Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Brexit: The latest example of Obama’s cluelessness

Featured image President Obama and his foreign policy team are perpetually surprised by the world. The rise of ISIS, the fall of Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood leader who succeeded him, the chaos in Libya, Putin’s aggression, Netanyahu’s reelection — all of these key developments (and others) wrong-footed the president and his advisers. You might almost think they don’t understand the world at all. Brexit is the latest manifestation of Team Obama’s »

Trump’s Star of David tweet displays incompetence, not anti-Semitism

Featured image Donald Trump is under fire for a tweet describing Hillary Clinton as “crooked” and the “most corrupt candidate ever.” The problem is that the tweet levels these accusations on a red Star of David on top of a pile of $100 bills. Moreover, the image apparently originated on a white supremacist movement message board. Does this tweet mean that Trump is anti-Semitic? No. Trump is vehemently pro-Israel and his daughter »

Michael Cimino dead at age 77

Featured image Michael Cimino, director of the acclaimed “The Deer Hunter” (1978) and the panned and financially ruinous “Heaven’s Gate” (1980), died today at age 77. I consider the former film slightly overrated (except for the pre-Vietnam part) and the latter underrated. But in both cases, I left the theater with the strong feeling that I had seen something, a sense I rarely got the time and get even less now. “The »

FBI interviews Hillary, as investigation seemingly winds down [UPDATED]

Featured image This morning, FBI investigators interviewed Hillary Clinton for three-and-a-half hours. The meeting took place at FBI headquarters in Washington. Presumably, the interview with Clinton signals that the FBI’s investigation is at or near an end. Investigators already have interviewed numerous Clinton aides, including the key ones: Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Bryan Pagliano, the IT technician who set up Hillary’s server. According to CNN, “sources” say the “expectation” is “there »

Should the GOP field keep its pledge to support the nominee?

Featured image Kevin Williamson argues that it is “absolutely the right thing to do” for Republican presidential aspirants to break their pledge to support the Republican nominee now that Trump seems to have the nomination locked up. In Williamson’s view, taking the pledge was a mistake in judgment and, as such, can be forgiven. Supporting Trump, by contrast, would be an unforgivable breach of honor. I see it differently. The promise to »

Lynch says she’ll accept recommendation on Clinton prosecution, but won’t recuse herself

Featured image Attorney General Loretta Lynch said today that she “fully expect[s]” to accept the recommendations of the “career agents and investigators” who are considering whether Hillary Clinton should be criminally charged in connection with her scandalous use of a private email server. In response to a follow-up question, she said “I will accept their recommendations,” and added that “the case will be resolved by the same team that has been working »

Finally, a WaPo op-ed that backs Trump

Featured image Charles Kesler, writing in the Washington Post, takes on the Never Trump movement. Without wanting to shortchange Kesler’s worthwhile piece, the most remarkable thing about it may be its appearance in the Post. To my knowledge, not a single conservative or right of center columnist in the Post’s stable has expressed anything other than contempt for Donald Trump. From Charles Krauthammer to Jennifer Rubin, they all seem to despise the »

This week’s polls show improvement for Trump

Featured image This week saw the release of six major surveys of a Clinton-Trump head-to-head race. Five of them have Clinton in the lead. They are IBD/TIPP (Clinton +4), Fox News (Clinton +6), PPP, a Democratic firm (Clinton +4), Quinnipiac (Clinton +2), and Reuters/Ipsos (Clinton +10). One poll, by Rasmussen, has Trump ahead (+4). Quinnipiac and Reuters had the largest sample sizes. The margin of error (MOE) for these two polls is »

Dereliction of duty in the Persian Gulf

Featured image On the evening in which the capture by Iran of the crews of two U.S. Navy boats hit the news, I happened to be in the company of three retired high ranking military officials. The reaction of all three was the same: the crews were derelict in their duty; heads should roll. The Navy, having wrapped up its investigation of the matter, has reached the same conclusion. Its report finds »

No jailbreak legislation this year

Featured image The bipartisan jailbreak legislation — known as the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act — is dead in this session of Congress. Sens. Dick Durbin and John Cornyn, key backers of the Act, have basically conceded defeat. Cornyn said he had hoped the House would move more quickly and provide momentum for the legislation in the Senate. But, he added, “apparently we ran out of time.” In reality, the demise of »

Ted Cruz exposes administration’s willful blindness to jihad

Featured image On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz held a hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, which he chairs. The subject was the Obama administration’s willful blindness when it comes to radical Islamic terrorism. You can view the hearing below, and I encourage you to watch as much of it as you can. Sen. Cruz’s opening statement is here. Andy McCarthy’s testimony is here. Another of »

Getting it right at Euro 2016 — better late than never

Featured image For me, the most fascinating aspect of big international soccer tournaments is the quest of team managers to determine their best team. It seems odd that a manager wouldn’t know his best team going in, but remember that international teams — e.g., Italy and England — don’t really exist as a unit of players until around three weeks before a big tournament. During the rest of the year, a collection »

Is Hillary to blame for the lack of a military response in Benghazi?

Featured image Yesterday, I linked to the additional views that Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo presented in connection with the report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. I’m told that a major reason for submitting additional views was the unwillingness of Trey Gowdy, chairman of the committee, to present any conclusions in his report. Gowdy and the chief investigator decided just to present the facts — no conclusions. If they »

New York Times still peddles narrative Ben Rhodes told the paper is false

Featured image Now that Ben Rhodes has confessed that the Obama administration’s narrative about an Iran in which “moderates” wield significant influence was “largely manufactured” for the purpose of selling the nuclear, you might think that the mainstream media media would stop peddling this narrative. You might think that at least the New York Times, which broke the story of Rhodes confession, would stop doing so. You would be wrong. Cliff Smith »

What’s next for amnesty?

Featured image The Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in the executive amnesty case means that the lower court’s ruling invalidating that amnesty is affirmed. Executive amnesty will not be granted while Obama is president. What happens after that? If Donald Trump is elected, presumably there will be no mass amnesty. Trump is unpredictable, but probably not unpredictable enough to do amnesty. In the more likely event that Hillary Clinton is elected, matters will »

Benghazi report details Clinton’s malfeasance and nonfeasance

Featured image The House Select Committee on Benghazi has issued its report. The 800-page document is the result of an investigation that, according to the committee, encompassed 81 new witnesses and 75,000 pages of new documents. The report covers every aspect of the Benghazi scandal — the “before,” the “during,” and multiple phases of the “after.” At Hot Air, Larry O’Connor provides a good summary and Ed Morrissey homes in on the »

Key backer of Iran deal was on Boeing’s payroll but didn’t disclose it

Featured image Earlier this month, an Iranian official stated that his country had reached a deal to buy planes from Boeing — the first deal of its kind between Iran and a U.S. company since sanctions were lifted pursuant to the Iran nuclear deal. The deal reportedly will be worth $25 billion to Boeing. Not long thereafter, Betsy Woodruff of the Daily Beast reported that Thomas Pickering, a prominent diplomat and a »