Author Archives: Scott Johnson

What Sen. Cruz said

Featured image The charter for the Export-Import Bank ended on June 30. That’s the good news. Congress now seems to be resurrecting the bank. That’s the bad news. The Wall Street Journal editorial reporting the events in process is “Raising Ex-Im from the dead” (accessible via Google here). The Journal editorial states that, as part of the trade bill jostling, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Democrats a vote on renewing the »

The fire this time (3)

Featured image Ta-Nehesi Coates opens the second section of Between the World and Me with the death of Prince Jones, his fellow student at Howard University. Jones was killed on September 1, 2000, in Fairfax County Commonwealth (Virginia) by a Prince George’s County (Maryland) police officer (coincidentally named Carlton Jones) working undercover. Jones was 25 at the time. A Washington Post account of the incident fills in a few of the sorry »

At this point, it might make a difference

Featured image Byron Tau’s Wall Street Journal article on the internal government review conducted by the IC Inspector General related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server/account during her tenure as Secretary of State seems to me to be a bombshell. I take it that we cannot necessarily trust Madam Hillary to take care that confidential national security information is treated with care commensurate with its importance if such treatment »

John Kerry finds Israel of use

Featured image I wish there were any danger that Congress would reject the deal with Iran by the two-thirds majorities necessary to override President Obama’s veto under the Corker bill. Has the United States ever entered into such a fateful deal without popular support? I think the answer is no, and the lack of popular support may be the single most distinguishing feature of the Iran deal from the Munich Agreement. In »

Speaking of the Iran deal (6)

Featured image I’m posting a video of Tom Cotton commenting on the side deals to the Iran agreement and a video of Senator Melendez at work in yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deal following the footnotes in Omri Ceren’s email update: Happy Friday from Washington DC, where lawmakers will be wrapping up a half-week of hearings on the final JCPOA deal with Iran. As always there are three levels »

The fire this time (2)

Featured image When I started writing about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s hot new book Between the World and Me earlier this week (here and here), I did so because Coates is an influential public intellectual and the book has been the subject of universal acclaim. Today NR editor Rich Lowry dissents in his excellent column “The toxic worldview of Ta-Nehisi Coates.” Rich’s column makes an important contribution. I urge interested readers to check it »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll takes on a new role this week as she plays MS. MANNERS FOR PLANNED NON-PARENTHOOD FLAKS. She writes: Sometimes when a Cosmo Girl of Today has lunch with pals, sipping an amusing little glass of merlot, the question of what to talk about arises. The old admonition against sex, religion, and politics, is, of course, laughingly out of date. Still, there are some topics to be avoided, particularly »

Obama in full, and full of it

Featured image President Obama appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart the day before yesterday. Video of the extended full episode (I think) is posted below. Obama is playing before a friendly audience and Stewart does everything but give him a French kiss. He wants to, but modesty somehow intrudes. Stewart’s approach to Obama reminds me of Howard Stern interviewing Rudy Giuliani in the course of one of Giuliani’s reelection campaigns: »

The fire this time (1)

Featured image I wrote yesterday about the cultural phenomenon of Ta-Nehesi Coates and his hot new book Between the World and Me, published last week under an imprint of Random House. I want to explore the book in a series of (mostly brief, I hope) posts, of which this is the introduction. I need a series to explore the book in all its awfulness. I am afraid that this is important because »

This year’s model

Featured image Certification as the liberals’ official angry black man is a lucrative gig. The market is upscale, but the job is only temporary. Fashions change, or rather remain subject to a cycle. The job isn’t easy; it requires high attainment in the art of performance. Black rage must be precisely matched to liberal guilt. James Baldwin provides the original model, in the essays originally published in the New Yorker and then »

Speaking of the Iran deal (5)

Featured image Fred Fleitz reports at NR: Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) issued a press release today on a startling discovery they made during a July 17 meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna: There are two secret side deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran that will not be shared with other nations, with Congress, or with the U.S. public. One of these »

Speaking of the Iran deal (4)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to draw attention to Bill Gertz’s Free Beacon article on the ludicrous inspections regime established under the deal with Iran. Omni writes: Last April – in the immediate days after the Lausanne framework was announced – Obama administration officials assured reporters that it was a good deal because the verification regime would include anytime/anywhere inspections [a][b][c]. Then there was a range of hearings and forums held in »

Defeat without a war

Featured image The deal that the United States and others have entered into with Iran bears comparison with the Munich Agreement. Churchill’s speech condemning the Munich Agreement is useful in understanding the Iran deal. Churchill condemned the Munich Agreement in part as “a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road[.]” I think the Iran deal can usefully be understood as representing a defeat »

Climate change: What can’t it do?

Featured image I believe the adage that nature abhors a vacuum applies to politics. Hillary Clinton has striking weaknesses as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. As she continues her death march to the Democratic nomination for president, the Democratic field lacks a plausible alternative to her. Bernie Sanders has demonstrated the market for such an alternative, but he is not the man. At this point in our history, a »

Netanyahu’s question

Featured image Secretary of Defense Carter is in Israel to reassure the Israelis in the wake of the catastrophic deal the United has entered into with Iran. We are facilitating and funding Iran’s nuclear program; what can Carter say to mitigate what any fool can see? The Israeli media report that Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has put in a call to former President Shimon Peres. In a Saturday call with »

Speaking of the Iran deal (3)

Featured image Here Omri Ceren concludes his email series of comments on the appearances of Secretaries Kerry and Moniz on the Sunday gabfests yesterday retailing the administration’s talking points in favor of the Iran deal: Again – the administration is scrambling to justify collapsing on conditions related to the three overarching areas of the JCPOA debate: will it work to keep Iran away from a nuclear weapon for a decade (the verification »

Speaking of the Iran deal (2)

Featured image Having watched the Sunday gabfests with Secretaries Kerry and Moniz retailing the Iran deal yesterday, I appreciate Omri Ceren’s email elucidation of the statements peddled in the appearacnes. Here is Omri’s second email message commenting on the Sunday appearances: Again, if you untangle what happened across all five shows, they were trying to answer concerns about collapsing in the three overarching areas of the Iran deal: will it work to »