Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Deal with Iran taking shape

Featured image Our surrender to Iran’s nuclear program were implicit in the so-called Joint Plan of Action agreed to by the Obama administration; only the details needed to be worked out. The AP reports the details in process in “Phased US-Iran nuclear deal taking shape.” The details are about what you would expect, only worse. The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz comments in “Now we know who to believe on Iran.” We »

NY jury rejects PA BS

Featured image There is at best one degree of separation between the Palestinian Authority or the PLO and the terrorist attacks carried out in Israel by Palestinian Arabs. A federal jury in Manhattan returned a verdict against the PA/PLO in favor of American plaintiffs injured as a result of terrorist attacks carried out in Israel between between 2002 and 2004. The New York Times reports: The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation »

Venezuela devaluated

Featured image Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro is pushing his countrymen into a Castroite abyss of tyranny and impoverishment. Give up your freedom and Maduro will throw in immiseration too. It’s a left-wing package deal. Simnon Romero and Girish Gupta don’t put it quite that way in their New York Times story this morning. The intelligent reader, however, may be able to draw his own conclusions: Let’s take it from the top: For »

Clearing my spindle

Featured image I want to take the liberty of drawing your attention to a few of the most interesting and/or important pieces of analysis and commentary published in the past few weeks. Some of these we have linked to in posts; others have rotated through our Picks. I will only say that these warrant your time. Michael Doran”s Mosaic essay on what Obama is up to with Iran sheds light on dark »

Remembering the indispensable man

Featured image Today is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Of all the great men of the revolutionary era to whom we owe our freedom, Washington’s greatness was the rarest and the most needed. At this remove in time, it is also the hardest to comprehend. Take, for example, Washington’s contribution to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington’s mere presence lent the undertaking and its handiwork the legitimacy that resulted »

Introducing the Mnemosyne index

Featured image I have for the longest time employed two simple criteria to screen out movies for viewing. First, I want to know whether a film is aimed at an intelligent adult audience. I can’t believe how many films are aimed at teenage boys and teenage girls. Second, I want to know if the resolution of a film’s plot employs some gratuitous attack on the United States or a politically correct variant »

Jen Psaki, as you know

Featured image Jeryl Bier has kindly forwarded the video compiled a while back by the Weekly Standard’s Jim Swift. The video depicts Psaki in the act of deploying her favorite locution: “As you know, [name]…” What “frankly” is to the career politician, what “let’s be clear about [fill in the blank]” and “as I have stated previously” are to President Obama, “as you know” is to Ms. Psaki: a warning that what »

The worst of Jen Psaki

Featured image State Department spokesman Jen Psaki has been promoted to the position of White House communications director. As a result of her expositions of Obama administration foreign policy, Psaki has become a huge hit in Russia. The Russians appreciate Obama administration foreign policy as we appreciate the Marx Brothers. Russia’s new late-night TV craze is “Psaki at night.” Psaki’s promotion may be devastating to the show. David Rutz notes that Psaki »

Josh Earnest does metaphysics

Featured image The Democrats and the media have their undies in a bunch over Rudy Giuliani’s disparagement of Barack Obama’s attitude toward the United States of America. Rudy has allegedly crossed a line by questioning Obama’s patriotism, though Giuliani himself denies that he has done so. He has merely observed that by outward appearances Obama doesn’t love the United States. That seems to me an uncharacteristic act of hairsplitting on Rudy’s part. »

Rudy unbound, part 2

Featured image Late Wednesday night Politico reported that Rudy Giuliani spoke at a private dinner in New York featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Here is Darren Samuelsohn’s account: The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists. “I »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Keeping up with the Obama administration, Ammo Grrrll is PIVOTING TO JOBS: Every few months, this wretched Administration announces with great fanfare that, having succeeded in ruining everything else, it is now going to “pivot” to jobs. Of course, as anyone who has ever played basketball knows, you pivot enough, you just go in circles, unless your pivot foot slips and you get called for the ancient foul of “traveling.” »

Eyeless prez in topless jar

Featured image The cover of today’s New York Post seems like news all by itself. It gives us a sort of emperor-has-no-clothes moment. Geoff Earle’s story on Obama’s keynote speech at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit yesterday afternoon is the subject. Jonathan Tobin comments on Obama’s speech in the Post column “Obama dances around reality as ISIS plays the tune.” I have linked the text and posted the video of Obama’s speech »

The deep meaning of Marie Harf

Featured image Deputy State Department spokesman Marie Harf gives the catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of feel. She is a walking self-parody. As such, she presents a novel use of expressive form. The attention Harf has earned this week with her explanation of the Obama administration’s approach to ISIS gives us an occasion to meditate on her deep meaning. National Review’s Kevin Williamson »

Rudy unbound

Featured image Rudy Giuliani had a few choice words for our Puss in Boots president in his address to the Iranian-American Community gathering in Phoenix, Arizona last week. Part 1 is below; part 2 is here. In the event you seek a voice speaking with clarity and depth of feeling to articulate the president’s errancy in matters vital to our national security, this is must viewing. Giuliani’s whole speech is quotable, but »

Ignatius’s ignorance

Featured image David Ignatius is the prominent Washington Post columnist who specializes in foreign affairs. I’ve written about him a lot, as in “Ignatius ignores” and “The case of David Ignatius.” His superficiality and animus can’t be concealed, but they are manifested in smooth prose and an authoritative voice. It’s a killer combination. Earlier this week in “A perfect storm brews in the Middle East,” Ignatius served as the medium for the »

Marie Harf: I’m “too nuanced” for you

Featured image Wolf Blitzer invited Marie Harf on CNN’s Situation Room this afternoon. Blitzer sought her out to expand on her remarks on the administration’s approach to dealing with the Islamic State terrorists. Harf thinks that we must attack old-fashioned “root causes” of the material kind. Harf is promoting Great Society liberalism as the answer to “violent extremism.” Great Society liberalism couldn’t even cut it in the United States with more limited »

Benjamin Netanyahu explains

Featured image The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the video of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations yesterday (below). The text of Netanyahu’s remarks is posted here. Netanyahu’s remarks were devoted entirely to explaining his acceptance of Speaker Boehner’s invitation to address Congress on March 3. As always, Netanyahu’s remarks are of interest and in contrast with the vilification and abuse that Team Obama has sent his »