Author Archives: Scott Johnson

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 »

Speaking of the Iran deal (1)

Featured image There is no more important issue before us at the moment than the catastrophic Iran deal negotiated by President Obama with Iran. Yesterday Secretaries Kerry and Moniz disseminated their talking points in favor of the deal on the Sunday morning gabfests. Omri Ceren has commented on the talking points in a series of email messages this morning, of which this is the first. Omri writes: Happy Monday from Washington DC, »

With Justice Alito

Featured image In his new Conversation, Bill Kristol sits down with Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito (video below). We proudly published Justice Alito’s review of Michael Paulsen’s new book on the Constitution here this past April. It is good to have the opportunity to hear him speak off the bench at length on matters of interest and importance. The video is posted in full and broken into chapters here; the transcript »

Khameni on the Iran deal (corrected)

Featured image Iran’s Supreme Leader Khameni spoke today for the first time since the parties concluded the agreement blessing and protecting Iran’s nuclear program. Unlike our Supreme Leader and Obama administration officials, whose every word on the subject is shot through with falsity, Khameni and the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran have occasionally proved more reliable sources of information regarding the proceedings going back to the interim deal. Today Khameni »

Scott Walker comes to Council Bluffs

Featured image Reader Dave Begley previously reported for us on Bernie Sanders in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Today he returns to the scene to report on Scott Walker (photos supplied by Mr. Begley): This morning I attended a meet and greet rally in Council Bluffs for Governor Scott Walker. I arrived on time but the room was already full with 100-plus and lots of media so 25 of us were sent to the »

Deep meaning of the Iran deal

Featured image Omni Ceren sent out several email messages yesterday updating his readers on the Iran agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or “JCPOA”). I would like to bring the following excerpt from one of the messages to your attention. Omri writes: The agreement commits the international community to actively helping Iran perfect its nuclear program over the life of the deal (!) On a policy level, it means Iran’s breakout time »

Charles Hill on the Iran deal

Featured image Before undertaking his current responsibilities as diplomat-in-residence and lecturer at Yale, Charles Hill had an incredibly accomplished career at the Department of State. He rose to Chief of Staff of the department. He worked particularly closely with George Shultz, whom he served as Executive Aide. Molly Worthen chronicles his remarkable career in The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost. Professor Hill’s denunciation of the deal with Iran is striking (video »

The irrelevance of Congress

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to elucidate the unfolding process in the Iran deal brought to us by President Obama. Omni’s message explores the issue I noted yesterday here. This is important. Omni writes: Lead negotiator Wendy Sherman confirmed for journalists yesterday that the Obama administration will, over the next few days, pursue a binding United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) that will lift sanctions on Iran. The resolution was circulated yesterday »

One-eyed jacks of Wessex [With Comment by John]

Featured image When Professor Lesley Goodman left St. Paul to undertake her new responsibilities in the English Department at Union College, she left a long reading list of Victorian novels and modernist literature for me to continue my pursuits. I am slowly following up, though I greatly miss her helping hand. She is an inspired teacher of literature. In her course on the Victorian novel at Macalester College I reveled in George »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with timely thoughts on NEGOTIATING 101. She writes: I have been married to Mr. Ammo Grrrll for 48 happy years. God forbid anything should happen to this marriage, but if it should, I want Barack Hussein Obama and John FibSwiftboat Kerry to be the attorneys for my husband. Me: I want the house in Arizona and both cars. Plus alimony of $10 million a month. In gold. »

Good news from Wisconsin

Featured image The Wisconsin Supreme Court has put an end to the John Doe investigation tormenting conservative activists in the state. This particular show featured the true face of contemporary liberalism. Litigation stalled the show. Despite exposure preeminently by the Wall Street Journal — but also by National Review and others — as a tyrannical monstrosity, the show persisted. Bill Jacobson has excerpted and posted the Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion here. The »

Analyze this

Featured image Lou Dobbs invited Rep. Ed Royce to discuss the Iran deal on his FOX Business show last night. The interview touches on a few points in its roughly five minutes, but it most notably raises an overlooked issue at the end (video below, about 4:00). Will Obama submit the deal for approval to the United Nations for approval by the Security Council to unravel UN sanctions before the United States »

Susan Rice keeps talking

Featured image Daniel Bassall titles the clip below of Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice “Wolf Blitzer makes a fool of Susan Rice on Iran funding terrorists.” In fairness, though, Blitzer gets an invaluable assist from Rice herself, who simply does not know when to shut up. It’s almost laughable. I’m sure Obama knows exactly what he is doing, but if I doubted it, this video might be enough to make me »

Meet the new Jim Crow, same as the old BS

Featured image This week President Obama commuted the sentences of “46 non-violent drug offenders.” In commuting these sentences, Obama is doing his thing to lead and otherwise contribute to the race-based assault on law enforcement. As I noted a while back, if you want to get a handle on this particular assault, you must acquaint yourself with Michelle Alexander and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.. Published »

Far worse than Munich

Featured image Mark Steyn appeared on Sean Hannity’s FOX News show last night in part to discuss the Iran deal (video below). At the outset they compare and contrast the Iran deal with the Munich Agreement. At his site, Mark characterizes the deal as “Far worse than Munich.” Mark thinks the comparison “unfair to Chamberlain. He was an honorable man who loved his country and just happened to get the greatest issue »