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Tunes, tools, knaves and fools

Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune carried the terrific column by John Kass: “On serious note, Gitmo tactics far from torture.” The column followed up on Kass’s Thursday column: “Guantanamo is no place for a pop princess.” In the earlier column Kass had some fun with the use of the music of Christina Aguilera to induce cooperation from Guantanamo detainees. Kass thought that Aguilera’s music was insufficiently atrocious and offered his own suggestion. »

Tunes, tools, knaves and fools, take 2

The Standard has posted Hugh Hewitt’s outstanding column explicating Dick Durbin’s thoughts on Guantanamo: “Breaking the Durbin code.” Hugh performs a herculean task visiting the Augean stables of Durbin’s mind. The column valiantly performs a public service that none of the doyens of the mainstream media have even attempted. Hugh observes that Durbin’s comments last week represent “an escalation in the political rhetoric of the left, which is designed to »

…a Few Good Guys Too

There were a few pro-Administration demonstrators, too, but on this day they were vastly outnumbered by the fools and knaves. »

Of Rice and men

Featured image Susan Rice is the protagonist of our “Fools and knaves” series going back to the Sunday she hit the gabfests to circulate the Obama administration’s stupid Benghazi talking points in her capacity as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She is the protagonist, but she is of course supported by a cast of Obama administration all stars including her patron. She is a piece of work. Failing upward, she »

“Invitation”: A Benghazigate poem

Featured image Raymond Maxwell was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maghreb (North Africa) Affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs from 2011-2012. He also one of the three Deputy Assistant Secretaries removed due the fallout over Benghazi. Maxwell has written the following poem about his experience at the hands of “the Queen’s Henchmen”: The Queen’s Henchmen request the pleasure of your company at a Lynching – to be held »

Ship of fools, part 1

This morning’s Washington Times runs the first of four excerpts from Richard Miniter’s new book on the Clinton administration’s nonfeasance with respect to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda: “Bill Clinton’s failure on terrorism.” This excerpt is based largely on the recollections of Clinton counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke regarding a key meeting to discuss striking al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan in response to the bombing of the USS Cole. State »

Of Rice and men, part 2

Featured image Referring to United States Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, Paul Mirengoff has been asking (here and here) whether we want a dupe as Secretary of State. Good question. On Wednesday at a UN press briefing, a reporter asked Rice to explain her view of the controversy concerning her 9/16 comments on five Sunday news shows regarding the 9/11 Benghazi attack that took the lives of four Americans. Thus spake »

The Washington Post tries to give away the president’s cake

The Washington Post takes President Bush to task for his two latest appellate court nominees, Brett Kavanaugh and Janice Rogers Brown. The Post readily acknowledges that both are “people of substance” and “nominees whose records and qualifications might well under other circumstances command support.” So what is the problem? Well, Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr when he was investigating Bill Clinton and, more recently, worked in President Bush’s office of »

Of Rice and Men

Featured image Writing of Obama’s post-election press conference this week, Paul Mirengoff noted that Obama became testy when asked about threats by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham to oppose United States Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice if she is nominated to be Secretary of State. Obama advised Senate Republicans that if they want to “go after somebody, they should go after me.” He added, with disgust, that Rice is merely »

Stephen Hunter: Soft Target

Featured image Today is the official publication date of Stephen Hunter’s new thriller, Soft Target. Steve is the Pulitzer Prize-winning former film critic of the Washington Post and one of our favorite writers. Glenn Reynolds concisely comments: “Love him, and his books.” Steve has graciously accepted our invitation to bring his new book to the attention of our readers. Steve writes: Some books write themselves. Some don’t. The former are beloved as »

Why Do We Have Police Forces?

I mean, really? The question is prompted by the riots going on in Toronto, in connection with the G-20 meeting. The same crowd of knaves and fools that always turns out for such events has descended on Toronto and has run riot through much of the city. The criminals have burned a number of vehicles (maybe some of them are from France), as shown in this photo: Strangest of all »

Heroes and knaves

The New York Post has a couple of fine columns this morning. Ralph Peters details the heroics now being performed by the 7th Cavalry’s 3rd Squadron: “Knife fight.” Consider in this context John Podhoretz’s “Antiwar obscenities.” Podhoretz’s piece properly goes together with Hugh Hewitt’s Weekly Standard column “Commentary and consequences.” »

Fools and their money

Michael Barone takes a penetrating look at the presidential race in Pennsylvania, where John McCain and Sarah Palin have devoted plenty of energy but apparently don’t have much to show for it. The Republicans liked their prospects in Pennsylvania this year because they expected Barack Obama to encounter resistance from blue collar voters in the Southwest (the Pittsburgh area) and the Northeast (e.g., Scranton), which traditionally are Democratic strongholds. Based »

M and W: Knaves and cowards

Rick Richman is the proprietor of Jewish current issues. He writes to advise that John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt have reponded, sort of, to the critics of their “Israel Lobby” paper here in the letters column of the London Review of Books where the article version of their paper was originally published. The full pseudoscholarly version of the M-W paper is posted on the Kennedy School site. Rick notes that »

Gun laws and the fools of Chelm

Featured image The city of Chelm figures prominently in traditional Jewish humor, where it appears as a den of supposedly wise fools. You know the type. David Mamet draws on the tradition for his Newsweek cover story/essay “Gun laws and the fools of Chelm.” As you might expect, Mamet has many wise words in the essay. Here he gets around to the subject of guns: Many are opposed to private ownership of »

Foolish fools and their foolish foolishness

As John noted last week, Al Franken, the Senate’s Diaper Dandy, made his initial mark in that body by berating T. Boone Pickens when the billionaire addressed Senate Democrats on energy policy as their invited guest. Franken was upset with Pickens for helping to finance the Swiftvet ads during the 2004 presidential campaign. John pointed out that Franken’s attack on Pickens was not only rude but wrong. So why did »

Ship of fools

Those manning the Turkish Hamas flotilla seeking to run the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza were no fools. They knew exactly what they were doing — see Jonathan Schanzer’s “The terror finance flotilla” — and they accomplished their mission in part. The fools weren’t on the ship. The fools are on dry land, as can be deduced from the ship-of-fools quality to the response to Israel’s encounter with the flotilla. »

Are we fools?

Sunday’s New York Times carried Elaine Sciolino’s interesting story on the “hardening” of Iran’s position concerning its nuclear program. Over the past four years the Bush administration has delegated diplomatic efforts to to negotiate a suspension of Iran’s uranium enrichment program to the EU Three of Britain, France, and Germany. The four years have not seen great progress. The Times reported this past Sunday: In a sign that Iran has »

Ship of Fools

Yesterday “the editors” of the New Republic published another statement on Baghdad fabulist Scott Thomas Beauchamp. “The editors” stand by Beauchamp’s TNR articles as of this moment in the name of the editors’ journalistic integrity. They imply that Beauchamp is being held incommunicado by the Army. They invite the Army to open its investigative file on Beauchamp’s allegations. Until that time, they are sticking to Beauchamp’s stories — the ones »

Suffering Fools

In a press conference today, Donald Rumsfeld was asked who is responsible for the things that have gone wrong in Iraq. His response was, I think, appropriate. The inept, frivolous partisanship of our news corps is getting harder to take all the time. »