Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Rather full of it

Featured image I will have the honor of giving the annual Patterson Lecture at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, next week on the evening of February 12. I’ll be speaking on “Rathergate Ten Years After.” The college has posted the announcement with the relevant information here. I look forward to reconnecting with Lyon College President Don Weatherman, who began his academic career at St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) in St. Paul. In »

Kane cant

Featured image We tuned in to the saga of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) in three posts last year: “Culture of corruption,” followed by “Culture of corruption update” and “Philadelphia four run for reelection.” Kane appeared to me to be guilty of questionable professional conduct that she defended through the deployment of race and sex cards. Having killed an investigation of black Philadelphia officeholders when she assumed office, she accused »

Loretta Lynch declines to answer

Featured image In her confirmation hearing last week, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch declined to elaborate her views on the president’s power to suspend enforcement of federal law. Obama has not only done so with respect to immigration law, he has established an administrative apparatus to implement the regularization of millions of illegals. Once upon a time, the illegality of such conduct would have been widely understood, relentlessly condemned and intensely resisted. »

Why did God flood the world?

Featured image By popular demand, I asked Jewish Theological Seminary Provost and Professor Alan Cooper for a summary of his answer to the question: Why did God flood the world? It was the subject of Dr. Cooper’s lunch-and learn presentation at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul on Saturday. He has responded to my inquiry: “The easiest thing to do might be to link to an online d’var Torah [Torah talk] of »

Resist this

Featured image Steve Coll is dean of the Columbia Journalism School and an accomplished reporter in his own right. He is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and bin Laden and the Soviet Invasion, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2011, among other books. He reports on issues of intelligence and national security and in the journalism »

Up from Sha Na Na

Featured image We had a prominent speaker with an unusual backstory as the scholar in residence at the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul over the weekend. Dr. Alan Cooper is a Biblical scholar who is both learned and distinguished. As his professional bio has it: “Alan Cooper is the Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He joined the faculty in 1997 as professor of »

Not Islamic either, part quatre

Featured image The Obama administration has dragged the Pentagon into its clown show on the Taliban and terrorism. Megyn Kelly devoted a segment to the swap of Bowe Bergdahl for the Taliban Five as well as the proper categorization of the Taliban last night on her FNC Kelly File show (full video below, eleven minutes long). Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby appeared to respond to Kelly’s questions. As to the Taliban, Kirby »

Not Islamic either, part trois

Featured image NRO’s Brendan Bordelon reports: In the latest round of verbal gymnastics over the Taliban, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to categorize the murder of American civilians at Kabul International Airport an act of “terrorism.” The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack on Friday, which killed three civilian contractors working for the U.S. government and wounded one other. The gunman was reportedly a member of Afghan security forces who turned »

Out of the Daily Ditch

Featured image In a note to his readers Andrew Sullivan has declared that he is packing it in. Having written for one iteration or another of The Daily Dish for 15 years, he says he’s had enough. (It appears that the current iteration of his site is just The Dish.) Sullivan didn’t put a date certain on the retirement of his site — he put it “in the near future” — but »

Not Islamic either, part deux

Featured image When he ran for president in 2008, then-Senator Obama castigated the Bush administration for taking his eye “off the ball.” “The ball” was the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Looking back on the campaign, Obama noted: “I talked frequently during this campaign that we took our eye off the ball when we invaded Iraq. And now it’s done. My job is to withdraw in a responsible way from Iraq »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns to share A COUPLE OF THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE ABOUT SEX. She writes: One: If you get caught on a plane called “The Lolita Express” or on a boat called “Monkey Business” (is there a train called “The Appalling Old Degenerate”?), you should have to wear a hat emblazoned with “Somehow My Weenie Ate My Brain!” Two: In the endless, tedious discussions about “rape culture,” over »

The Bergdahl decision

Featured image Apart from the interest of the Obama administration in preserving appearances, it’s hard to understand how Bowe Bergdahl might not be charged with desertion. President Obama staged a Rose Garden celebration to announce the swap of Bergdahl for hardened terrorist prisoners last year. Susan Rice stepped forward to praise Bergdahl’s service despite the circumstances of his capture and the disgust of his fellow soldiers, but the powerful comments of those »

Johnson’s short course on Iran

Featured image In the January 21 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on our ongoing negotiations with Iran, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared as the principal witness. Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen also appeared in his last time around before he assumes responsibilities as CIA deputy director. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson questioned Blinken and Cohen over seven and a half minutes toward the end of the hearing. In the preface to »

The Hatch hemorrhage

Featured image Live blogging yesterday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general, Paul noted that Senator Hatch expressed his hopes that he would be able to vote to confirm Lynch. “I hope he won’t,” Paul added, “but after hearing his questioning, I fear he will.” Last night Senator Hatch’s press secretary sent us a message including a video (below) of Senator Hatch’s questioning of Lynch. The press »

Not Islamic either

Featured image The Obama administration degenerates rapidly into a clown show. It may be a clown show that falls into the killer clown horror genre, but still it’s some kind of a clown show. In the latest installment of the clown show, White House spokesman Eric Schultz distinguishes the Taliban — not a terrorist group, but rather an “armed insurgency” — from ISIS — not an “armed insurgency,” but rather a terrorist »

Rubio’s short course on Iran

Featured image In the January 21 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on our ongoing negotiations with Iran, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared as the principal witness. Senator Rubio questioned Blinken over twelve minutes toward the end of the hearing. In the course of his questions, Senator Rubio provided a short course on the problematic premises of our negotiations with Iran (video below). “We’re not dealing with Belgium here,” Senator Rubio »

Iran nonsense

Featured image Steve Hayes captures the Obama administration’s current line on Iran in the Weekly Standard editorial “Iran nonsense.” One fount of nonsense is President Obama’s intent, as I see it, to deliver an agreement with Iran that will secure and finance its nuclear program. President Obama wishes to clear the path to do so without any interference from Congress. While President Obama continues to withdraw the United States from engagements with »