Obama administration

Team Obama reveals that it tried to rescue Foley

Featured image When it comes to combatting ISIS, the Obama administration has precious few successes to talk about. So today it touted a failure: U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials. The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight »

Contempt [Updated]

Featured image In recent months, Barack Obama has crossed an important threshold. He has always shown contempt for his opponents; now he shows contempt for his supporters. He has quit pretending to be a leader, and more or less quit pretending to be a president. On the right and the center, he has become a joke. Click to enlarge: But that isn’t the worst of it. No doubt there are a few »

Between law enforcement and looters, Obama is, as usual, neutral

Featured image President Obama said today that he will not visit Ferguson, Missouri so as not to “put[] my thumb on the scale” in the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown. We should be grateful that he’s staying put. Yet, short of following the investigators around, it’s not clear why Obama being in Missouri would put his thumb on the scale of the investigation. It’s his comments, not his physical presence, »

Thoughts on the Ritual Now Taking Place in Ferguson, Missouri

Featured image Eight days ago, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a young but very large (6′ 4″, 300 pounds) African-American, under circumstances that remain murky. Since then, a ritual with which we have become tiresomely familiar has unfolded: demonstrations that turned into riots, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson–still!–descending on the scene, pleas for peace, intervention of federal authorities, calls for reappraisal of American race »

Obama’s Brutal Vacation

Featured image Didn’t you find the news stories about the Obamas dancing through the night on Martha’s Vineyard heartwarming? I know I did. Actually, I am starting to feel sorry for Obama. Everything is unraveling on him, and there is nothing he can–given his abilities, his work ethic and his ideology–do about it. Liberal commentators are writhing with discomfort as Obama vacations while the world burns. His latest impromptu press conference had »

Impeachment? Seriously?

Featured image The Democrats are salivating at the idea that Republicans might try to impeach President Obama. They think, perhaps, that impeachment is the one thing that could salvage Obama’s second term. In the meantime, they are furiously raising money with the claim that Republicans are bent on impeachment. The Blaze offers a rather comical account: The notion of impeaching President Barack Obama got substantial attention Friday from two White House officials, »

Suing the President

Featured image Liberals are in typical scoffing and mocking mode about the House pursuing a lawsuit against President Obama for failure to execute the laws faithfully, another example of the situational ethics of liberalism as well as their contempt for the separation of powers and the Constitution itself.  Liberals never thought it odd when members of Congress attempted to sue both Presidents Bush (unsuccessfully) for violating the War Powers Act, or President »

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 »

The scandal of part-time America

Featured image Mort Zuckerman, writing in the Wall Street Journal, notes the deceptive nature of the hype surrounding the June jobs report showing the addition of 288,000 jobs. In reality, full time jobs decreased by 523,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — a shocking number that is obscured, but hardly offset, by the addition of 800,000 part time jobs. Following the release of the June report, President Obama proclaimed, “Make »

The fruits of Obama’s arrogance of impotence

Featured image Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post argues that it’s time for President Obama to select a new “team of rivals” to assist him. I don’t buy the argument that the administration’s woes have anything to do with personnel other than Obama himself. The “team of rivals” theme was never more than PR. Nor, in my opinion, has there been a significant diminution of talent in top level positions other than »

Clamp of the ain’ts

Featured image On Monday the Weekly Standard invited me to take a look at our border crisis featuring unaccompanied Central American minors. The new issue of the Standard, out this morning, carries my article “Disorder at the border.” I have to thank editor Bill Kristol for the invitation and assistant managing editor Kelly Jane Torrance for reworking my draft into publishable form. Within a limited space I did my best to trace »

Straw men at the border

Featured image President Obama traveled to Texas today for some big-buck fundraisers with filthy rich supporters. He declined to visit the border that is the source of the flood of unaccompanied Central American minors that he has done absolutely nothing to stanch. Judging by his actions, he wants to keep them coming. Obama was shamed into holding a couple of meetings that included Governor Perry. USA Today’s Rick Jervis reports on the »

Say it ain’t so, Jeh!

Featured image On Meet the Press this morning, David Gregory did a commendable job of trying to get an answer from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to this question (my words): will most of the illegal minors stay or be deported? Johnson obscures his answer in a political word cloud that I confidently translate: “Stay.” Analyze this: Gregory asks: “I know there’s a process they have to go through. Will most of »

Faithless execution: Border edition

Featured image At a naturalization ceremony on July 4, President Obama vowed to do “everything I can” to pass amnesty legislation that would give a pathway to citizenship to all of the country’s illegal immigrants. He apparently believes that he hasn’t done enough to get out the word that he does not believe in border security or the enforcement of our current immigration law. With the invasion across our southern border by »

Dana Milbank’s fantasy

Featured image Dana Milbank, the Clown Prince of the Washington Post, argues that having an “all-Republican Congress” might help President Obama. By all-Republican Congress, Milbank means a majority Republican Senate to go along with the majority Republican House. Milbank reasons that with Republicans in control of both chambers, they would pass conservative legislation on matters such as immigration, health care, the budget, and abortion. Obama could then veto that legislation, thereby enhancing »

Mr. Abu Khattala regrets

Featured image In its continuing campaign to break down our defenses, the Obama administration is treating alleged Benghazi mastermind Ahmed Abu Khattala as a criminal rather than an enemy. Having delivered him to federal custody in Washington, prosecutors have filed a document supporting the continued pretrial detention of Mr. Abu Khattala (as the New York Times calls refers to him in its report). The Times has posted the document here. The Times »

Buyer’s Remorse: Obama Now Rated Worst Modern President

Featured image This Quinnipiac poll, released today, is getting a lot of press. Understandably so: Quinnipiac polled 1,446 registered voters nationwide, and a plurality of 33% tagged Barack Obama as the worst president since World War II. Such historical ratings are always biased toward the recent past, of course; 28% said George W. Bush was the worst. In a head-to-head comparison with Bush, 40% say Obama is worse, while 39% think Obama »