Bill Clinton

CRB: Déjà Two

Featured image The Summer 2014 issue of the Claremont Review of Books has arrived just in time for Fall, and our friends at the Claremont Institute have once again dropped the paywall to allow us to preview some of the issue’s best pieces. We will be rolling out four that I have selected with a bias toward deepening of our understanding of the challenges before us. Subscribe here for the ridiculously low »

On September 10, 2001, Clinton Explained Why He Didn’t Kill bin Laden

Featured image An extraordinary historical nugget has been unearthed in Australia. In September 2001, Bill Clinton was in that country. Only hours before the terrorists struck the World Trade Center, Clinton was talking to a group in Melbourne. Terrorism and bin Laden came up in that discussion, and Clinton said that he had had an opportunity to kill bin Laden when the terrorist was in Kandahar, but he had decided not to »

That’s no gentleman; that’s Bill Clinton

Featured image The front page of the print edition of the Washington Post’s “Style” section — once known as the Women’s Page — features a mock poster that says “Bill Clinton for First Gentleman.” In the accompanying story, Clinton insists, presumably with a straight face, that he is “just a bit player” in the run-up to his wife’s likely campaign for president. “I am a foot soldier in any army; I will »

¿Quién es el mentiroso más grande?

Featured image President Obama is such a glib liar that it is hard to keep up with his act. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler treats us to one microscopic example in an online column that is actually worth reading: “Four Pinocchios for Obama’s claim that Republicans have ‘filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation.’” Kessler scrutinizes Obama’s claim at a DCCC fundraising dinner on Wednesday: “Here’s what’s more disconcerting. Their [Republicans] willingness to »

Birth of the VRWC

Featured image Politico draws attention to the release yesterday in the latest tranche of papers from the Clinton library of what it refers to as the conspiracy commerce memo.” The memo appears to be undated; Politico assigns it to 1995, contemporaneous with the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton but predating the Lewinsky affair. It was at the outset of the disclosure of the Lewinksy affair that Hillary attributed the »

Is there life after college?

Featured image Of course there is. But our leading politicians all seem to have stepped out of your college dorm. Bill Clinton is the guy who never lost a BS session argument. Ted Cruz is the only guy who never lost an argument to Bill Clinton, but who also set the dorm record for causing eyes to roll. Barack Obama is the guy you could usually defeat in an argument but only »

Will Bill Clinton Be an Issue In 2016? [Updated]

Featured image As so often happens these days, it was Rand Paul who first raised the subject. Or, rather, his wife did. Senator Paul was a guest on Meet the Press when host David Gregory asked him to comment on an interview in Vogue in which Kelley Paul said, “Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky should complicate his return to the White House, even as first spouse. I would say his behavior »

It’s Always the Nazis

Featured image There’s an old trope that the only safe bad guys in Hollywood any more are the Nazis.  Any other group of bad guys has an advocacy group that will raise a ruckus, or Hollywood is worried about offending the all important overseas market for film distribution. (Hence the film adaptation of World War Z changed the bad guys from the Chinese to some mysterious source in Russia.)  It is doubtful »

Peter Baker, live from Gate 21

Featured image Peter Baker is the distinguished New York Times White House reporter and author, most recently, of Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House. I was delighted to find myself sitting next to Peter on my flight from Minneapolis to Washington this morning. Peter had taken the red eye from Seattle and was on his way home from a trip promoting the book. He couldn’t have been nicer. »

The Clinton Foundation’s man in Cairo was also the Muslim Brotherhood’s

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon reports that a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until fairly recently, was employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation, was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence. The official, Gehad el-Haddad, had been serving as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top communications officials. In that capacity, while the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt, he “push[ed] the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, »

Hillary Clinton and North African riots

Featured image Years ago, I read that the first movie Bill Clinton took Hillary to see when they were dating was The Battle of Algiers. If so, Bill made a shrewd choice. The Battle of Algiers was a cult classic among leftists of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its final scene depicting Algerians rioting against the French is so realistic and intense that, as a film critic for the New Yorker »

Dowd’s Stopped Clock Gets It Right

Featured image You know the old saying about how even stopped clocks are right twice a day.  The New York Times op-ed columnist version of this would be that one of the Krugman-Friedman-Collins-Dowd foursome will get something right about once a year.  (I’ll take once a decade from Friedman or Krugman.) Today is Maureen Dowd’s turn to get something right, reminding us of why she was a popular political news journalist before »

The Democrats just can’t seem to take America’s side

Featured image Let’s see. The current Democratic standard-bearer (and U.S. president) believes that Ho Chi Minh was inspired by America’s founding fathers and, apparently, that Harry Truman should have cooperated with the mass murdering Vietnamese Communist. The previous Democratic standard-bearer, John Kerry, considered the U.S. troops who fought against Ho Chi Minh’s forces to be like “the Army of Genghis Khan.” Kerry is now our Secretary of State. It almost makes you »

Mukasey and McCarthy: Personal testimony

Featured image The Wall Street Journal published a book review by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey yesterday. Judge Mukasey (as I will refer to him here) is one great American. He was the trial judge in the case of the Blind Sheikh and a man who answered the call of duty by resigning from the bench to take the position of Attorney General for the last two years of the Bush administration. »

It’s too bad we can’t impeach Bill Clinton again

Featured image In a Washington Post op-ed, Bill Clinton argues that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which he signed into law, is unconstitutional. This raises an obvious question: Why did Clinton sign an unconstitutional piece of legislation into law? As slick as he is, Clinton can’t provide an answer. He does explain why he signed DOMA in 1996: [At that time] in no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, »

Bill Clinton fibs about gun control

Featured image At a speech before the Conusmer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 9, Bill Clinton stated: “Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapon ban expired in 2005, half in the history of the country.” But that statement is untrue, as Glenn Kessler of the Washngton Post demonstrates. Asked by Kessler about his statement, Clinton’s spokesman declined to comment or to say »

Father of the Year

Featured image In another sign that the end of times is approaching, Bill Clinton has been named by the National Father’s Day Council to receive one of its coveted Father of the Year awards: “With the profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes that we celebrate through the Father of the Year award,” said Dan Orwig, chairman of the »