Josh Earnest Struggles to Explain

Featured image The State Department’s twin Valley girls, Jen Psaki and Marie Harf, are not the only Obama administration spokespeople who often get tied up in knots. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is just as bad. Fox’s Ed Henry asked Earnest to explain why the 21 beheaded Christians were not described as such, while the three murdered Muslims in North Carolina were the subject of a lecture by President Obama on »

Rudy unbound

Featured imageRudy Giuliani had a few choice words for our Puss in Boots president in his address to the Iranian-American Community gathering in Phoenix, Arizona last week. Part 1 is below; part 2 is here. In the event you seek a voice speaking with clarity and depth of feeling to articulate the president’s errancy in matters vital to our national security, this is must viewing. Giuliani’s whole speech is quotable, but »

Jobs For Jihadis!

Featured imageMichael Ramirez piles on the hapless Marie Harf and her oh-so-nuanced jobs for jihadis plan: We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs… Click to enlarge: Can anyone think of a war that has been won by anyone, any time, any »

ISIS: Crush it or bleed it?

Featured imageYesterday, I recommended an article by Graeme Wood about ISIS. Wood closely examines ISIS’s ideology which, not surprisingly, turns out to be thoroughly Islamic, though not embraced by most Muslims. Wood shows that President Obama’s failure to grasp what ISIS is about led to dangerously flawed decisions. He concludes by considering the implications of his analysis for the big question of the moment — how to deal with ISIS going »

Drowning in An Ocean of Misinformation?

Featured imageThe oceans are dying, says . . . just about everyone. Well at least the New York Times, which reported last month that “Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says.” And the Times never makes any factual mistakes; I checked to make sure this story wasn’t from Gail Collins. But to my amazement, there’s a broad study out in the latest issue of BioScience, a premier journal in the »

Announcing a New Term: “Harfing”

Featured imageThe term “Fisking” apparently originated with someone’s takedown of a really bad column by British journalist Robert Fisk about 10 years back.  I never read anything by Fisk, but this is what the Urban Dictionary says: The word is derived from articles written by Robert Fisk that were easily refuted, and refers to a point-by-point debunking of lies and/or idiocies.  So we need a similar term for debunking the serial »

Care to turn U.S. domestic anti-terrorism policy over to CAIR?

Featured imageThe Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is seeking to limit our government’s ability to obtain information with which to counter Islamist terrorism and jihad. On the eve of a three-day White House meeting on federal efforts to mitigate jihadi violence, CAIR issued a statement calling, in effect, for the government to farm out its program for dealing with domestic Islamist terrorists to Muslim leaders — in other words to CAIR »

Will ISIS Invade Italy?

Featured imageThat eye-catching possibility was raised by this Daily Beast article by Barbie Latza Nadeau: “Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya.” Last weekend in Italy, as the threat of ISIS in Libya hit home with a new video addressed to “the nation signed with the blood of the cross” and the warning, “we are south of Rome,” Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi shuttered up the Italian embassy in Tripoli and raised »

Talk about working the refs. . .

Featured imageToday’s Washington Post features a front page story called “Faces of the subsidies case: For families relying on Affordable Care Act, court ruling could be devastating.” Just above the headline, in a picture that runs nearly the full width of the front page, we see a picture of Erin Meredith — the poster woman for the story — with her adorable five-year old daughter. The picture and the headline will »

Federal Judge Enjoins Implementation of Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Featured imageYesterday, Judge Andrew Hanen, a federal district court judge in Texas, granted a motion by Texas and 25 other states for a preliminary injunction barring the Obama administration from implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) program that was announced by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The opinion is 123 pages long, and is, in my view, well-reasoned and persuasive. Several points should be made »

Benjamin Netanyahu explains

Featured imageThe Prime Minister’s Office has posted the video of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations yesterday (below). The text of Netanyahu’s remarks is posted here. Netanyahu’s remarks were devoted entirely to explaining his acceptance of Speaker Boehner’s invitation to address Congress on March 3. As always, Netanyahu’s remarks are of interest and in contrast with the vilification and abuse that Team Obama has sent his »

Ignatius’s ignorance

Featured imageDavid Ignatius is the prominent Washington Post columnist who specializes in foreign affairs. I’ve written about him a lot, as in “Ignatius ignores” and “The case of David Ignatius.” His superficiality and animus can’t be concealed, but they are manifested in smooth prose and an authoritative voice. It’s a killer combination. Earlier this week in “A perfect storm brews in the Middle East,” Ignatius served as the medium for the »

Marie Harf: I’m “too nuanced” for you

Featured imageWolf Blitzer invited Marie Harf on CNN’s Situation Room this afternoon. Blitzer sought her out to expand on her remarks on the administration’s approach to dealing with the Islamic State terrorists. Harf thinks that we must attack old-fashioned “root causes” of the material kind. Harf is promoting Great Society liberalism as the answer to “violent extremism.” Great Society liberalism couldn’t even cut it in the United States with more limited »

Eric Holder: Fox News Invented Islamic Radicalism!

Featured imageThere is a recurrent fantasy within the Obama administration that they could get away with anything, if only that damn Fox News would shut up. Well, sometimes that could be true. But other times, it’s delusional. Like when Eric Holder blamed Fox News for Islamic radicalism: Whenever you’re getting criticized by both sides, it probably means you’re probably getting it right. We spend more time, more time talking about what »

The “New Left” Is Growing Old (and Senile?)

Featured imageSomewhere the old social democrat Irving Howe wrote of his disgust with Tom Hayden and the New Left when it arose in the early 1960s, saying (if memory serves) after a contentious meeting with Hayden in New York that they were a bunch of “knowitall shits,” and writing in Dissent that the energy of the New Left was mostly “a gesture of moral rectitude.” Those New Left “gestures” of moral »

Why ISIS is Islamic and why it matters

Featured imageThe question of the relationship to Islam of radical Islam in general and ISIS in particular has never struck me as perplexing. Radical Islam is the radical strand of Islam, and ISIS is an extreme version of the radical strand. Its actions are consistent with portions of the religion’s core text which are founded on the conduct and preaching of the religion’s founder. You don’t need to be a scholar »

Marie Harf explains

Featured imageMarie Harf trotted out the “root causes” school of thought last night to explain how ISIS will ultimately be defeated. “We cannot win this war by killing them,” according to Harf. “We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…” And so »