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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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No final peace without defanging Hamas

On Thursday, a three-day truce was announced in the Gaza war. It was quickly broken by Hamas, which reportedly kidnapped an Israeli soldier. Once again, the real world will not cooperate with Secretary of State John Kerry. After getting smacked around by the U.S. and Israeli media, the Palestinian Authority and Egypt, a chastened Kerry […]

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Demilitarization before aid is essential in Gaza. “Construction of an average two-mile tunnel can take more than three years and can cost $1-3 million. Construction of each tunnel requires over 500 tons of concrete. This material could have been used to build dozens of houses, schools or medical facilities. Israel has delivered 4,680 truckloads of […]

Expand the GOP, but how?

There are a few competing theories about how to expand the appeal of the Republican Party. Aside from radio talk show hosts and right-wing groups that fundraise off calamities like the government shutdown, there is a general consensus on the right that the party has to expand to create an electoral majority if it is going […]

European anti-Semitism surges

It is not as though the Obama administration does nothing about the new waves of anti-Semitism washing over Europe. The administration has a whole operation in the office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism to address just these issues. If you read the June report by current envoy Ira Forman (a longtime […]

If liberal elites really cared about Gazan children …

We remarked upon the jaw-dropping hypocrisy of the U.S. media in virtually ignoring tens of thousands of children murdered in Syria by jihadists and President Bashar al-Assad while endlessly castigating not Hamas, but Israel, for the horrible but inevitable deaths of innocents in Gaza who were used as human shields for terrorists in order to ring […]

Congress should sue the imperial Obama, even if it doesn’t work

The Post reports: “House Republicans voted to proceed with a lawsuit against President Obama on Wednesday, saying that his executive actions are so extreme that they violate the Constitution. The nearly party-line vote — all Democrats voted against it, and all but five Republicans voted for it — further agitated an already polarized climate on […]

Make the next two years about growth

There’s no question that 4 percent second-quarter growth is better than the 2.1 percent contraction in the first quarter. Some of this is the post-cold weather phenomenon. (Economic activity postponed in the first quarter was made up and inventories got replenished.) But putting this in perspective, we are still experiencing the worst recovery in modern times. […]

Morning Bits

It’s a strange new world. “Arab Leaders Silent, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel.” Weird, it’s usually the Republicans who have the lame candidates. “GOP candidates are not immune to stumbles, of course, or awkward footage of events past. But Democrats have a much tougher electoral map and almost no margin for error as they […]

Harry Reid, the bane of Senate Dems

Senate Democrats’ act is wearing thin. Oh, we’d like to “fix” Obamacare but Harry Reid won’t let us vote. Oh, we’d like to vote for the Keystone XL pipeline, but Harry Reid won’t let us. Oh, we really support Iran sanctions, but Harry Reid won’t let us vote. Oh, we think Obama acting unilaterally on […]

The conservative reform agenda: Probably smaller, definitely better

In an amusing account of the Ayn Rand wig-out over Rep. Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan, James Pethokoukis writes, “If you’re someone who finds that kind of reasoning — ‘Taxation is theft!’ — appealing and persuasive, then of course you will dislike... Ryan’s anti-poverty plan and the safety net it wishes to reform. […]

10 keys to presidential credibility

On Monday I mentioned a CNN poll that showed Texas Gov. Rick Perry shooting up five points to a statistical dead heat in the pre-2016 presidential primary polling. Then a Fox News poll came out also reflecting Perry’s improvement, going from 5 percent in April to 12 percent now. He seems to have crossed a […]

Polling shows Democrats need to self-reflect on Israel

A Pew poll tells us: “As violence between Israel and Hamas shows no signs of abating, the sympathies of the American public continue to lie with Israel rather than the Palestinians. And dating back to the late 1970s, the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider. Currently, 51% of Americans say that in […]

Responding to Obama’s immigration edicts

Ubiquitous media reports indicate the president is preparing to declare he in essence will not faithfully executive certain immigration laws for certain groups of people — millions in total, perhaps — because Congress won’t do what he wants. This from a former constitutional law instructor. One would hope that elected officials of both parties and public figure […]

Time for the discredited John Kerry to resign

Secretary of State John Kerry is getting bashed from all sides these days — Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the U.S. media, the Israeli media, Egypt and even ex-advisers. As chaotic as the Obama administration’s foreign policy may be — actually, because it is so chaotic — Kerry should consider resigning. We face multiple threats, ranging […]

Morning Bits

A lame fundraising stunt. The speaker of the House: “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election. We have no plans to impeach the president. […]

Potential 2016 candidates should offer alternatives to our wrongheaded foreign policy

In defending the Obama administration’s foreign policy record, the media and (other) Democratic partisans often say to Republican critics, “Well, what would you do?” Republicans shouldn’t be defensive. In fact, there are many alternatives to the past 5 1/2 years of incompetent and wrongheaded foreign policy. Republicans should be happy to spell them out. On Sunday, […]

Can Paul Ryan win over critics of his anti-poverty plan?

The reaction to Rep. Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty rollout was instructive. On the bright side, there seems to be support from the center-left through the center-right for many of the Wisconsin Republican’s ideas. From rabid partisans there was expected barbs and indifference. Show More Summary

Harry Reid’s cheap talk

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) speaks, you often can’t decide whether to laugh or cry. Yesterday he tried out this one: “The United States of America should live up to its commitments, particularly with our friend Israel, which happens to be the only true democracy in the Middle East. We can do better […]

Obama’s former adviser explains the Gaza debacle

The long-time Middle East negotiator, former Obama adviser and perhaps future adviser to Hillary Clinton, Dennis Ross, as I noted yesterday, was surprisingly blunt in his assessment of the recent foreign policy efforts of his former boss and of Clinton’s successor. In particular I want to focus on what we can learn from Ross on Gaza, both […]

Morning Bits

Speaker of the House John Boehner doesn’t like what he sees from the administration. “We will not equate professional militaries with terrorist organizations that use human shields and seek to maximize civilian casualties.  And we insist that the demilitarization of Gaza be not just a House goal but a shared, uncompromising U.S. and international objective.  […]

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