Author Archives: Scott Johnson

A Minnesota problem revisited

Featured image Announcing the indictment on Monday of six Minnesota based Somali immigrants for seeking to join ISIS, United States Attorney Andrew Luger declared that the indictment represented “a Minnesota problem.” He meant that as an indictment of Minnesota. Native Minnesotans are somehow at fault for the irresistible attraction to wage jihad felt by an uncomfortably large number of Somali immigrants in our midst. A disinterested observer might start with the common »

What it’s like when you win

Featured image In the video below, Glenn Reynolds files a video commentary from the NRA convention earlier this month in Nashville. Although it’s only two minutes long, Glenn’s report mixes personal observation with reference to his own contributions to the scholarship of the Second Amendment. Glenn alludes to his work in the field going back some 20 years, to his Tennessee Law Review article “A critical guide to the Second Amendment.” Although »

At the inaugural disinvitation dinner

Featured image Last week on April 15 the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale inaugurated its annual Disinvitation Dinner. The Buckley Program has written a new chapter in how to take a lemon and make a lemonade. Some kind of congratulations are in order. Its online site is located here. The Disinvitation Dinner was a black-tie affair at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Buckley Program chairman Roger Kimball introduced keynote »

A message (or two) from Iran

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times published a column under the name of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif with the heading “A message from Iran.” It’s an interesting column with more than one message for the Times’s American audience. Noah Rothman admirably places the role of the Times as the servitor of the Iranian regime in context in “Favored venue for anti-American tyrants publishes a message from Iran.” He also takes a »

What Mr. Luger said

Featured image I’ve written here many times about the challenges raised by Minnesota’s large and ever growing Somali population, as in “Somalis say: Show us the money” and “The Somali muddle, once more once.” Today with the arrest of six Minnesota based Somalis for conspiring to join ISIS, we witness another manifestation of a deeply embedded problem about which approximately nothing remotely reasonable is being done. The Star Tribune story on today’s »

Brennan’s bromides

Featured image The Obama administration national security apparatus has to leave a knowledgeable man feeling a little queasy. You’ve got national security advisor Susan Rice, a knave or a fool with credibility somewhere south of zero. You’ve got assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications Ben Rhodes. What is this man doing here? You’ve got Secretary of State John Kerry, the man whom Obama has entrusted to »

The red line revisited (or not)

Featured image Four years ago President Obama declared that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had to go. As Assad held on, Obama elaborated on his thinking at a 2012 press conference in Stockholm, drawing his infamous red line: I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns »

Kristol asks, Krauthammer answers

Featured image Charles Krauthammer’s collection of columns (mostly) — Things That Matter — has sold well over a million copies. It is a remarkable achievement for a book of previously published pieces by an author who is a pundit and not a political player in his own right. Aside from the merit of the pieces compiled in the book — a big consideration, to be sure, but the pieces were almost all »

A signing bonus for Iran?

Featured image One gets the impression that President Obama would be open to throwing in a couple of nuclear devices of the Supreme Leader’s choice to be named later if only Iran will sign a nuclear agreement with him on the dotted line. Consider Omri Ceren’s latest email update: This Wall Street Journal article by Carol Lee and Jay Solomon went live yesterday [evening] just as everyone was going home, but it’s »

A fine “mess”

Featured image Having lived through the Sturm and Drang over the precisely accurate “16 words” regarding Saddam Hussein in President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union Address, I am struck by the media’s — how to put it? — lack of interest in the absurd falsehoods retailed by President Obama et al. in the service of equally consequential causes. President Obama and Secretary Kerry, for example, have both cited the fatwa allegedly »

Our Supreme Leader to cave creatively to theirs

Featured image Omri Ceren has sent out two messages today on developments related to the arrangement in process with Iran. They will come as a surprise to no one. In the first, Omri expanded on the Reuters story reporting “No breakthrough between Iran and UN nuclear watchdog” on the nondisclosure of past nuclear work conducted by Iran’s military. For those keeping score at home, the second of the two messages provides this »

Netanyahu remembers

Featured image Wednesday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, a somber event made even more somber this year under the shadow of our arrangement in process with Iran. Prime Minister Netanyhau spoke in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem to mark the occasion. The Prime Minister’s Office has posted a translation of his speech here. It is certainly worth reading in its entirety. Referring to “the enervation, the weakness, the denial of reality” reflected in current »

Next week in Minneapolis, the Midwest Women’s Summit

Featured image The Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute hosts the Midwest Women’s Summit at the Airport Hilton Airport Hotel conveniently located down the street from the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota next week. Scheduled to run from April 23 (Thursday night) to April 25 (Saturday morning), the summit features a killer lineup including True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht, CBLPI president Michelle Easton, Regnery Publishing president Marji Ross, Nonie Darwish, and »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with VISITING MY PEOPLE Part Two: Relying on the Kindness of Strangers. She writes: A road trip across this great and beautiful land produces some delightful surprises. Just outside Deming, NM, on farm or ranch land, I saw a large homemade sign, “Stand with Israel.” It gladdened my heart for many miles. God Bless You, whoever you are. In West Texas, I regret that I passed up »

Cotton on Corker-Menendez

Featured image The Corker-Melendez bill is obviously an imperfect vehicle for introducing congressional oversight to President Obama’s catastrophic arrangement in process with Iran. Is it better than nothing, as the Wall Street Journal argues, is it much ado about nothing, as Paul argues, or is it worse than nothing, as Matt Continetti argues? I wanted to know what Senator Tom Cotton thinks and therefore reached out to his office for help in »

Another red line done gone

Featured image On Monday the Wall Street Journal reported that “the Kremlin has formally lifted its own ban on the delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran, setting the legal groundwork for the possible Russian sale of a powerful air-defense system to Tehran.” On Tuesday the Journal reported that an Iranian official said he believed Iran would receive the air-defense system as early as this year, though Russian officials suggested the delivery could »

Obama caves on Corker-Menendez

Featured image We’ve been following the political action following the arrangement in process with Iran mostly via the email reports of Omri Ceren. Today he mailed two reports on the Corker-Menendez bill, which passed unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this afternoon. In the second of the two messages below, Omri reports that the White House has backed off its veto threat in light of its impending loss on this »