Author Archives: Scott Johnson

The Kaus case

Featured image Mickey Kaus posted a long, detailed critique of the coverage of President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty on FOX News at the Daily Caller this week. Kaus criticized FOX News for not leading the opposition to amnesty. “Fox is supposed to be the feisty opposition network. You’d think it would wage a rousing campaign against Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which are surely wildly unpopular among its viewers, both because of their »

What the Shiite?

Featured image Iran and Hezbollah have gone missing from the Terrorism section of this year’s Worldwide Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community. In recent years, the threats raised by Iran and/or Hezbollah were duly noted in the assessment of terrorist threats presented to Congress by DNI James Clapper. This year we need to send out an APB. The subject is important. Subject to correction, I tentatively offer the following in the spirit »

Iran goes missing

Featured image Appearing on Greta Van Susteren’s FOX News show last night, Catherine Herridge and John Bolton followed up on the disappearance of Iran and Hezbollah from the list of terror threats 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community issued by the Director of National Intelligence (video below, also posted here along with a partial transcript). I believe the disappearance was first reported here by the Times of Israel. Ambassador Bolton »

Netanyahu’s victory

Featured image I don’t profess any insight into Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory in the Israeli elections yesterday. He will in all likelihood become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, exceeding the time in office of David Ben-Gurion, and his new term, when he assembles the coalition he needs to proceed, should give him political life after Obama. As John Podhoretz puts it in his New York Post column this morning: “He gambled his entire career »

CRB: What becomes a liar most?

Featured image We conclude our preview of the new (Winter) issue of the Claremont Review of Books this morning. Subscribe here for $19.95 and get immediate online access. It is an invaluable magazine. Better yet, support the Claremont Institute and its mission with a tax-deductible contribution here that, among other things, will help defray the cost of publishing the magazine. I have a morbid fascination with the life and lies of Lillian »

Jack Lew clams up

Featured image You have to love Rep. Sean Duffy, the congressman representing Wisconsin’s Seventh District. He showed his mettle today in a House hearing at which he questioned Jacob Lew, the United States Secretary of the Treasury. Secretary of the Treasury is a position that has been held by accomplished and prominent Americans going back to Alexander Hamilton. Tax cheat Timothy Geithner depreciated the currency of the office, so to speak, but »

Bill Kristol defends the Cotton letter

Featured image Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol appeared on C-SPAN yesterday morning to talk about his mordant editorial “The party of the furrowed brow” and to take calls from viewers. C-SPAN host Paul Orgel began by asking Bill to explicate the editorial. As it turned out, Bill talked more than anything else about the letter that Senator Cotton drafted to explain relevant American constitutional principles to the Supreme Leader and his minions. »

Beyond the phony war on amnesty

Featured image if the Republican Senators want to put up a fight on Obama’s lawless executie amnesty — a big if — Curt Levey proposes a realistic and obvious plan in today’s Wall Street Journal: “Immigration push back: Don’t confirm his judges” (accessible via Google here). Levey writes; Congress’s approval of unconditional funding for the Department of Homeland Security was an embarrassing setback in Republicans’ struggle to respond to President Obama’s unilateral »

Of fatuity and fatwas

Featured image President Obama’s has courted the Islamic Republic of Iran since the first days of his presidency. In Obama’s mind, a “path” exists, in Obama’s mind, for this nation to be “a very successful regional power.” The charitable interpretation is that Obama does not understand the nature of the Iranian regime. He does not understand that Iran is a revolutionary power. He thinks it can can coddled and conciliated into normality »

CRB: The browning of America

Featured image We continue with our preview of the new (Winter) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. It should arrive in the mail just in time for Spring. You can subscribe here for $19.95 and have immediate online access thrown in for free. In Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West, Weekly Standard senior editor Christopher Caldwell looked into Europe’s dire future. It is an eloquent and »

Don’t tell Glenn Reynolds

Featured image It’s been nearly a month since Glenn Reynolds voiced his recurring refrain: “I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT.” Glenn reserves the refrain for links to stories reporting egregious overconsumption of carbon-based fuels by liberal hypocrites concerned about your contributions to global warming climate change. Glenn’s refrain comes to mind in connection with the recent story reporting “Obama, first lady fly to Los Angeles on »

At the National Archives, living in fear

Featured image The Free Beacon reports on the news buried in an op-column by AP president Gary Pruitt on the undermining of the Freedom of Information Act by “authorities” (to use Pruitt’s anodyne term) responsible for compliance with it. “We’re talking about this issue now because of Sunshine Week,” Pruitt explains, “created a decade ago to showcase the laws that give Americans the right to know what their government is up to. »

The Hillary approved email server!

Featured image Steve’s friend Remy seeks to capitalize on Madam Hillary’s approach to the preservation of electronic records. He is marketing “DC Matic, the Hillary approved email server” (video below). Here’s how it works: First you select the government business you’d like to conceal from the public. Then, simply use DC Matic’s proprietary privacy controls to fix the problem. Simple as that! Having two email addresses is confusing and a terrible idea. »

CRB: The achievement of Martin Gilbert

Featured image Our friends at the Claremont Review of Books have just published their Winter number and, as usual, let me pick three reviews to preview for our readers. You can subscribe here for $19.95 and have immediate online access thrown in for free. Tributes to Harry V. Jaffa lead off the new issue. Jaffa was the guiding spirit of the CRB; the CRB calls on a handful of his former students »

Kerry huffs and puffs

Featured image John Kerry appeared on Face the Nation this morning in a prerecorded interview with Margaret Brennan (video below). Kerry huffed and puffed about the letter drafted by Senator Cotton about the constitutional principles applicable to the deal in process with Iran. There is a certain sympathetic logic to Brennan’s otherwise insane question: “Are you going to apologize [to Iran} for this letter?” Kerry indignantly responds that he will not apologize »

Tom Cotton defends his letter

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton appeared on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer this morning (video below). Schieffer grilled and derided Senator Cotton about the letter he drafted setting forth the basic constitutional principles applicable to the deal in process with Iran. Senator Cotton’s remarks should now be viewed in the context of Obama chief of staff Dennis McDonough’s letter last night to Senator Corker, of which Schieffer seemed not to be »

Dennis McDonough explains

Featured image Our attention should remain riveted on President Obama’s deal in process with Iran. It will put Iran on a path to the development of nuclear weapons to be mounted on Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. It will undo the sanctions regime intended to prevent this outcome. And in the meantime it will contribute financing to Iran’s exploits as the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, not to mention the regime’s genocidal »