Egypt had come up with »