Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Coup’s next

Featured image Paul noted the attempted coup in Turkey last night. Reuters reports that forces loyal to Turkey’s government fought this morning to crush the last remnants of a military coup attempt which collapsed after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks. In what appears to be a slightly more up to the minute account, the New York Times reports: “Turkey’s »

The Obama factor (9)

Featured image At a White House diplomatic corps reception yesterday afternoon that included France’s ambassador to the United States, President Obama spoke about the massacre in Nice. The White House has posted the text of his remarks. Obama’s remarks may be slightly more vacuous than yada yada. Referring to ISIS, he vowed that “we are going to destroy this vile terrorist organization.” Stirring words, followed by this: And in contrast to these »

Netanyahu in 2014: Terror will come to France

Featured image In a nearby post I explore President Obama’s attitude toward Islamic terrorism and its consequences. His attitude is superficially sophisticated and seriously misguided. Obama of course detests Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in every way Obama’s better. Among other things, Netanyahu is rather more perceptive than Obama about the threats we face and how to deal with them. In the video clip below, he warns a French correspondent »

The Obama factor (8)

Featured image After the horrifying massacre in Nice last night we are at risk of misdirecting our anger. The perpetrator seems to be another in the line of those inspired by ISIS. ISIS must be destroyed. ISIS grew in Iraq in the vacuum that followed our withdrawal. Our withdrawal is attributable directly to the deepest wishes of President Obama. He was proud of it. It was nevertheless a mistake for which he »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a few thoughts about THE LEAST INTERESTING THING. She writes: I am so sick of the fifty-year “conversation” (read: tedious harangue) on Race. But since Eric Holder called me a coward for failing to converse on race, let me weigh in. There will be three columns in a row on the subject. Is there anything LESS interesting about a person than his skin color? But this is »

The Obama factor (7)

Featured image With the country festering in racial hostility that he has done his best to aggravate, President Obama conducted a gabfest in the White House yesterday. “Obama called the meeting following the killing of five police officers in Dallas in a racially motivated sniper attack,” Jordan Fabian reports in The Hill. Obama made a statement after the gabfest adjourned. The White House has posted a transcript of his remarks under the »

Heather Mac Donald: Our legal order frays

Featured image Heather Mac Donald is the author of the book of the moment if not the year: The War On Cops: How the New Attack On Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. This is the book’s chapter 11, “America’s Legal Order Begins to Fray.” Heather writes: “I’m deliberately not getting involved in things I would have in the 1990s and 2000s,” an emergency-services officer in New York City tells me. »

The Clinton factor [updated]

Featured image A knowledgeable reader and “longtime Power Line fan” writes to say that he has enjoyed our coverage of the Hillary email case. He thought we “might be interested in the perspective of someone inside the federal law enforcement community.” He has worked as a federal agent for 20 years and been involved in hundreds of criminal investigations. He has made dozens of arrests and held Top Secret/SCI clearance for a »

The Obama factor (6)

Featured image The White House has posted the full text of President Obama’s speech at the memorial service for the murdered Dallas police officers here. I hadn’t found it when I commented on the speech yesterday afternoon based on the video. I want to add this brief additional note. It’s much easier to read the speech than to watch it. Obama is so full of himself — so aware of himself performing »

The Obama factor (5)

Featured image President Obama spoke at the memorial service held in honor of the officers murdered in Dallas last week. The White House has posted the video and excerpts here. I’ve embedded the video immediately below. It’s about 40 minutes long. I’ll add a link to the full text when the White House posts it. [UPDATE: The full text of the speech has been posted here.] Campaigning for the presidency in 1968 »

The Obama factor (4)

Featured image President Obama is a proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement. He finds them a worthy ally in the “cause” (as he refers to it) of “fundamental transformation” of the criminal justice system. Obama promotes the lie of a racist system without pause or conscience. Heather Mac Donald asks: “[W]hat if the Black Lives Matter movement is based on fiction? Not just the fictional account of the 2014 police shooting »

The Obama factor (3)

Featured image City Journal’s Myron Magnet argues that President Obama has set back race relations in the United States by 50 years and accordingly deserves recognition as America’s worst president. Toward the end of his column Magnet observes: True to form, Obama went into grievance-mongering mode on July 7, commenting on the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by cops in Louisiana and Minnesota. He noted that “all of us as »

Who speaks for America?

Featured image We live in a strange time. The president of the United States has made himself a cross between a spokesman of, and a counselor to, the racial arsonists of the Black Lives Matter crowd. He lies about the criminal justice system. At a time of national peril, Obama seems to have something other than the best interests of the United States in mind, and not just on matters racial. By »

The countess is not for turning

Featured image When it comes to a life of crime and the related imperatives, the Countess of Chappaqua is a hard-core offender. Like her husband, she is one tough case. Having skated from the email scandal, she persists in the talking points that FBI Director James Comey destroyed (if he did nothing else) in his statement and testimony this week. Clinton appeared on CNN for a post-Comey interview with Wolf Blitzer on »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recorded two albums together in the 1970’s, during a lull in Bennett’s career. “You Must Believe In Spring” is from Together Again (1976), the second of the two albums. The song has music by Michel Legrand and English lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. (The original French lyrics are by Jacques Demy.) John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey recently raved about the Bennett/Evans version of the »

The Obama factor (2)

Featured image Obama’s statement in Warsaw on the shootings in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights refers to racial disparities while omitting any acknowledgement of the related behavioral disparities that account for them. The implication that they represent a racist criminal justice system at play is a lie of the bald-faced variety. The dirty little secret of the assault on law enforcement in the name of racial disparities is the underlying behavioral disparities »

The Obama factor

Featured image Speaking in Warsaw, President Obama felt compelled to weigh in on the killing of Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Philando Castile (Falcon Heights, Minnesota) in encounters with the police. He did so in his usual style before the blood was dry and before the facts were in. The White House has posted the video of Obama’s remarks here and the text here (on Facebook). For the record, I’m posting »