Obama’s Comeback Violates Norms, Sense and Sensibility

Barack Obama has chosen to help elect Democrats this November with a national get out the vote tour. Democrats are thrilled to have Obama deploying his patented oratorical style, equal parts lecturing, hectoring, and know-it-all condescension. But his debut speech, a familiar pastiche of revisionist history, aspirational bromides, and opinion-delivered-as-fact, raises many questions, not least […]

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Why We Should Never Forget Benghazi

On the night of September 11, 2012, elements of al Qaeda launched a well-coordinated attack on the poorly defended U.S. consulate in war-torn Benghazi, Libya. The attack was the culmination of the Obama Administration’s disastrous foreign policy for the region, which could best be described as democracy promotion through thoughtless regime change. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, […]

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The Circus of Resistance

The resistance to Donald Trump was warring on all fronts last week. Democratic senators vied with pop-up protestors in the U.S. Senate gallery to disrupt and, if possible, to derail the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) played Spartacus, but could not even get the script right as […]

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The Audacity of Obama

Few things could be more embarrassing than giving Barack Obama a prize for “ethics in government,” as the University of Illinois did on Friday. One is reminded of the Nobel Peace Prize given to Yasser Arafat for graciously accepting a base for his terrorist organization in the middle of Judea and Samaria. The media has […]

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The Banality of Barack

Capping off a week where Senate Democrats embarrassed themselves at what should have been the semi-serious vetting of a Supreme Court justice, along comes our foot-stomping former president to remind Americans of who, ultimately, is responsible for infantilizing national politics. While lecturing college students assembled in an auditorium in central Illinois—the adopted home state he […]

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McCain’s Friends and Family Did Him No Honor

De mortuis nil nisi bonum. No one could fail to be moved by the sight at his funeral Saturday of Senator McCain‘s centenarian mother and his loyal wife accompanied by his sons in uniform and other family members. No one has any standing to take issue with the secretary of defense, the universally respected and […]

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Burying the Dead With Bile-Filled Histrionics

The big news last week revolved around the funerals of a 1960s pop singer and an unreliable Republican senator with a cult following among masochistic conservatives and cynical leftists eager to capitalize on his capacity to spread dissension among his nominal allies. I suppose the exploitation of funerals for grubby political ends is nothing new. […]

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Clarity About Clearances

Last week, a dozen former directors and deputy directors of CIA in Democratic administrations (Robert Gates made the list bipartisan) chastised President Trump for removing their former colleague John Brennan’s security clearance. This week, another 150 lesser former officials, nearly all Democrats, joined in. “Never before” they trumpeted, had they “seen the approval or removal […]

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Obama Aides Guilty of Tyrant-Coddling Hypocrisy

Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security advisor and former United Nations ambassador, has offered a new reason President Trump should be considered a patsy for strongmen: He spoke too softly about a diplomatic clash between close ally Canada and strategic regional ally Saudi Arabia. That was the subject of Rice’s recent New York Times op-ed, […]

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Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots

Paul Manafort may or may not have violated tax and banking laws in 2010. Given the twisted and arcane nature of those laws, who knows? What we do know is that Manafort first was investigated for breaking those laws in that year by Robert Mueller’s FBI. A discretionary decision was made not to prosecute. It […]

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