Organize the Arab World: Obama’s Sudden Ambition?

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On his way to a Wales-hosted NATO summit, President Obama stopped into Estonia -- he took the scenic route -- and gave a press conference chock full of leadershipy ideas. One of them is that we -- meaning the world -- will apparently whittle down ISIS until it is a "manageable problem" (see: "New Normal", here) and another is that we -- the whole world, again -- will need to "[organize] the Arab world", the Middle East, the Muslim world along with the international community to isolate this … [Read more...]

Unhappy Nation America: Not a Family, Not a People

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America is not happy. However it might look on paper, in reality we are not getting along. We are e pluribus unum, no more.I wrote that, and later struck it as being too harsh, for my latest column at First Things, which was written after an evening's troubling conversation with an African American friend who is feeling done with everything and everyone. The militarized police in Ferguson so strained his basket of disciplined goodwill that I suspect one more straw, no matter how light, will … [Read more...]

Editorial: “The World Can’t Afford US Gov’t This Bad for So Long!”

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Wow, first Dana Milbank, then Richard Cohen, then New York Magazine and now this*:After [the president's] truth-challenged oversell of the Affordable Care act, the unconscionable overreach of his CIA and his disastrous indecision on so many foreign policy issues, it's unnerving to realize that his presidency still has two more years in office. An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest of the world simply can't … [Read more...]

Bishop asks Admin for Aid to Iraq; Admin asks Congress to Repeal Troop Authorization

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I am sorry to be writing so frequently about the terrible situation in Iraq and Syria, but it needs talking about.The USCCB has just released a pdf of Bishop Pates' letter to White House national security adviser Susan RiceLast month I wrote to you about the escalating violence in Iraq that targets Christians and otherreligious communities. I asked that the U.S. government urge Iraqi political leaders to form aninclusive government representative of all ethnic and religious groups, thus … [Read more...]

Noonan Sees It: Obama Past Caring. Happy Independence Day!

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Peggy Noonan has written an excellent, some might say worrisome piece re Barack Obama's historically rather perverse presidency. You'll want to read it.I have for a while, now, wondered if the president's disengaged "check-out", and the "so, sue me" smugness -- the absolute lack of concern for anything, including his own legacy or the "future of the party" -- has less to do with a conceit that he possesses the ethereal, above-merely-human-detachment of a godling, and more to do with an … [Read more...]

Russia, Ukraine, Poland and 2 Timely New Saints

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"President Obama's foreign policy is based on fantasy."That's the Washington Post's ultimately restrained assessment, not mine.But I think along similar lines. The man's sense of himself has been over-indulged to a reckless point.The current sense of impotence, however, is not wholly Obama's fault. Yes, he damaged his own credibility, and ours when he drew a red line regarding Syria (and then not only ignored it being crossed but tried to deny that he ever drew it) but in truth, the … [Read more...]

Over FCC Plans, MSM Finally a Bit Curious re Obama Admin – UPDATED

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It's only taken seven years, but a member of the mainstream media is finally asking "what are they thinking?"That would be the formerly "respectable" Howard Kurtz, the Columbia J-school grad who wrote for the Washington Post and worked for CNN and the Daily Beast, before he fell from grace and landed at Fox News, where he writes: What on earth is the FCC thinking?The last thing we need is the government mucking around with news content.The title of this Big Brother-ish effort by the … [Read more...]

Surprise! GOP Fights FCC on Behalf of MSM Freedoms – UPDATED

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It's true: if I only got my news from the Mainstream Media, and did not stop in at Instapundit's place every single day, I'd never know what was going on. My day is just too busy to read everything, even though I subscribe to many news sites. Glenn Reynold's editorial eye and pithy -- often hilarious -- commentary are invaluable to me.Take this story, for instance. I had no idea that the Obama Administration was going all "Let's Create Pravda" on news outlets. Somehow, the major networks … [Read more...]

Little Sisters, HHS Mandate, Al Gore and Incurious Press – UPDATED

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I've mentioned before that both President Obama and his press secretary, Jay Carney are wearing identical facial expressions; they both look like men who wish it would all go away.And "make it go away" was the first thing that came into my head when I saw this headline over at Deacon Greg's: "WH Says Birth Control Mandate Doesn't Apply To Little Sisters of the Poor".Let's skip over the fact that this isn't exactly a "birth control" mandate. It's also a free-sterilization and … [Read more...]

What might a haberdasher know about insurance that Team Obama did not?

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The world is being run by highly-credentialed men and women who have passed through some of our most exclusive universities. Perhaps it’s time to look at haberdashers, again, to see what they know. - Elizabeth Scalia, I Don't Want to be a Hoo-er (Patheos Press, 2013)As one of my Texas-based friends has said, "I may not know much more about insurance beyond the fact that I'm smart enough to get what I need, but goodgohdamighty, even I could have thought up more sensible ways to get folks c … [Read more...]


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