Author Archives: Scott Johnson

He would prefer not to

Featured image President Obama was visibly annoyed by the questions posed to him at his press conference in Turkey today. They lacked the deference to his majesty that he has grown accustomed to. The Federalist has posted a striking lowlight here (video below). Quotable quote: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that »

ISIS calling

Featured image A well-connected law enforcement source writes with comments that comport with those made by CIA Director Brennan today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (C-SPAN video here and and Washington Times article here), but go beyond them. I thought readers would find these comments of interest: I’ve got a few good contacts in Middle Eastern and European intelligence and anti-terror police services and have been in contact with »

Al Franken: Don’t worry, just a few bad apples

Featured image Minnesota Senator Al Franken appeared on WCCO’s Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy yesterday to talk about the Paris massacres. WCCO has posted an unembeddable video under the heading “Franken talks on Paris attacks, fight against ISIS.” It also posted here on Facebook with unamused comments. Minnesota has sent more residents to fight with ISIS than any other of the 50 states. When it comes to supplying ISIS with foreign fighters, »

Contain this (2)

Featured image Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes made the rounds on the Sunday morning gabfests yesterday. The burden of Rhodes’s comments as he made the rounds was to explicate Obama’s declaration on Thursday that ISIS had been “contained” just before ISIS demonstrated its reach with the massacres it committed in Paris on Friday. Rhodes danced as fast as he can to explain that Obama didn’t mean that ISIS was “contained.” And »

CRB: Beyond hope? Beyond change?

Featured image With its Fall 2015 number, the Claremont Review of Books celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. It has rolled out a new site. It has sent its characteristically excellent new issue off to the printer. And it has let me dip in to the issue to select a few pieces to bring to the attention of Power Line readers. (Subscription services are accessible via the CRB home page linked above — a »

The ancient virus, CUNY edition

Featured image Anti-Semitism has emerged as a potent force on many college campuses. The rule of political correctness have freed it up to stand naked and unashamed. Take a look at the brief video below from a student protest at CUNY Hunter; Ruthie Blum writes about it in the Alegemeiner column posted here. According to Ruthie, the protest in took place in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon after organizers on Facebook called for »

After last night

Featured image Watching the Democratic presidential candidates’ event on CBS last night, I thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. You know, “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension…” John Dickerson played Rod Serling. Herewith my impression of the highlights. Bernie Sanders explained that the phenomenon formerly known as global warming (PFKAGW) was the cause of the Paris massacres. Sanders is no outlier. He represents »

City Journal at 25, with Brian Anderson

Featured image The Manhattan Institute’s City Journal is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. The table of contents for the twenty-fifth anniversary issue is posted here (subscribe here). To salute the magazine’s milestone, and bring the magazine to the attention of readers who might not be familiar with it, I submitted a set of questions to long-time editor Myron Magnet (now retired) and current editor Brian Anderson. I posted my exchange with Myron Magnet »

City Journal at 25, with Myron Magnet

Featured image The Manhattan Institute’s City Journal is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. The table of contents for the twenty-fifth anniversary issue is posted here. City Journal is a fantastic and fantastically influential quarterly magazine that I have read regularly over the years (subscribe here).To salute the magazine’s milestone, and bring the magazine to the attention of readers who might not be familiar with it, I submitted a set of questions to long-time »

Contain this

Featured image It usually takes more than a day or two for reality to betray Obama’s deep thoughts on our Islamist enemies and others, but it always does. Oh, wait. Our Islamist enemies — they’re not Islamic. And when the bill comes due for Obama’s unreciprocated tokens of love for the Islamic Republic of Iran (not Islamic either, right?), it’s going to be a doozy. At NR, Victor Davis Hanson captured Obama’s »

The spreading virus, part 4

Featured image A recent Dartmouth alum provides this summary of events on campus yesterday based on reports from one of her closest friends still on campus: My friend is texting me about a Black Lives Matter protest that happened at Dartmouth last night. Apparently it started as a standard march and chant across campus and devolved into black students screaming at individuals in the library and calling them out by name for »

Ready for Hyl-liar

Featured image At the site of the Center for Security Policy, Fred Fleitz has posted the video of Ezra Levant providing a primer on Hillary and Benghazi (about 8 minutes). The video incorporates revelations from Clinton’s supposedly triumphant testimony last month to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The video is a sort of Benghazi for Dummies. It is also a useful reminder of what a liar Madam Hillary is. Are you »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll remembers a different sort of Democrat this week in ASK NOT: I grew up in a rock-ribbed Republican family. My mother’s family hated FDR, who at the time was President for Life like Papa Doc in Haiti. Mama will go to her grave believing that their family was discriminated against by the local Democrats in the Dust Bowl in the Dirty ’30s. At nearly 95, she still speaks »

Bibi brings it (2)

Featured image Following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s meeting with President Obama in the White House on Monday, AEI hosted its 2015 annual dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. AEI presented its 2015 Irving Kristol Award to Netanyahu. In lieu of a speech Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to questions put to him by AEI’s Danielle Pletka. The video is below. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has posted excerpts of Netanyahu’s remarks here. »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s Rand Paul

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley continues his series of reports on appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa for us. Yesterday Dave attended the appearance of Senator Rand Paul in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Omaha World-Herald has posted its report here. Dave’s report is below. Rand Paul made his first Iowa post-debate appearance yesterday in Council Bluffs. The room was full with about 90 people. Many seemed to be followers of »

After last night

Featured image I won’t review the GOP candidates’ event on FOX Business last night. John and Paul have already done that. I just want to make a few conclusory observations in the spirit of candid inquiry. First, a disclaimer. If I could have picked a candidate for 2016, my first choice would have been Rick Perry. He has dealt with the immigration issue. He compiled a formidable record as governor of a »

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Educayshun edition

Featured image The precocious Australian comedian Neel Kolhatkar wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the updated edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that arrives just in time to explain the doings at Yale, Missouri, at other institutions of higher learning where liberal educators hold sway (video below). Or should that be educaytors? Kolhatkar calls this Modern Educayshun. The spelling harks back to the old Our Gang series, which included the »