Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

New York Times exposes Obama’s shameless ISIS blame-shifting

Featured image Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt of the New York Times destroy President Obama’s attempt to shift blame to the intelligence community for his lack of focus on ISIS: By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just as worrisome, they said, were reports of deteriorating readiness and morale among »

In Iowa Senate debate, Braley’s neighbor’s chickens come home to roost

Featured image Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley held their first debate last night. Immigration was front-and-center, which is probably not a bad thing for Ernst. Braley tried, however, to spin the issue into an advertisement for his “bipartisanship.” He invited Ernst to “join John McCain and Marco Rubio in calling on Speaker Boehner to bring this immigration bill to the floor of the House so we can pass it.” Ernst declined the »

Leading Dem insider: Save America; scrap the Constitution

Featured image Harry Reid is a determined radical, intent on limiting freedom, overturning American traditions, and remaking our institutions in the name of crushing the opposition and empowering the left. His attempt to amend the First Amendment to curb free speech is a natural extension of his obliteration of longstanding Senate rules that promote deliberation and minority input. But Reid seems almost moderate by left-wing Democrat standards. Take Donna Brazile, vice-chair of »

Kay Hagan’s husband received stimulus cash

Featured image Kay Hagan has managed to maintain a lead in the North Carolina Senate race even as her fellow Obama-supporting Southerners Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu have fallen slightly behind. The latest poll, by CNN/Opinion Research, has her leading Republican Thom Tillis 46-43. This is consistent with the Real Clear Politics average in which she leads by 3.5 points. Why is Hagan ahead in a state President Obama failed to carry »

Groundhog day — the coverup was worse than the crime

Featured image New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands. Specifically, the blood of “Staten Island Chuck,” New York City’s equivalent of Punxsutawney Phil. The New York Post reports that a week after the left-wing mayor dropped Staten Island Chuck in front of a crowd of spectators on Ground Hog Day, the winter-weather prognosticator died. The groundhog was found dead at the Staten Island Zoo on Feb. 9. »

This day in baseball — Phillies overtaken

Featured image On September 27, 1964, the Milwaukee Braves completed a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, extending the Phils’ losing streak to seven games. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds took a double-header from the New York Mets to extend their winning steak to nine. As a result, the Reds leap-frogged the Phillies, moving into first place by one game. The St. Louis Cardinals lurked just a game and a half behind Cincinnati. »

The Khorasan Group — it’s legit

Featured image Last night I wrote about the “Khorasan Group” — the name used to describe operatives sent by al Qaeda to Syria for the purpose of plotting attacks against the West. In discussing the unusual name attached to these operatives, I quoted two experts on terrorism who speculated in the Washington Post that the name was supplied by Washington. Based on this reporting, I concluded: Perhaps further investigation will reveal that »

Does Obama have congressional authority to bomb ISIS?

Featured image Yesterday at the Heritage Foundation, a distinguished panel considered whether the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 authorizes President Obama to bomb ISIS. Steve Bradbury, a terrific lawyer who headed up the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel during President George W. Bush’s second term, argued that the AUMF confers this authority. Robert Chesney, a law professor at the University of Texas and »

What’s in the Khorasan name?

Featured image “The Khorasan Group.” It sounds like a consulting firm, or maybe an orgiastic cult. Actually, though, it’s the name applied to a terrorist outfit the Obama administration targeted for bombing in Syria earlier this week in attacks separate from those aimed at ISIS. But what kind of terrorist organization is the Khorasan Group and where does the name come from? According to the reports I’ve read, the Khorasan Group is »

Support Elise Stefanik; defeat a tax cheat

Featured image Elise Stefanik is running for Congress in New York’s 21st district, an open seat. She is Power Line pick. Her credentials are outstanding. Stefanik’s opponent is Aaron Woolf, a wealthy Democrat whose major claim to fame is that he produced and directed a documentary called “King Corn.” The film is a critique of federal subsidies for American corn farmers. We pointed to the hypocrisy of the venture when we noted »

Holder to leave, but his stain will linger

Featured image There have been worse members of presidential cabinets than Eric Holder. John B. Floyd and Howell Cobb, both of James Buchanan’s cabinet, who apparently aided the South in the days before secession come to mind. In my 40 plus years of observing presidencies, though, Holder has a strong claim on first place. His warped attempts to use the national law enforcement apparatus to remake America along leftist lines would have »

Was Hillary Clinton against arming Syrian rebels before she was for it?

Featured image The official line from Hillary Clinton, as well as Leon Panetta, is that she was in favor of arming Syrian rebels, but that President Obama rejected her advice. This was one of the big “reveals” of her book and a theme during her book tour. But Bryan Preston shows that during a February 2012 interview with CBS, Clinton had no use for the idea of arming Syrian rebels. Her objections »

Is Obama’s bombing campaign a sideshow?

Featured image President Obama should be commended for yesterday’s air attacks against ISIS. In addition, his decision to bomb the jidhadist Khorasan group, which is believed to be plotting attacks against the West, is praiseworthy. As to this affiliate of al Qaeda, Obama seems, for once, to be acting rather than reacting. Even so, I tend to agree with Max Boot who argues that the most consequential news from the Levant yesterday »

This day in baseball history — Reds sweep Phils; Yanks pull away

Featured image On September 23, 1964, the Cincinnati Reds completed a three game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. They thus pulled to within three and half games of Philadelphia. St. Louis and San Francisco were both five games back. The most exciting game of the Reds-Phillies series (played at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia) was the opener. The Reds won that contest 1-0 behind the shutout pitching of journeyman John Tsitouris (9-13 »

Too cool for school — Obama’s latte salute

Featured image The video below speaks volumes about President Obama, not only concerning his underlying disdain for our military, but also as regards basic decency. In my opinion, a president who thinks he’s too cool properly to return a salute from our servicemen is presumptively unfit to command them. By the way, I received this video clip via a lawyer who was badly wounded serving in Iraq. He was offended by Obama’s »

Now is the time to support Tom Cotton

Featured image I share John’s uneasiness about the November elections. Republican chances of gaining control of the Senate have been downgraded to less than 60 percent by Nate Silver, whose track record as a political forecaster is outstanding. One reason for the downgrade is the emergence of pseudo-independent Greg Orman in the Kansas race. If he defeats Republican Pat Roberts, and the polls give him a clear lead, the GOP will have »

U.S. launches air strikes in Syria

Featured image The United States has expanded its war against ISIS into Syria by launching air attacks against an array of ISIS targets in that country. President Obama should be commended for ordering these attacks. The attacks don’t rise to the level of “shock and awe” but as described, they sound like a good start. Apparently, they involve a mix of fighter jets and bombers plus Tomahawk missiles delivered from ships. The »