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Ferguson, Missouri: Chapter II

There are some rumblings and rumors emanating from Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson in August. A grand jury has been examining all the evidence and hearing all the testimony, from people who were at the scene that day and from Wilson himself. Former St. Louis County…

Incompetence, Going Viral

As of now, two Americans have contracted Ebola in the United States, both of them nurses who had direct contact with Thomas Duncan, who was infected in Liberia and died in Dallas. Why was Duncan in the United States to begin with? Because he lied to airport screeners in Liberia, falsely telling them that he…

Damning with Very, Very Faint Praise

Leon Edward Panetta is the very embodiment of a patriot. Born to parents who emigrated from Calabria in southern Italy, he graduated from college and then embarked on a long career in government. Democratic Congressman, Director of OMB, White House Chief of Staff, Director of the CIA, and, finally, Secretary of Defense. In a city…

Revenge of the Spies

The intelligence community is not amused. Last week President Obama explicitly blamed faulty intel for his failure to act more quickly against ISIS. As the president told '60 Minutes,' Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admits that "they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria." Mr. Obama has an interesting way with pronouns. When…

A Wartime President

All pretense ended Monday night, when President Barack Obama became Commander-in-Chief at a time of war. He has never been reluctant to kill terrorists with unmanned drones, but now the United States military is bombing ISIS targets inside Syria. The president has authorized strikes by fighter planes, bombers, and Tomahawk missiles, the same weapons brandished…

Confronting Evil, Reluctantly

A large majority of Americans want to see U.S. warplanes bomb the amorphous Islamic State, aka ISIS. If those savages wanted to get our attention by beheading young men and proudly showing the gruesome executions on the Internet, mission accomplished. They have our full attention, at least for the moment. But while we are generally…

Take us to Your Leader … Please

On Wednesday night President Obama commandeered prime time to lay out his strategy for dealing with the savage terrorists of ISIS. Mr. Obama appeared to have some passion when he spoke about airstrikes in Syria and the need to "ultimately destroy" the ISIS army. Finally! But why has the president been so reluctant to call…

Crying Wolf, Crying Racism

"It's time to take back America," the speaker shouted at a Labor Day rally. This particular screamer was not a Tea Partier or a rabid Republican, but the Vice President of the United States. Just who does Joe Biden want to take the country back from? His party controls the White House, the Senate, and…