Category Archives: Columns

You Cannot Defeat An Enemy You Do Not Admit Exists

Speaking at the White House conference on “Countering Violent Extremism,” President Obama tried to explain his refusal to make any connections between Islam and terrorism. “Leading up to this summit there’s been a fair amount of debate in the press and among pundits about the words we use to describe and frame this challenge, so…

Obama Goes Bananas

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Remember that scene in “Bananas,” the early  Woody Allen movie, where the dictator of a banana republic, played by Carlos Montalban, goes nuts? Addressing a crowd of his followers, he decrees that henceforth everyone must wear their underwear on their heads, and that he is changing the national language to Norwegian. Well, this past week President Obama had…

Rudy Giuliani Throws GOP Into Tailspin; So Says Media

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When former New York mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani told a crowd earlier this week that he doesn’t believe President Obama loves the United States, the media response was strong. It was also warranted. Giuliani, after all, is a notable national figure. Though he’s retired from public service, he remains a distinguished presence and…

Will the GOP Capitulate Again?

“Free trade results in giving our money, our manufactures, and our markets to other nations,” warned the Republican Senator from Ohio and future President William McKinley in 1892. “Thank God I am not a free-trader,” echoed the rising Empire State Republican and future President Theodore Roosevelt. Those were the voices of a Republican Party that…

The President’s Anti-‘Islamic’ Crusade

When he leaves office in 23 months, President Obama might consider a career in construction. Why? Because few leaders have ever been quite so proficient at building straw men. The president's latest edifice was constructed Wednesday, when he proudly declared, "We are not at war with Islam." Of course, no responsible person has ever claimed…

The President’s Anti-‘Islamic’ Crusade

When he leaves office in 23 months, President Obama might consider a career in construction. Why? Because few leaders have ever been quite so proficient at building straw men. The president's latest edifice was constructed Wednesday, when he proudly declared, "We are not at war with Islam." Of course, no responsible person has ever claimed…

Imagine if ‘Frisky’ Joe Biden Were a Republican

Frisky Joe Biden

It’s nothing new that Democratic politicians don’t face the same level of media scrutiny as their Republican counterparts. There’s been a clear double standard for decades when it comes to covering the actions and behaviors of the political right vs the political left. Sometimes that double standard is fairly subtle, like when Republican candidates are…

Putin Paranoia

Hopefully, the shaky truce between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, brokered in Minsk by Angela Merkel, will hold. For nothing good, but much evil, could come of broadening and lengthening this war that has cost the lives of 5,400 Ukrainians. The longer it goes on, the greater the casualties, the more land Ukraine will…