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  • Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,'...

    10/06/2015 4:54:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 6, 2015 | Catherine Herridge & Pamela Browne
    Full title: Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks – but Clinton ordered top general to 'not take the call,' source saysVideo at link. Exclusive - New emails obtained by Fox News show that in March 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring revolution inside Libya, dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif was willing to talk peace from the ground in Libya – but a source told Fox News the offer was rejected by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the years since Qaddafi was forced from power, Libya's government has collapsed, and extremist groups including ISIS have exploited the power...
  • Judge dismisses suit by conservative video maker relating to telephone charade at Landrieu's office

    04/06/2015 2:31:27 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    Full Title: Judge dismisses libel suit by conservative video maker relating to telephone charade at Mary Landrieu's officeWASHINGTON -- A New Jersey federal judge has dismissed a libel case filed by a conservative video maker James O'Keefe, who disputed a news account of his misdemeanor conviction for trying to gain access to then Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office in 2010. New Jersey Federal Judge Claire Cecchi ruled last week that the coverage by Main Justice, which covers the Department of Justice, and the online publication's founder, Mary Jacoby, was protected under the First Amendment because "as a whole," it...
  • Missing Brookline teen Caleb Jacoby found safe, police say

    01/09/2014 7:49:01 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 9, 2013 | By Jennifer Smith
    Caleb Jacoby, the missing 16-year-old student from Brookline, was found on Thursday evening, said police. The teen, who attends the Maimonides School, is safe and well, according to a tweet from Brookline police. Jacoby disappeared on Monday afternoon and has been the subject of a wide community search aided by social media outreach. He is the son of Boston Globe OpEd columnist Jeff Jacoby.
  • Caleb Jacoby, teenage son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, is missing

    01/08/2014 5:24:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Mass Live - Boston News ^ | January 8, 2014 - updated | Shira Schoenberg, The Republican
    BROOKLINE — Caleb Jacoby, the 16-year-old son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby and his wife Laura, has been missing since about 12:30 p.m. Monday. Jacoby is a Brookline resident who is in the 11th grade at Maimonides School. According to a flier distributed by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Maimonides School, he is 5-foot-11 and 140 pounds with a thin build and short, light brown hair. Brookline police said the teenager was last seen wearing navy chino pants or jeans, a navy polo shirt, a brown winter jacket with a hood, brown shoes or sneakers, and white socks. He...
  • Please Help - Caleb Jacoby, Jeff Jacoby's son, is missing

    01/07/2014 4:20:02 PM PST · by BoomerBabe · 110 replies
    ,The Republican ^ | 01/07/2014 | Shira Schoenberg
    Caleb Jacoby of Brookline, MA has been missing since yesterday afternoon. He is 16 years old, and many of you have read, met or heard of Caleb's father, Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby. Jeff is a great friend of CAMERA and of Israel. Jeff and his wife Laura, and Caleb need our help now. If you think you have seen Caleb or have any idea of his whereabouts please contact the Brookline Police immediately at (617) 730-2222. Caleb's photo is below, along with a link to a flyer.
  • Cooler heads prevail against climate panic

    05/31/2011 11:25:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 1, 2011 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE MAY 21 apocalypse foretold by the fundamentalist minister Harold Camping never materialized, but end-of-the-world doomsaying goes on as usual among the global warmists. Tweet ShareThis “Worst ever carbon emissions leave climate on the brink,’’ a story in The Guardian was breathlessly headlined over the weekend. It reported — hyperventilated might be a better verb — that greenhouse gas... --snip-- Take the recent increase in global CO2 emissions. Is the Guardian’s panicked anxiety — “Climate on the brink’’ — really a sensible response? Writing in the journal First Things, the distinguished Princeton physicist William Happer makes a compelling case that...
  • Made in the U.S.A.

    02/07/2011 4:08:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 140 replies ^ | February 7, 2011 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN ECONOMICS AS IN APPAREL, most fashions come and go. But like the navy blazer or the little black dress, bewailing the decline of American manufacturing never seems to go out of style. They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracksForeman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back. So sang Bruce Springsteen in "My Hometown," a hit song from his 1984 album, "Born in the U.S.A.". More than a quarter-century later, that sentiment (if not the song) is as popular as ever."You know, we don't manufacture anything anymore in this country," says Donald Trump...
  • Good Old Times

    05/07/2010 1:21:12 PM PDT · by cd jones · 5 replies · 196+ views
    unk | Jeff Jacoby
    FOUR MORE YEARS? HERE ARE 40 REASONS TO SAY NO By Jeff Jacoby Bill and Hillary Clinton want to extend their grip on the Executive Branch for four more years. I can give you 40 reasons to turn them down. In no particular order: 1. Joycelyn Elders. 2. According to the General Accounting Office, ethics investigations of the Clintons and their aides are costing taxpayers more than $1 million per month. 3. Eighty-six men, women, and children died in Waco, Texas, after FBI agents used grenade launchers to mount a CS gas attack on their compound. 4. ``100,000 more police...
  • Today On The Jim Vicevich Show: Geraghty, Jacoby, Kauffman

    01/25/2010 5:39:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies · 112+ views ^ | January 25, 2010 | Jim Vicevich
    Sound Off Connecticut's guest lineup for today. What a lineup. Jim Geraghty from the Campaign spot. His breakdown of David Plouffe’s (Obama’s campaign director and new info czar) column in the WaPo is a classic. 11:10 am.
  • The Reason Behind The Brown Ascendancy

    01/19/2010 9:56:18 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies · 714+ views ^ | January 18, 2010 | Jim Vicevich
    An account on the sudden rise of Scott Brown. Jeff Jacoby, as you know, is a very good friend of the show and a great columnist for the Globe. So if you want to know the reason behind Brown’s amazing rise in the Bay State, you need to go to the man, and he is the man. "Part of the answer, of course, is that Brown has proved an engaging and indefatigable candidate, while Coakley’s campaign has been plagued with gaffes and missteps. Her claim in last week’s televised debate that the terrorists in Afghanistan are “not there anymore’’ suggested...
  • Blame Obama

    01/16/2010 5:57:12 PM PST · by Saije · 52 replies · 1,960+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 1/16/2010 | Jeff Jacoby
    EDWARD M. Kennedy has been gone less than five months, but in political terms he is already ancient history. For 47 years he represented Massachusetts in the US Senate; in his home state, no one wielded greater influence or cast a longer shadow. As recently as a few weeks ago, it was taken for granted that the race for the seat he occupied for so long would be shaped unmistakably by his legacy. But that’s not at all the way this campaign has worked out. As Tuesday’s special election approaches, Massachusetts voters are not being driven by their esteem for...
  • It’s the people’s seat, and it’s up for grabs

    01/12/2010 9:48:06 AM PST · by Signalman · 6 replies · 593+ views ^ | 1/12/2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    The policy differences between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown were as clear during last night’s debate as they have been throughout this short special-election campaign. Coakley supports ObamaCare, opposes the war in Afghanistan, and favors higher taxes on the wealthy. Brown is against the health care legislation, backs the president’s surge in Afghanistan, and wants across-the-board tax cuts à la JFK. Coakley is an EMILY’s List prochoice hard-liner; Brown condemns partial-birth abortion and is backed by Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Coakley has no problem with civilian trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Brown thinks it reckless to treat enemy...
  • Obama's swelling ego

    11/17/2009 8:02:22 AM PST · by nutsonthebus · 6 replies · 705+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Jeff Jacoby
    PRESIDENT OBAMA was too busy to attend the celebrations in Germany this week marking the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago. But he did appear by video, delivering a few brief and bloodless remarks about how the wall was "a painful barrier between family and friends" that symbolized "a system that denied people the freedoms that should be the right of every human being." He referred to "tyranny," but never identified the tyrants -- he never uttered the words "Soviet Union" or "communism," for example. He said nothing about the men and women who died trying to cross...
  • 'Kennedy' once meant 'tax-cutter' (Would JFK still be a Democrat today ?)

    08/30/2009 12:13:46 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 50 replies · 974+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 30, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    HIS NAME WAS KENNEDY. He was the preeminent figure in the Democratic Party. And he was a resolute supply-side tax-cutter. "It is a paradoxical truth," he once told the Economic Club of New York, "that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now." What he had in mind, he said, was not "a 'quickie' or a temporary tax cut." He wanted nothing less than "an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes." Those were not the...
  • 'Kennedy’ once meant ‘tax cutter’

    08/30/2009 6:39:35 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 10 replies · 723+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 08/30/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    HIS NAME was Kennedy. He was the preeminent figure in the Democratic Party. And he was a resolute supply-side tax-cutter.
  • Lawmakers, read the bills before you vote

    07/12/2009 6:34:10 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 16 replies · 799+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 12, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    SAY, DID you hear the one about the congressman who was asked to do his job? Talk about funny - this will crack you up! Well, maybe it won’t. But Steny Hoyer thought it was hilarious. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, is the majority leader in the House of Representatives. At a news conference last week, he was talking about the healthcare overhaul being drafted on Capitol Hill, and a reporter asked whether he would support a pledge committing members of Congress to read the bill before voting on it, and to make the full text of the legislation available to...
  • Minimum-wage folly

    07/08/2009 3:21:53 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 15 replies · 739+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 8, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    AS IF the recession hasn’t been rough enough on those near the bottom of the economic food chain, fresh bad news is on the way. Beginning July 24, the federal government will be making it more difficult for employers to hire low-skilled and unskilled American workers. Thanks to an ill-advised law enacted with bipartisan support in 2007, the cost of providing an entry-level job to individuals with few skills or minimal experience will be going up by more than 10 percent. Those who cannot find a job paying at least $7.25 an hour will not be permitted to work. Welcome...
  • Democracy’ is a dirty word for Obama

    06/23/2009 6:44:01 PM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies · 677+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 6-23-09 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE CHOICE presented by the democracy protests in Iran could hardly have been clearer. Discuss COMMENTS () On one side: a brutal theocratic regime that jails and tortures its critics at home and is a deadly sponsor of terrorism abroad; that loudly proclaims its enmity for the United States and has murdered many Americans to prove it; that barely conceals its drive to amass a nuclear arsenal; that lusts for the annihilation of Israel; and that for 30 years has pursued a far-flung Islamist jihad. On the other side: throngs of Iranians calling for an end to their government’s abuses....
  • Obama's missed opportunity in Cairo

    06/07/2009 3:40:58 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 1 replies · 454+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/7/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    PRESIDENT OBAMA went to the Middle East, he said, to speak frankly and forthrightly about the issues that bedevil America's relations with the Muslim world. "Part of being a good friend is being honest," he had said in an interview just before his trip. He warned his Cairo audience that he intended to be blunt. "We must say openly the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors," he declared, so he was going to "speak as clearly and plainly as I can." About some things, the president was indeed direct. He...
  • China's 'socialist road' to misery

    06/03/2009 1:21:07 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 7 replies · 837+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 3, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    IT IS 20 YEARS since the Tiananmen Square massacre, and China's communist regime hasn't budged an inch. The government has no reason to regret its murderous crackdown during "the political storm at the end of the 1980s," a foreign-ministry spokesman in Beijing told reporters last month. "China has scored remarkable success in its social and economic development. Facts have proven that the socialist road with Chinese characteristics that we pursue is in the fundamental interests of our people." As a euphemism for dictatorial savagery, "the socialist road with Chinese characteristics" may not rise to the level of, say, "Great Leap...
  • The future of talk radio

    05/03/2009 11:13:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 847+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 4, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    Michael Harrison is founder and publisher of Talkers magazine, the talk-radio industry's leading trade journal. He has spent more than 40 years in radio - as a host of both talk radio and rock music shows, as a station manager and program director, and as a station owner. Talkers magazine is best known for the "Heavy Hundred" - its annual ranking of the 100 most important talk-show hosts in America.
  • Courage, and the lack of it

    05/03/2009 1:47:01 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 33 replies · 1,047+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 3, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    ARLEN SPECTER would never have made it into "Profiles In Courage." Unlike the senators described in John F. Kennedy's book - men who remained true to their principles, even when it meant paying a steep political price - Specter has never been celebrated for his backbone. Forty-odd years ago, Specter abandoned the Democrats in order to win election to Congress as a Republican; five days ago, he abandoned the Republicans in order to win reelection as a Democrat. As he announced his defection, he all but admitted that he was acting out of naked expediency. "I have . . ....
  • A tortured debate over the 'torture memos'

    04/22/2009 3:11:43 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 3 replies · 590+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/22/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    ON THIS PAGE a few years ago I wrote several columns arguing that torture was never acceptable - not even "as a last and desperate option" in the war against jihadist terrorism, a war I strongly support. At a time when not only conservative hawks but even some notable liberals were making the case for using torture to thwart Al Qaeda, I contended that the cruel abuse of terrorist detainees was something we could never countenance - not just because torture is illegal, unreliable, and a threat to the innocent, but because it is one of those practices that a...
  • Finally, Harsh Realism from Israel

    04/05/2009 11:54:21 PM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 24 replies · 1,339+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 5, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    IF AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN'S first speech as Israel's new foreign minister did nothing else, it certainly vexed the media. The AP called it a "scathing critique of Mideast peace efforts" that had diplomats "cringing," while other reports said Lieberman had "dropped a political bombshell," "sparked an uproar," "repudiated a key accord," and "reinforced fears." The NY Times pronounced Lieberman's remarks "blunt and belligerent," describing the foreign minister as a "hawkish nationalist" ..."Israeli official hits peace efforts," "Lieberman dumps peace deal." But the headlines were wrong, as anyone can ascertain by reading Lieberman's short address. Far from disparaging peace, Israel's new foreign...
  • The coming nuclear renaissance

    03/29/2009 5:01:33 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 45 replies · 1,161+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/29/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    Thirty years ago this month, an accident at the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania inflamed public opposition to nuclear power. The mishap - a loss of coolant that caused the reactor core to overheat - caused no known deaths or diseases, and it exposed area residents to only a negligible amount of radiation. But it fueled an antinuclear frenzy that soon brought the expansion of the industry to a halt. Dozens of planned reactors were canceled. In the years since Three Mile Island, not a single nuclear plant has been ordered and built in the United States. Yet far...
  • Bush's 'folly' is ending in victory

    03/25/2009 1:26:28 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 13 replies · 1,063+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/25/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    'MARKETS without bombs. Hummers without guns. Ice cream after dark. Busy streets without fear." So began Terry McCarthy's report from Iraq for ABC's World News Sunday on March 15, one of a series the network aired last week as the war in Iraq reached its sixth anniversary. A nationwide poll of Iraqis reveals that "60 percent expect things to get better next year - almost three times as many as a year and a half ago," McCarthy continued. "Iraqis are slowly discovering they have a future. We flew south to Basra, where 94 percent say their lives are going well....
  • Things have been worse

    03/22/2009 4:58:24 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 29 replies · 1,354+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/22/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    'WHEN the stock market crashed," Joe Biden told Katie Couric in a CBS interview last fall, "Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.' " Katie didn't embarrass her guest by pointing out that there were no TV broadcasts when Wall Street crashed in 1929 and that the president at the time was Herbert Hoover - though she would surely have pounced had Sarah Palin committed such a howler. Last week the vice president brought up FDR again, asserting that President Obama "has inherited the most difficult...
  • The choice to have 8 babies

    02/11/2009 1:38:01 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 30 replies · 1,524+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/11/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE BACKLASH against Nadya Suleman, the 33-year-old single mother of six who gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 26, has been fierce. The reactions have ranged from reproach to ridicule to anger. On newspaper editorial pages, radio talk shows, and Internet comment boards, Suleman has been derided as a mental case or a mercenary or worse. There has been no outpouring of gifts from corporate America - nothing like the lifetime supply of Pampers that Procter & Gamble provided when the McCaughey septuplets were born in 1997, or the 15-passenger van Chevrolet donated to their parents. Indeed, one talk-show host...
  • Obama's charm offensive and the global jihad

    02/04/2009 2:21:02 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 17 replies · 1,074+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/4/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    EARLY IN HIS presidency, Jimmy Carter set about to alter US policy toward the Soviet Union. Six days after his inauguration he sent a letter to Soviet ruler Leonid Brezhnev, hailing the two countries' "common efforts towards formation of a more peaceful, just, and humane world" and saluting Brezhnev's supposed "aspiration for strengthening and preserving. . . peace." In a commencement address at Notre Dame, he declared that Americans had shed their "inordinate fear of communism." In the months that followed, Carter slashed the defense budget, scrapped the B-1 bomber, welcomed the Sandinista coup in Nicaragua, and launched diplomatic relations...
  • An overoptimistic stimulus plan (Dems caught cooking the books)

    01/28/2009 10:45:12 AM PST · by pabianice · 2 replies · 602+ views
    Boston Fishwrap ^ | 1/28/09 | Jacoby
    RONALD REAGAN loved to tell the story of the unfailingly cheerful little boy who wakes up on Christmas morning to find, instead of presents, an immense pile of manure. Undaunted, he grabs a shovel and starts digging. "With all this manure," he says excitedly, "there must be a pony in here someplace!" Is there a pony somewhere in the $825 billion "stimulus" plan that Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to bring to a vote this week? The Congressional Budget Office started digging into this immense pile of, uh, deficit spending, and what it found would discourage even a...
  • An overoptimistic stimulus plan

    01/28/2009 2:23:44 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 1/28/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    RONALD REAGAN loved to tell the story of the unfailingly cheerful little boy who wakes up on Christmas morning to find, instead of presents, an immense pile of manure. Undaunted, he grabs a shovel and starts digging. "With all this manure," he says excitedly, "there must be a pony in here someplace!" Is there a pony somewhere in the $825 billion "stimulus" plan that Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to bring to a vote this week? The Congressional Budget Office started digging into this immense pile of, uh, deficit spending, and what it found would discourage even a...
  • An overoptimistic stimulus plan

    01/28/2009 3:31:45 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 28, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    First of two columns RONALD REAGAN loved to tell the story of the unfailingly cheerful little boy who wakes up on Christmas morning to find, instead of presents, an immense pile of manure. Undaunted, he grabs a shovel and starts digging. "With all this manure," he says excitedly, "there must be a pony in here someplace!" Is there a pony somewhere in the $825 billion "stimulus" plan that Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to bring to a vote this week? The Congressional Budget Office started digging into this immense pile of, uh, deficit spending, and what it found...
  • Roe and Doe, 36 years on

    01/25/2009 3:46:48 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 13 replies · 725+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 1/25/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    A NEW antiabortion TV ad appeared last week, just in time for the inauguration of a president whose support for abortion rights is unqualified. The ad shows the ultrasound image of a fetus in the womb. As the camera slowly moves in, a message gradually appears onscreen: This child's future is a broken home. He will be abandoned by his father. His single mother will struggle to raise him. Despite the hardships he will endure. . . this child will become. . . the first African-American president. Then, alongside a picture of President Obama, comes the closing message: "Life: Imagine...
  • Yes, it's anti-Semitism

    01/07/2009 5:36:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 511+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 1-7-09 | Jeff Jacoby
    CRITICIZING Israel doesn't make you anti-Semitic: If it's been said once, it's been said a thousand times. Yet somehow that message doesn't seem to have reached the hundreds of anti-Israel demonstrators in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who turned out last week to protest Israel's military operation in Gaza. As their signs and chants made clear, it isn't only the Jewish state's policies they oppose. Their animus goes further. Demonstrators chanted "Nuke, nuke Israel!" and carried placards accusing Israel of "ethnic cleansing" and bearing such messages as: "Did Israel take notes during the Holocaust? Happy Hanukkah." To the dozen or so supporters...
  • Tustin High School athletic trainer arrested on sex charges

    12/26/2008 6:31:36 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies · 2,623+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 25, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
    An athletic trainer at Tustin High School has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in unlawful sex acts with a student at the school, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday. Hope Jacoby, 23, who has worked with athletes at the school for the last year, was arrested last week on suspicion of oral copulation of a minor and unlawful sex with a minor, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
  • Palin's political potential

    11/16/2008 1:26:52 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 66 replies · 2,006+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/16/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE 2008 presidential campaign may be over, but Sarah Palin's moment in the spotlight has yet to run its course. In a media marathon last week, the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee sat down for interviews with CNN's Larry King and Wolf Blitzer; had Matt Lauer of the "Today" show up to Wasilla for a family dinner; and told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren about getting the call from John McCain on her cellphone while she was admiring the local produce at the Alaska State Fair. She disdained the Republican "jerks" who spread anonymous rumors painting her as geographically illiterate,...

    11/09/2008 9:38:44 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 68 replies · 375+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 09, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    The storyline goes something like this: America’s one-time popularity in the world was squandered by George W. Bush, whose belligerence and unilateralism after Sept. 11, 2001 alienated allies and engendered widespread anti-Americanism. But now, with the election of Barack Obama, America can restore its good name and regain the world’s goodwill. One vigorous exponent of this narrative has been Obama himself. “The single most important issue that we're facing in this election,” he said during the campaign, is choosing a leader “to repair all the damage that's been done to American's reputation overseas.” On the day I become president, he...
  • The 'dictator' label

    10/29/2008 3:32:25 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 9 replies · 631+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/29/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    IT HAS BEEN a favorite trope of the Bush-bashers: The 43d president's power-lust is so insatiable, his disdain for constitutional checks and balances so complete, that he has fashioned himself into a dictator. Crackpots can always be counted on to say such things, of course, but even non-loonies have played fast and loose with the D-word. "In terms of the power he now claims without significant challenge," Michael Kinsley asserted in 2003, "George W. Bush is now the closest thing in a long time to dictator of the world." When it emerged that the National Security Agency was sifting telephone...
  • When Guilt by Association Is Fair Game

    10/18/2008 3:50:57 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 9 replies · 469+ views
    Insight ^ | Oct. 16, '08 | Jeff Jacoby
    [Jacoby begins by citing real examples of guilt by association with Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Justice Sam Alito] In none of these cases was there anything like the long relationship that Barack Obama had for so many years with Jeremiah Wright, the incendiary, America-damning pastor he described for years as his mentor, his sounding board, and his friend; nothing comparable to Obama's significant involvement with William Ayers, the domestic-terrorist-turned-extremist professor with whom Obama worked closely at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, channeling more than $100 million into radical education projects; nor anything akin to Obama's highly profitable relationship with Tony...
  • Frank's fingerprints are all over the financial fiasco

    09/28/2008 3:22:30 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 88 replies · 2,716+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/28/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    'THE PRIVATE SECTOR got us into this mess. The government has to get us out of it." That's Barney Frank's story, and he's sticking to it. As the Massachusetts Democrat has explained it in recent days, the current financial crisis is the spawn of the free market run amok, with the political class guilty only of failing to rein the capitalists in. The Wall Street meltdown was caused by "bad decisions that were made by people in the private sector," Frank said; the country is in dire straits today "thanks to a conservative philosophy that says the market knows best."...
  • Congrats, Dems, the smears and sneers are working — in Palin's favor

    09/18/2008 1:08:42 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 34 replies · 333+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Sept. 18, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN POLITICS, cheap shots and invective are occupational hazards. But when have we seen anything to match the frenzy of rage and contempt set off by the nomination of Sarah Palin? Virtually from the moment John McCain selected her, Palin has been under assault. There has been legitimate criticism, of course. But there has also been a gusher of slander, much of it — like the slur that she isn't the real mother of her infant son, Trig — despicable. For someone who has been in the national spotlight for only three weeks, Palin has been the victim of an...
  • Seeing through Obamanomics

    09/14/2008 5:07:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies · 148+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/14/2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    ALL THROUGH the spring and summer, opinion polls tracked a growing confidence that Barack Obama could handle the economy better than John McCain. Just before the Democratic convention in August, Gallup had Obama leading McCain on the economy, 54-38 - a 16-point margin. But now Obama's lead has nearly vanished. Gallup's latest numbers show the candidates nearly tied. Just 48 percent say Obama would be more adept at superintending the economy; 45 percent choose McCain. Looks like voters have started paying attention to Obama's economics. On Sept. 8, Fox News broadcast an interview between Obama and Bill O'Reilly that focused...
  • McCain's Maverick Pick

    08/31/2008 2:32:27 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 29 replies · 270+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/31/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    IF NOTHING else, John McCain's choice of Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate instantly changed the subject from Barack Obama's dramatic acceptance speech in Denver the night before. With one stroke, McCain defied convention, galvanized Republicans, and gave Hillary Clinton's legions another reason to consider crossing party lines in November: It is McCain, not Obama, who will be sharing a national ticket with a gutsy and accomplished woman. The Palin pick is a vivid illustration of why the label "maverick" is so often applied to McCain. Those who have observed the 44-year-old governor up close speak highly...
  • Back in the USSR

    08/16/2008 12:13:14 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 25 replies · 225+ views
    Insight ^ | Aug. 14, '08 | Jeff Jacoby
    Henry Kissinger used to say that while it can be dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, to be a friend is fatal. The people of South Vietnam learned that bitter lesson when the United States abandoned them in 1975. The Poles learned it after Yalta, the Hungarian freedom fighters learned it in 1956, and Cubans learned it at the Bay of Pigs. And tens of thousands of Iraqis learned it in 1991, when at the urging of George H.W. Bush they rose against Saddam Hussein, only to be slaughtered when American support never materialized. Now we can...
  • Back in the USSR

    08/16/2008 10:50:02 AM PDT · by flyfree · 5 replies · 124+ views
    bostonglobe ^ | Jeff Jacoby
    The current President Bush has been a vocal champion of the young democracy in the former Soviet republic. He lauded the Rose Revolution that swept Mikheil Saakashvili to power, backs Georgia's bid to join NATO, and traveled to Tbilisi in 2005 to give his "pledge to the Georgian people that you've got a solid friend in America." In return, the Georgians firmly aligned themselves with the United States, sending troops to fight alongside ours in Iraq and Afghanistan and even naming a main road in Tbilisi after Bush. At the White House in March, Saakashvili effusively thanked the president for...
  • Are we angry enough to fight back?(Massachusetts)

    07/20/2008 9:50:37 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 24 replies · 155+ views ^ | 7/20/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    Last week also brought the story of Albert Arroyo, a Boston firefighter who applied for disability retirement in March on the grounds that he was left "totally and permanently disabled" after tripping on a staircase in March. He went on injured leave and continued to collect his full salary, tax free. But Arroyo's "total and permanent disability," it appears, wasn't very disabling. In May he entered a men's bodybuilding competition, and finished eighth. When the fire commissioner learned of Arroyo's bodybuilding prowess, he shifted him from injured leave to regular sick leave. (On Friday, Arroyo was ordered to return to...
  • Are we angry enough to fight back?

    07/20/2008 3:21:37 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 26 replies · 179+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/20/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    "Friends, red-necks, suckers, and fellow hicks," he would say, . . . "That's what you are. And me - I'm one, too . . . Oh, I'm a sucker, for I fell for that sweet-talking fellow in the fine automobile . . . But I'm standing here on my own hind legs, for even a dog can learn to do that, give him time. I learned. It took me a time but I learned, and here I am on my own hind legs." And he would lean at them. And demand, "Are you, are you on your hind legs? Have...
  • The brilliance of the Electoral College

    07/16/2008 5:37:41 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 27 replies · 91+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 16, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    OVER THE LAST two centuries, constitutional amendments to abolish or alter the Electoral College have been proposed in Congress more than 700 times. None has ever come close to being adopted - an indication, perhaps, of the existing system's enduring value. The most recent such proposal, introduced by US Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, would eliminate the Electoral College in favor of direct popular election of the president. "If the principle of one-person-one-vote is to mean anything," Nelson declares, "the candidate who wins a majority of the votes should win the presidency."
  • Avoiding the M-word

    07/11/2008 2:37:29 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 17 replies · 113+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 11, 2007 | Jeff Jacoby
    IS RADICAL ISLAM connected to terrorism? Notable British voices spoke out on that subject after Britain's recent terrorist near-misses -- the two unexploded car bombs in London's West End and the fiery SUV rammed into the main terminal at Glasgow's international airport. Consider what four of those voices had to say: One declared that the word "Muslim" must not be used in connection with terrorism, and insisted that even the phrase "war on terror" should be scrapped. The second likewise cautioned against pointing a finger at Islam, contending that in London, "Muslims are . . . less likely to support...
  • A silver bullet for Obama?

    06/28/2008 10:17:19 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 21 replies · 249+ views ^ | June 29, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    WHEN IT comes to gun control, the Democratic Party is a house divided against itself. That helps explain Barack Obama's dizzyingly inconsistent positions on District of Columbia v. Heller, the landmark Second Amendment case decided by the Supreme Court last week. As a candidate for the Illinois Legislature in the 1990s, Obama had supported legislation to "ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns," so it wasn't surprising that he endorsed the gun ban being challenged in Heller while campaigning for president. In November, for example, his campaign told the Chicago Tribune that "Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is...