December 5, 2010
Weekend reading

A few quick things that may interest you from the past week: MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer likens Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell to Jim Crow laws. There’s certainly a case to be made for repeal (though I think the current system works well), but Brewer doesn’t make it. If she really thinks repeal will cause no problems, then […]

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November 29, 2010
Wikileaks roundup

A couple of points on the latest round of Wikileaks disclosures: PFC Bradley Manning is apparently the source of most, if not all, of the material Wikileaks has published – including documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that has endangered the lives of civilians who’ve helped U.S. and NATO troops in those countries. Manning […]

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November 17, 2010
Justice for terrorists

A New York jury yesterday acquitted Ahmed Ghailani, an Al Qaeda terrorist who was part of the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. He killed 224 people. The Weekly Standard’s Thomas Joscelyn summarizes the evidence: 1.      Ghailani and another al Qaeda operative “purchased the used refrigeration truck converted to a […]

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November 16, 2010
Thank You Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

Bill McGurn might have described it best. "I'm not at peace with that at all," he said on "60 Minutes" Sunday night. "And coming and talking about it and people wanting to shake my hand because of it, it hurts me because it's not what I want. And to be with so many people doing […]

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June 23, 2010
Governing is hard

It wasn’t unexpected today when President Obama relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of command of the Afghanistan war effort. The president had every right to do it, and few will fault him for making the decision he did. At the same time, Obama “demoted” Gen. David Petraeus from his perch as head of U.S. Central Command […]

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June 22, 2010
Dissent and the media

As I outlined in the post below, President Obama has every right to sack Gen. Stanley McChrystal. If that happens, what will be interesting to watch over the next several days and months is how McChrystal is treated by the media. Take the case of Gen. Eric Shinseki who was made a cause célèbre after […]

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June 22, 2010
Gen. McChrystal’s fate

You can find the Rolling Stone article everyone’s talking about here. In the article we learn a lot of things we already know: Vice President Joe Biden is an idiot. Rolling Stone doesn’t realize that Biden is an idiot. Rolling Stone tries to make hay out of the fact that McChrystal and Biden disagree on […]

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April 6, 2010
Speak softly and carry a stick of predetermined, but not threatening, size

President Barack Obama lives in the kind of world that I’d love to live in. Everyone (except those Tea Partiers) is reasonable and considers first the common good for all humanity. No one seeks to enrich themselves at their neighbor’s expense. No one seeks revenge over ancient insults. No nation dominates another. Unfortunately, this is […]

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November 24, 2009
You’re kidding, right?

Whomever the officer is who decided to press charges should be drummed out of the military. Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured […]

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November 5, 2009
A tragedy, and the predictable response

It wasn’t until shortly before I left work earlier this evening that I saw Internet reports about today’s tragic attack at Fort Hood, Texas. Initial reports identify the attacker as Maj. Nidal Hasan, a Muslim. As I drove home, the radio updated the story and you barely had time to react to the numbers – […]

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