Who Knew? The Who, That’s Who

Featured image At the risk of sounding like a bad homage to Abbott & Costello, who knew that The Who’s Roger Daltrey is a Churchill fan?  From a press release from Speaker John Boehner’s office: Roger Daltrey to Perform at Winston Churchill Ceremony October 24, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC – Multi-platinum recording artist Roger Daltrey, CBE, founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who, will perform next week at a U.S. Capitol ceremony honoring »

Why The Left Can Never Be Trusted With Power

Featured image If you want a good lesson in why the left can never be trusted with political power, especially in foreign policy, look no further than Mother Jones Washington bureau chief Nick Baumann, writing in Slate this week that “Neville Chamberlain Was Right.”  What was he right about?  Ceding Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938: “The maligned British prime minister did what we would want any responsible leader to do.” Do tell, »

When Hitler didn’t meet Churchill

Featured image President Obama’s palpable excitement over the phone call he had with the president of “the Islamic Republic of Iran” — Obama bows verbally even when he can’t execute his 90-degree dive in person — put me in mind of Winston Churchill’s failed meeting with Adolf Hitler. It’s a story I’ve mentioned here before and ask your indulgence in mentioning again as the occasion seems to warrant. Among the many qualities »

The Occasional Winston

Featured image Listening to Barack Obama advertise his man crush on Hassan Rouhani makes my skin crawl. Rouhani is a man with whom the United States has many scores to settle but he and the mullahs have Obama’s number, not that it’s all that hard to pick up. Fresh off his diplomatic “triumph” in Syria, Obama is all but shrieking: “I am a chicken ripe to be plucked.” As it happens, a »

The Occasional Winston

Featured image The recent op-ed columns by Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in the New York Times and the Washington Post, respectively, have me wondering. What would a New York Times or Washington Post op-ed column by Adolf Hitler have looked like in 1936 or 1937? We don’t have to wonder what a column by Winston Churchill would have looked like. He was regularly cranking columns out as his wilderness years reached »

Is Islam a religion of peace?

Featured image Lee Rigby was brutally murdered by crazed Islamists in the streets of London this past May 22. In a feat of timing, the Oxford Union Society held a previously scheduled debate the following day on the motion this House believes that Islam is a religion of peace. The motion carried 286 to 168. The Oxford Union has posted videos of each of the six participants’ debate presentations here. You can »

The Weekly Winston: Vindicating the British Empire

Featured image In place of the traditional Churchill meditation that usually appears in this space on the weekends, let’s take a detour to one of the areas which contemporary liberals hold against Churchill: the British Empire.  For a long time I’ve been predicting that sooner or later revisionist scholarship would be begin to contest and eventually reverse much of the cliché-ridden leftist line that “colonialism” should be summed up purely as racism, »

The Weekly Winston: Syria Policy Drift

Featured image I’ve been lax lately in my Churchill posts, but the appalling spectacle last week of the Obama Administration’s tentative and pusillanimous decision about Syria brings to mind one of Churchill’s most famous beatdowns of appeasement, his 1936 “Locust Years,” speech, which includes this peroration that applies perfectly to Obama’s Syria policy (just swap out “Secretary of State Kerry” for First Lord of the Admiralty, and “President Obama” for “Prime Minister,” »

The Weekly Winston: Thoughts on Prohibition

Featured image Will Rogers quipped, “Well, Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.”  Churchill took a similarly jaunty view of this ridiculous experiment in progressive legislation (which is making a comeback today with people like Nurse Bloomberg).  Anyway, a couple of Churchill’s observations on the matter: It is possible that the dry, bracing electrical atmosphere of North America makes the use of alcohol less necessary and more potent than the moist, »

The Weekly Winston: Memorial Day/Trinity Sunday Edition

Featured image Today, the eve of Memorial Day, also happens to be Trinity Sunday on the liturgical calendar, so it is fitting to recall Churchill’s Trinity Sunday exhortation to British forces during those grim days of May, 1940—a paraphrase from the Book of Maccabees in the Apocrypha: Today is Trinity Sunday.  Centuries ago words were written to be a call and a spur to the faithful servants of Truth and Justice: “Arm »

The Weekly Winston: IRS Scandal Edition

Featured image The revelations of the IRS investigations of conservative groups, and the incredible explanations of why this should be regarded as an “innocent” mistake, summons to mind Churchill’s campaign speech of June 1945, attacking the socialist platform of the Labour Party in that hard fought campaign (which Churchill’s Tory party lost in a landslide).  Some of this description may not fit Obamaworld perfectly, but the third paragraph sounds like an accurate »

The Weekly Winston: Correspondents Dinner Edition

Featured image There’s likely an inverse relationship between the decline of the legacy media and the increasingly over-the-top desperation, self-congratulation and spectacle of the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, held last night.  You would think the media would do themselves a favor and not televise the proceedings of their Otherness on C-SPAN, just as the Gridiron dinner is not open to cameras.  Even Tom Brokaw has had enough; isn’t this almost a »

Spindle Time: Winnies, Poohs, and Climate Neener-Neeners

Featured image Just in time for the Weekly Winston comes the fabulous news that the Bank of England has decided to put Churchill on the five-pound note.  Now, can we please put Reagan on the twenty, or something? Speaking of Winnie, who according to legend (surely apocryphal) was the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, loyal Power Line reader RS sends along this adaptation of Milne to remind us of why »

The Weekly Winston: Boston Aftermath Edition

Featured image I know I’ve posted here before Churchill’s infamous reflections about Islam from the unabridged edition of The River War, but it would seem worth reposting them at the end of this particular week: How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!  Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.  The effects are apparent »

The Weekly Winston: Nuclear Deterrence Edition, with Iran Postscript

Featured image As we contemplate the specter of a reckless North Korea and a fanatical and suicidal Iran both bent on acquiring and using nuclear weapons, the old schemes of deterrence lose their valence.  While Churchill thought the deterrence of mutual assured destruction between the superpowers would work (peace would be “the sturdy child of terror”), he was less optimistic about proliferation, as seen in this comment from 1946: In these present »

The Weekly Winston: Far East Edition

Featured image Churchill, writing in 1951 about the idea of invading China to win the Korean War: That would be the greatest folly.  It would be like flies invading fly-paper. When asked in the House of Commons one day where North Korea was procuring its arms, Churchill answered: Although there are movements ever being made in aerial locomotion, it would be premature to suppose that they came from the moon. And about »

The Weekly Winston: Climate Change and Technology Edition

Featured image Since we’re on the subject of climate change here in recent days, herewith Churchill’s musings about climate and technology from his essay “Fifty Years Hence,” published in the late 1920s and available now in Thoughts and Adventures.  Part of this passage is a tolerably good anticipation of “geoengineering,” or “solar radiation management.” The discovery and control of such sources of power [such as nuclear] would cause changes in human affairs »