Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Hamas presents

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI supplies the subtitles for the video of Hamas at work underground; the video was recently broadcast on Al-Jazeera TV in Qatar and Al-Quds TV in Lebanon. In the footage, as Stuart Winer notes in the Times of Israel story on the video, heavily armed masked men in camouflage can be seen making their way through the narrow tunnels. The video’s narrator claims that the are on their »

“In a war for our home”

Featured image Times of Israel editor David Horovitz writes from Jerusalem this morning that this is his best effort to explain the Israel-Hamas war: “Hushed, determined Israel ‘in a war for our home’” (the internal quote is from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s press conference last night). David writes in the heart of his column: When Netanyahu said last night that Israel is in “a war for our home,” it sounded anything but demagogic. »

“Innocent civilians,” Hamas style

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI reports (footnotes omitted): In light of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, the Hamas interior ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza Strip social media users for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders. The ministry’s guidelines, which it is calling the “Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign,” were issued via an instructional video posted on its official website and via posters published on its »

George Will begs the question and blames America

Featured image Last year George Will wrote a disappointing column on the Obama administration’s interim deal with Iran. The problem with Will’s columns is its assumption that Iran can be contained/deterred. Will assumes without argument that doctrines of containment and deterrence are viable in the case of Iran; he assumes what is to be proved, i.e., he begs the question. Two fundamental problems undermine his assumptions. First, Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons »

Hot Tuna returns

Featured image Hot Tuna is/was Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the lead guitarist and bass player who broke off from the Jefferson Airplane in 1970 to pursue other interests, originally in acoustic blues. Their first album, recorded live in Berkeley, has been reissued in a deluxe two-disc format and sounds better than ever. The heart of the album consists of traditional blues songs with updated arrangements of numbers by Rev. Gary Davis, »

Hell of a Pinhead SecState [Updated With Video]

Featured image I’ll add the video when it is available, but for the moment I want to post this without further comment, as reported by the Washington Post’s Philip Bump regarding John Kerry’s interview by Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday this morning. Bump omits Wallace’s reference to the loss of 14 lives as a result of Israel’s operation in Gaza, as I recall the set-up, but gives us Kerry’s live reaction »

Borderline personalities

Featured image The 1969 movie Z by Costa-Gavras depicts the assassination of a popular Greek politician at a campaign rally and the investigation that followed it. The investigating magistrate serially interrogates buffoonish military officers who describe the assassin jumping out of the crowd, “lithe and fierce, like a tiger.” The identical description provided by each of the officers is a key to the unravelling of the assassination conspiracy in which they were »

From a Connecticut bookstore

Featured image Without a $300,000 speaking engagement to make on some public campus, Hillary Clinton resumed her book tour yesterday. She pulled in to R.J. Julia Booksellers, a small bookstore in Madison, Connecticut, where it is reported that “a mix of Hillary Clinton fanatics and local press crammed into a tiny room for a chance at catching a glimpse of the former First Lady, Senator, and most recently, Secretary of State, Hillary »

American Sniper on trial

Featured image Former WWF wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura brought a lawsuit for defamation against Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL sharpshooter and coauthor of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The book was published on January 17, 2012, under the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins. With a little help from Morrow’s publicity department, Kyle was featured on segments of the Today Show and the »

Say the wrong thing

Featured image We can count on President Obama not to do the right thing and to say the wrong thing. He treats our friends as enemies and our enemies as friends. He says the wrong thing when he would serve our interests by shutting up. He shuts up when saying the right thing would serve our interests. Earlier today United States Ambassador Dan Shapiro posted a readout of this morning’s call between »

The real war on women (and speech): Dick Durbin edition

Featured image According to an analysis conducted by Andrew Stiles for the Washington Free Beacon, women in the office of Senator Dick Durbin make 77 cents to each dollar earned by men. Using the sophisticated logic employed by the White House and other Democrats such as Durbin, this shows that Durbin himself is guilty of waging a war on women. Americas PAC has had the temerity to point this out in radio »

The real war on women

Featured image In the new book Assault and Flattery, Katie Pavlich argues that it is the Democratic Party and its allies on the left that wage the real war on women. Glenn Reynolds draws Pavlich out on the subject, reviewing the evidence from Teddy Kennedy to Hillary Clinton. Katie entertains as she instructs. This is an edifying edition of InstaVision all the way to the end, well worth the 15 minutes necessary »

Wisconsin schemin’

Featured image Don’t miss John’s post on the Democrats’ ongoing efforts to drive conservatives out of politics. Next door in Wisconsin we have an example in small of the Democrats’ skullduggery, combining the use of campaign finance regulation, a lawless witch hunt by partisan prosecutors conducting a John Doe investigation and the possible connivance of the state’s Government Accountability Board (i.e., the regulatory agency enforcing the state’s campaign finance law). The victims »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll provides an explication of the text served up recently by United States Senator Elizabeth Warren commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. She asks: LIAR OR IDIOT? – YOU BE THE JUDGE: After the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, Indian Princess Elizabeth Warren peered over her high cheekbones and tweeted the following 25 words: “Can’t believe we live in a world where »

What the illegals understand

Featured image What is the reason for the wave of Central American illegals infiltrating the United States through the Rio Grande Valley in the past few years? It’s past time to get a clue, as the wave shows no signs of abating. I think the wave reflects an astute understanding of our immigration law and of the enforcement preferences of the Obama administration (they’d prefer not to). Brian Bennett’s intensely reported Los »

For 2016, a man who…

Featured image A reader writes from Pompano Beach, Florida, responding to John’s thoughts on Hillary Clinton: “Only one person can unify the Party and the Country and (handily) beat Hillary – Dr. Charles Krauthammer.” As the great Suzy Bogguss says, quoting a childhood neighbor: “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.” STEVE adds: You may recall that I put this question to Krauthammer in San Francisco last November. He did a half-Sherman: “If »

Clearing my spindle: Video edition

Featured image Conversations with Bill Kristol has now added Bill’s interview with Charles Murray. In the video below, Bill reviews Murray’s productive career with the author himself. Murray comments regarding the interview: “Bill Kristol draws me out on things I haven’t said elsewhere, except occasionally at dinner tables.” The Tikvah Fund has posted its interview with Norman Podhoretz under the heading “Reflections of a Jewish neoconservative.” It is always good to hear »