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  • Conservative Snobs Are Wrong About Palin ("I know Maggie Thatcher; the two have a lot in common")

    12/22/2008 7:38:44 PM PST · by Wegotsarah.com · 92 replies · 2,870+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-22-08 | John O'sullivan
    Being listed in fourth place for Time magazine's "Person of the Year," as Sarah Palin was for 2008, sounds a little like being awarded the Order of Purity (Fourth Class). But it testifies to something important. Though regularly pronounced sick, dying, dead, cremated and scattered at sea, Mrs. Palin is still amazingly around. She has survived more media assassination attempts than Fidel Castro has survived real ones (Cuban official figure: 638). In her case, one particular method of assassination is especially popular -- namely, the desperate assertion that, in addition to her other handicaps, she is "no Margaret Thatcher." Very...
  • The conservatism of the future

    01/20/2008 1:24:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 43+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | January 2008 | John O'Sullivan
    Conservatism around the world seems to be suffering from some sort of nervous breakdown. This takes different forms in different countries as we would expect from a political disposition that stresses the local, the practical, and the traditional. Still, the breakdown seems to be more acute in the English-speaking world than in continental Europe and elsewhere. It also exhibits certain common features. Let me begin with an acute example: “mainstream” conservative parties in all countries for the last thirty years have shunned nationalist voters and the causes that arouse them from immigration to anti-supra-nationalism. This has resulted in the rise...
  • Barack and Huckabee ride on wish for change

    01/07/2008 4:43:36 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 82+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | January 7, 2008 | John O'Sullivan
    "Change" is the most protean of political slogans. Everyone claims to favour it - everyone, including all of America's presidential contenders - but it is really a string of empty boxes that the winners get to open and fill. New Hampshire stampede sets Obama up for second victory Iowa's caucus results began to fill the first two boxes with the new themes of post-Bush politics. In the first upset, Barack Obama overtook Hillary Clinton as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination with a decisive 38-29 per cent victory. He immediately interpreted "change" to mean that America had finally embraced...
  • Social acid has burnt the heart of Britain

    08/26/2007 4:06:39 PM PDT · by Panzerlied · 42 replies · 1,350+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 26/08/2007 | John O'Sullivan
    Fifty years ago I was a schoolboy in a Liverpool suburb and a strong supporter of Everton like Rhys Jones. My parents were cautious and loving, but they had no qualms about letting me follow the team around the country. That a boy might be killed by a drive-by shooter as he was returning from his local soccer practice would have struck them as an episode in a Latin American coup rather than a possibility in their relatively tranquil lives. Not unreasonably. In 1955, the anthropologist Geoffrey Gorer described this tranquillity in his book Exploring English Character: "When we think...
  • The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister

    02/11/2007 7:07:50 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 388+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 01.08.07 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview's guest today is John O'Sullivan, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former editor-in-chief of National Review, Policy Review, and the National Interest. He was a special advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Downing Street from 1986 to1988 and he has held senior editorial positions at the London Times, the London Daily Telegraph, the National Post of Canada, the New York Post, and Irish Television and Radio. He has just published The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister.FP: John O'Sullivan, welcome to Frontpage Interview. O'Sullivan: Thanks for inviting me. I read you, so naturally...
  • Rounding Up the Usual Suspects

    04/28/2006 11:24:00 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 1 replies · 298+ views
    NRO ^ | 28 Apr 06 | John O'Sullivan
    Porous borders are partly a result, not just the cause, of failed immigration policy. It happened Wednesday of last week and it was nicely timed. One week later the U.S. Senate was scheduled to reconvene and to discuss an immigration bill. The bill proposes to amnesty most of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. and to admit millions more legally as guest workers. It is a controversial measure, strongly promoted by the White House and both party leaderships in the Senate but firmly opposed by most Republican congressmen, an overwhelming majority of Republican voters, and a large majority...
  • The Next Last War [This one promises to be different.]

    08/22/2006 6:48:17 PM PDT · by conservativecorner · 19 replies · 718+ views
    NRO ^ | Aug. 22, 2006 | John O'Sullivan
    Generals, goes the cliché, are always fighting the last war. It is probably truer today that reporters are always reporting the last war. A Middle East war, in particular, has a familiar narrative: Israel is attacked by its Arab neighbors. It wins easily (sometimes after initial setbacks). It does so by overwhelming its weaker enemy with “disproportionate” firepower. And it then dominates the region for a decade. This recent war was very different. Some of the differences were so acute that even the BBC noticed. But the tone of much coverage was still that of Israel as Goliath versus Hezbollah...
  • Defeat This Monstrosity

    06/04/2006 4:04:57 AM PDT · by NYS_Eric · 22 replies · 900+ views
    National Review ^ | 6/3/2006 | John O'Sullivan
    Defeat This MonstrosityWhat Hill conservatives can do on immigration JOHN O’SULLIVAN Now that the U.S. Senate has made a strong argument for unicameral government by passing the “comprehensive” immigration monstrosity, attention turns to the House. It has already passed a sensible “enforcement only” bill. It should stand firm on that legislation, at most making it an “enforcement first” bill by promising to consider some of the Senate’s reasonable proposals in the next Congress, if any can be found. But the Bush-Democrat coalition has an almost mystical attachment to the Senate’s guest-worker and amnesty provisions. It will be faithful unto death...
  • The Bishops' Borders -

    04/08/2006 12:45:47 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 6 replies · 853+ views
    National Review ^ | April 8, 2006 | John O'Sullivan
    The Bishops’ Borders - A question of principles and practicalities JOHN O’SULLIVAN Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles recently proposed that Catholics begin the Lenten season by fasting and praying to defeat a bill just passed by the House of Representatives to tighten up the enforcement of immigration control and border security. It sounded like a new sort of progressive penance for recalcitrant pre-Vatican II Catholics — but the cardinal was apparently in earnest. He warned his archdiocese that “hysterical” anti-immigrant sentiment was sweeping the nation, argued that the House bill was tantamount to “punishing people who help immigrants,” suggested...
  • Patriots for Themselves (Belgium, the Maine of Europe)

    02/07/2006 4:20:22 PM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies · 358+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1/6/2006 | John O'Sullivan
    Patriots for Themselves By John O'Sullivan Published 1/6/2006 12:04:44 AM A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianization of Europe by Paul Belien (Imprint Academic, 384 pages, $49) IN THE LAST FEW YEARS Belgian politicians have passed a law empowering them to arrest anyone for crimes committed anywhere, threatened to put Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, under its provisions, generously amended the legislation slightly when Donald Rumsfeld said that NATO would have to move from Brussels if it remained on the books, and in general thrown about the weight of a much larger nation. Exactly how did the...
  • Dems off to bad start at Alito hearings

    01/10/2006 7:28:00 AM PST · by sr4402 · 19 replies · 1,741+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | John O'Sullivan
    Several Democrats Monday, including the reliable Sen. Edward Kennedy, seemed on the verge of making an even worse tactical error. They suggested that Alito's respect for executive branch prerogatives would make him too ready to approve wiretapping and other surveillance of terrorists. That shows a deep misreading of U.S. opinion. Not only do most polls show that a small plurality of Americans favors wiretapping as a tool against terrorism, but even those against do not consider it a wildly extreme position. When the Democrats campaign against Alito on those grounds, they reinforce the public view of themselves as weak on...
  • Murtha's got it wrong: We're winning in Iraq

    12/27/2005 5:10:43 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies · 945+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | 12/27/2005 | John O'Sullivan
    Murtha's got it wrong: We're winning in Iraq December 27, 2005 BY JOHN O'SULLIVAN Five weeks ago a wave of hysteria swept through Washington. Suddenly the Washington establishment became convinced that the war in Iraq was lost. This conviction was sparked off by the speech of Rep. John Murtha, a crusty former Marine usually described as a conservative Democrat, who declared that U.S. policy in Iraq was "a flawed policy wrapped in an illusion" and called for "immediate redeployment" of U.S. troops. The speech was like a match on a bonfire. Murtha was the lead story in newspapers and on...
  • Chilling chapter from the past

    12/04/2005 4:34:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 881+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    A top secret map for a 1979 Warsaw Pact war game -- titled "Seven Days to the River Rhine" -- was released at a press conference that marked the opening of the Poland's heretofore secret communist-era military intelligence files. It was chilling. The map showed large red mushroom clouds along a line from the Danish border through Germany and Belgium to the French border. They blotted out such cities as Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Antwerp and Brussels. Massive SS-20 missiles were being planted in Eastern Europe and aimed at Western cities. (The red mushroom clouds show their destinations.) "Peace rallies" throughout...
  • Europe must face ugly truths of communist past

    11/29/2005 9:30:22 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 674+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 29 2005 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    Last Friday in Warsaw the world saw for the first time exactly how the Soviet Union intended to fight a nuclear war in Europe. A top secret map for a 1979 Warsaw Pact war game — entitled “Seven Days to the River Rhine” — was published at a press conference that marked the opening up of the Poland's hitherto secret military intelligence files from the communist era. It was a chilling experience. The map showed large red mushroom clouds along a line going from the Danish border down through Germany and Belgium to the French border. They blotted out such...
  • JOHN O'SULLIVAN: Our failings encourage Islamic radicalism

    10/11/2005 9:00:36 AM PDT · by Tolik · 19 replies · 1,240+ views
    Chicago Sun-TImes ^ | October 11, 2005 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright and anti-communist dissident who went directly from jail to the leadership of his country in the 1989 Velvet Revolution, has kept himself busy since retiring from the presidency. For several years he has been the host of an annual conference, Forum 2000, which brings together a diverse set of public figures to debate international issues. Because Havel is one of that endangered species, the pro-American European, he invites a genuinely diverse group of debaters. Because of his vast prestige his invitations are very rarely refused. Hence the former director of the...
  • U.S. can't snooze on U.N. power grab

    08/23/2005 9:22:32 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 33 replies · 1,032+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 20, 2005 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    In less than a month's time -- Sept. 16 and 17 -- the world's great and good will be gathering at the United Nations in Manhattan for what is officially called the High Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. This meeting, attended by the heads of government of most countries, including the major powers, has become a regular event in recent years, but one of ceremonial importance rather than of substance. This year it will be very significant indeed. For the plenary session will almost certainly pass an obscure document, now circulating in draft form among U.N. delegations,...
  • Speech Could Decide Course of U.S. – and the World

    06/28/2005 10:52:57 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 23 replies · 954+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 28, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    President Bush's broadcast tonight on the Iraq war will almost certainly prove to be a major turning point in his presidency. Either it will be the first of a line of broadcasts that track a gradual collapse in the will of the American people to win the war. Or it will be the broadcast that persuades the American people to fight the war to a finish in the realistic spirit that no war can be won without casualties and setbacks. In embarking on this persuasion, the president cannot afford false optimism. If people are persuaded by a well-argued case that...
  • 'No One's Liberty Is Expendable': Bush remembers WWII in his distinctive way

    05/23/2005 6:02:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 338+ views
    National Review ^ | May 23, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    London; Prague; Budapest – Central and Eastern Europe is a good vantage point from which to judge President Bush's recent visit to Moscow for the anniversary of VE Day — and the resulting debate over Yalta and the value of his democracy project. After all, Prague and Warsaw were the flashpoints that prepared and ignited World War II. Britain and France declared war on Germany in September 1939 because the German army had crossed the Polish borders the Allies had guaranteed six months earlier (in response to Hitler's seizure of the rump of Czechoslovakia). Poland was one of the four...
  • IRISH STANDDOWN

    05/22/2005 7:39:32 AM PDT · by aculeus · 8 replies · 362+ views
    The New York Post ^ | May 22, 2005 | By JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    May 22, 2005 -- SOME years after the 1974 collapse of the Sunning dale Agreement — Northern Ireland's first experiment in cross- community, unionist-nationalist power-sharing — Willie Whitelaw, the Tory minister who had negotiated the deal, was reminiscing about it with T.E. Utley, the conservative author of "Lessons of Ulster," still one of the most perceptive books on the "troubles." Utley pointed out that this first power-sharing arrangement would probably have survived if it had not been accompanied by an All-Ireland Council that alienated almost all unionists. That had not only inspired a working-class Prod rebellion that killed Sunningdale but...
  • Vladimir Putin's sinister nostalgia

    05/11/2005 11:00:54 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 443+ views
    National Post ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    Vladimir Putin's sinister nostalgia John O'Sullivan National Post Wednesday, May 11, 2005 PRAGUE - Statesmen from all the over the world gathered in Moscow this week to mark the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in what Russians call the Great Patriotic War. Two heads of state were noticeably absent, however, namely the presidents of Lithuania and Latvia. They declined invitations to attend because Vladimir Putin, Russia's President, refuses to apologize for the Soviet occupation and ethnic cleansing of their countries after 1945. Russia officially regards that as a liberation. It is greatly to the credit of U.S....
  • State of the Cousins: What the British elections mean for the U.S. (Is Mother Britain going wobbly?)

    05/08/2005 5:40:39 AM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 80 replies · 1,483+ views
    Nationl Review ^ | May 06, 2005, 7:10 p.m. | John O'Sullivan
    Americans are accustomed to thinking of Britain as their most reliable ally, always there in a crisis. Broadly speaking that has been true since 1941 — and mutual. With the exception of a few wobbles like Suez and Edward Heath's refusal of landing rights to U.S. planes supplying arms to Israel in the Yom Kippur war, the Brits have shared a common approach with the U.S. on defense policy, intelligence cooperation, nuclear weapons, trade liberalization, and much else. Margaret Thatcher's backing for Reagan's Libyan raid and Tony Blair's commitment of British forces to the Iraq war strengthened this habitual cooperation....
  • John O'Sullivan: A Tale of Two Britains - Official myths, Market realities.

    04/15/2005 8:06:57 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 352+ views
    National Journal ^ | April 15, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    My first opinion piece for the Evening Standard appeared this morning. It's an attempt to give an overview of the election campaign — and the broad political environment that is shaping it. Once again, with the permission of the Evening Standard's editor, to whom I am grateful, I reprint it below. It has one or two minor amendments, explaining things to a non-British audience, but it is otherwise unchanged except for copyediting:“Henry Kissinger was once asked why academic disputes were so bitter and famously replied: ‘Because the rewards are so small.’ The narcissism of small differences in this election campaign...
  • Un-answered questions about Shiavo

    03/23/2005 12:28:08 PM PST · by pulaskibush · 17 replies · 1,231+ views
    03/23/05 | me
    Congress tried to use supeona power in an effort to save Terri Shiavo's live. They may have supeoned the wrong Shiavo. Michael Shiavo has been given a pass by the legally blind Judge Greer and the main-stream media outlets. If the Supreme Court does not make the effort to answer the many questions pertaining to this case as the previous courts have done, then congress and the President must step in just as they had to during the Slavery issue. I believe Congress must demand that Michael Shiavo be forced to answer at least these questions before he be given...
  • Those in a rush to kill Schiavo ignoring facts of case

    03/23/2005 8:28:57 AM PST · by Zivasmate · 166 replies · 2,830+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Mar. 23, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    Those in a rush to kill Schiavo ignoring facts of case March 23, 2005 BY JOHN O'SULLIVAN In November 1940, just one month before his assignment was due to end and 13 months before Hitler declared war on the United States, William L. Shirer, an American correspondent in Berlin, began to uncover disquieting evidence of one aspect of the Nazi government's then-unknown crimes against humanity. Oddly worded death notices began to appear in German provincial newspapers. Shirer already suspected that the Nazis were contemplating a policy of the euthanasia of the mentally ill and incapacitated. He looked into the matter...
  • John O'Sullivan: Principle and Interest (A new public diplomacy for Bush’s second term)

    01/20/2005 10:00:07 AM PST · by NutCrackerBoy · 9 replies · 261+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 20, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    In her two days of confirmation hearings before the Senate, secretary-designate Condoleezza Rice struck all the right notes — or at least all the expected ones. Though unyielding in her defense of Iraq policy and firm in asserting America's right to defend its vital interests in the absence of U.N. approval, she was friendly towards multilateralism, happy to cooperate with international bodies, and positively eager to mend fences with "Europe." "Europe," the U.N., and the U.S. foreign-policy establishment had been hoping for just such a balance. They were resigned to the likelihood of a tough stance on Iraq and the...
  • The Democrats' Fantasy Island – Where they will be if they lose

    10/27/2004 7:50:36 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 23 replies · 1,032+ views
    National Review ^ | November 8, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    With the race tightening in the final stretch, Democrats have begun to believe — for the first time since the Boston convention — that Kerry really will win. Their spirits are rising, their "get out the illegals" drives in full swing, their lawyers primed and ready. But what if they lose again after all? Few Democrats have been prepared to discuss this awful prospect in public. That is partly for reasons of decorum and partly because Kerry may well win — and where would the pessimistic strategist be then? But there are occasional brave cases of men who will put...
  • Modern evil demands medieval response

    09/29/2004 11:15:02 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 572+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 28 September 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    My back was turned when, to my surprise, I heard my mother's voice on the evening news. I promptly assumed I must have been mistaken: Why would the evening news interview a 92-year-old retired lady from a Liverpool suburb? Of course, my assumption was correct: The network was interviewing an 86-year-old retired lady from a Liverpool suburb -- the widowed mother of Ken Bigley, the British hostage in Iraq. She was pleading for her son's life. Ken Bigley is one of more than 100 foreigners who have been taken hostage in Iraq since April. They include Turks, Canadians, Egyptians, Brits...
  • Why those swift boaters want Kerry to sink

    08/24/2004 4:55:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies · 1,464+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | 08/24/2004 | John O'Sullivan
    Why those swift boaters want Kerry to sink August 24, 2004 BY JOHN O'SULLIVAN Vladimir Bukovsky, the great anti-Soviet dissident, once reproved me for quoting the old joke about the two main official Soviet newspapers: ''There's no truth in Pravda [Truth] and no news in Izvestia [News].'' He pointed out that you could learn a great deal of truthful news from both papers if you read them with proper care. They often denounced ''anti-Soviet lies.'' These lies had never been reported by them. Nor were they lies. And their exposure was the first that readers had been told of them....
  • Radical Islamism: 'bastard child' of Marxism

    10/10/2001 7:07:30 AM PDT · by veronica · 54 replies · 1,320+ views
    National Post ^ | 10/10/01 | John O'Sullivan
    Radical Islamism: 'bastard child' of Marxism John O'Sullivan National Post In his stirring speech to the British on Sunday justifying the Anglo-American bombing of Kabul and Kandahar, Prime Minister Tony Blair warned against any tendency to blame all Muslims for the terrorist acts of Osama bin Laden and the Taleban. "This is not a war with Islam," he declared. "It angers me, as it angers the vast majority of Muslims, to hear bin Laden and his associates described as Islamic terrorists. They are terrorists pure and simple. Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion, and the acts of these ...
  • A continent divided: Half of Europe is leaning to Kerry. But it's the wrong half

    08/21/2004 1:59:14 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 833+ views
    National Post ^ | 8/21/04 | John O'Sullivan
    Saturday, August 21, 2004 If the presidential election still looks open in America itself -- the polls show the two candidates continually overtaking each other -- Senator John Kerry is agreed to be the firm favourite in Europe. The Senator himself claims that European leaders quietly wish him luck, and according to the polls, European voters have a deep distaste for George W. Bush, too.But this European backing may not be altogether helpful to Kerry. When Adlai Stevenson was asked to explain his landslide defeat by Ike, he quipped: "I was running in the wrong continent."To judge from how...
  • Truth bound to come out on Kerry's military duty

    08/10/2004 4:40:23 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 71 replies · 3,353+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 08/10/04 | John O'Sullivan
    Truth bound to come out on Kerry's military duty August 10, 2004 BY JOHN O'SULLIVAN When Sen. John Kerry saluted and announced that he was "reporting for duty" at last month's Democratic Convention, he made his military record a legitimate subject of political attack and journalistic investigation. That moment was the culmination of the powerful "Vietnam theme" that has distinguished the Kerry presidential campaign from almost all recent Democratic campaigns. He had turned around a failing primary season in Iowa with the filmed testimony of the sailor whose life he saved when he pulled him back into the swift boat...
  • They're Fighting Over U.S. in Australia

    08/04/2004 1:10:21 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 985+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 4, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    Sydney, Australia – Among the formal and organizational wreaths at the war memorial dedicated to the Royal Australian Regiment in the center of Sydney last Sunday were two laid by an RAR corporal in memory of two friends killed in action. They died 51 years ago in Korea fighting alongside Americans, Brits and others in the U.N. force. Aussies were among the first soldiers to join the United States in Afghanistan. They are stationed today in Iraq. Few of us honor the injunction "Lest We Forget" as faithfully as the RAR corporal. But Americans should at least be aware that...
  • Iraq intelligence probes prove Bush, Blair weren't fibbing

    07/20/2004 4:58:16 PM PDT · by renotse · 1 replies · 397+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 20, 2004 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    When President Bush and Prime Minister Blair agreed to official investigations into the intelligence failures in the runup to the war, they did so reluctantly. They had to assume that there just might be something in the files that, once exposed, would damage them. In fact, the two reports -- the Senate Intelligence Committee Report in the United States and the Butler Report in Britain -- have rescued both leaders. What tipped observers off to the fact that the Senate report would help Bush was that Democrats on the committee began undermining their own report as soon as it was...
  • Iraq intelligence Probes Prove Bush, Blair Weren't Fibbing

    07/20/2004 10:03:47 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 1,020+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 20, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    When President Bush and Prime Minister Blair agreed to official investigations into the intelligence failures in the runup to the war, they did so reluctantly. They had to assume that there just might be something in the files that, once exposed, would damage them. In fact, the two reports — the Senate Intelligence Committee Report in the United States and the Butler Report in Britain — have rescued both leaders. What tipped observers off to the fact that the Senate report would help Bush was that Democrats on the committee began undermining their own report as soon as it was...
  • Clinton's Magic Act: He Won't Disappear

    07/06/2004 9:52:28 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 678+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 6, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    Bill Clinton's re-appearance on the national stage in the last few weeks to publicize his memoirs reminds one of that old Victorian ad for retiring actors in the lost days of vaudeville: "In his positively final appearance." It never was the old performer's final appearance, of course. However rouged and corseted, even if he occasionally forgot his lines, he simply could not stay away from the lure of the greasepaint. The audience knew that he would be back for many more final appearances until he eventually departed for a command performance in another place. Clinton has that similar quality of...
  • John O'Sullivan : Serb Election Should Pave Way for Return of the King

    06/22/2004 2:02:00 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 28 replies · 323+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 22, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    Belgrade, Serbia – Belgrade is a city where contrasts meet — East and West, Hapsburg and Ottoman, Turkish coffee and espresso. If Serbs are renowned in Europe as fiercely nationalistic, that is because they had to fight so many occupiers over so long a period for their independence. They won those battles — the last of which was the Second World War in which Serbs were on the side of the allies against the Germans, though Serb communist Partisans and Serb monarchist Chetniks fought against each other at least as fiercely in order to control postwar Yugoslavia. The communists won...
  • Apathetic Voters Send Message to Europe Elites

    06/15/2004 1:12:54 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 103+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 15, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    Rome – Sunday was Election Day across Europe. Twenty-six nations in the European Union held joint elections for its European Assembly. This is reckoned to be the largest transnational election in history. Yet if the behavior of Romans was any guide, the voters managed to keep their enthusiasm under firm control. A few tattered election posters decorated spare walls. There was apparently a similar lack of reaction in other EU member-states. Turnout was less than 45 percent across the continent, and less than 30 percent in the ''New Europe'' beyond the now dismantled Iron Curtain. Nor did those who troubled...
  • Nick & Nader. Some serious political advice.

    05/25/2004 10:35:54 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 4 replies · 85+ views
    NRO ^ | May 25, 2004, 12:19 p.m. | John O' Sullivan
    From: Nick Machiavelli, Senior Partner, Machiavelli, O'Blarney, Iago, Alcibiades & Morris, Political Consultants, Chicago, Ill. To: Ralph Nader, Nader for President Campaign, c/o the Friends of Ralph Nader, Public Interest Research Group National Headquarters, Apartment 13B, Lincoln Steffens Hall of Residence, Harold Stassen Way, Little Kidding, Md., Near Washington D.C. (Donations over Internet, please, to www.naderornadir.com.) Dear Ralph, I am not in the least surprised that you are feeling (as you put it) "confused and disoriented." Anyone in your position would feel exactly the same. John Kerry is a charming guy in private, and the offer must have been a...
  • Media off the mark with Rumsfeld potshots

    05/19/2004 10:56:21 AM PDT · by Piefloater · 4 replies · 97+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 18, 2004 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    In World War II a passerby, lost in London's Whitehall, stopped a military officer and asked him which side the Defense Department was on. The officer thought for a moment and then said: ''Well, it's hard to be sure, but our side, I hope.'' In the last week the coverage of Iraq by the U.S. media has exhibited at least four separate failings: 1. Inferentialism. Several media reports of the Abu Ghraib scandal have been, in effect, prosecuting briefs for the theory that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld either knew about or authorized the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Since the evidence...
  • The Left Eye's View

    05/19/2004 9:42:53 AM PDT · by Peach · 8 replies · 455+ views
    National Review ^ | May 18, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    May 18, 2004, 2:27 p.m. Left Eye’s View Seeing through the Abu Ghraib coverage. In World War II, a passer-by, lost in London's main official thoroughfare of Whitehall, stopped a military officer and asked him which side the Defense Department was on. The officer thought for a moment and then said: "Well, it's hard to be sure, but our side, I hope." In the last week the coverage of Iraq by the U.S. media has exhibited at least four separate failings: 1. Selective Agonizing. Ever since the Abu Ghraib photographs emerged, the media has shown them on every possible occasion,...
  • John O'Sullivan: Left Eye's View – Seeing through the Abu Ghraib coverage.

    05/18/2004 1:26:10 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 176+ views
    National Review ^ | May 18, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    In World War II, a passer-by, lost in London's main official thoroughfare of Whitehall, stopped a military officer and asked him which side the Defense Department was on. The officer thought for a moment and then said: "Well, it's hard to be sure, but our side, I hope." In the last week the coverage of Iraq by the U.S. media has exhibited at least four separate failings: 1. Selective Agonizing. Ever since the Abu Ghraib photographs emerged, the media has shown them on every possible occasion, accompanied by reports and editorials on America's shame and the world's revulsion. That is...
  • Left-wing Bush criticisms fly in the face of reality

    04/20/2004 4:00:56 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 181+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 20 2004 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    When the duke of Wellington was asked for advice by a subordinate on how to handle a problem in which he was embroiled, the old soldier replied laconically: ''Sir, you have got into a pretty pickle, and must extricate yourself as best you can. Yours, etc.'' Most of the world -- not excluding both coasts of the United States -- seem to be taking the same not-very-helpful attitude to President Bush and the Iraqi crisis. It is universally acknowledged that the president alone wantonly plunged us into a needless war, lied about the basis for doing so, has united Iraq...
  • Factoring fear into strategy

    04/11/2004 7:17:02 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 4 replies · 157+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    <p>When the late shah of Iran was asked why he did not imitate the Swedish monarchy, he responded: "I will act like the King of Sweden when my subjects behave like Swedes."</p> <p>In the end, the shah was persuaded by President Jimmy Carter to act like the king of Sweden -- whereupon he ceased to be a king of any kind.</p>
  • Pilate is by far the greater villian

    04/04/2004 5:44:49 AM PDT · by Northern Yankee · 63 replies · 223+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    When Senator Howard Baker was a candidate in the 1980 Presidential election, he ran across strong criticism of his support for Jimmy Carter's return of the Panama Canal to Panama from a Republican woman in Vermont. "Well, madam," replied the senator with sweet reasonableness, "I must have cast thousands of votes during my time in the Senate. You probably agree with almost all of them. Why focus on the one issue where we disagree?" "pontius Pilate probably made lots of good decisions too," responded the lady. "But we only remember one." She had grasped an important point that seems to...
  • What Would FDR Do? Bush’s mistake was to indulge his enemies’ finger-pointing fun

    04/02/2004 9:37:23 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 16 replies · 150+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 4/2/2004 | John O'Sullivan
    What were the 9/11h hearings supposed to accomplish? Their formal purpose was to establish how al Qaeda's terrorist attacks happened, to establish why the U.S. government failed to prevent them, and to suggest how our intelligence, police, and military services should prevent such attacks in future. But these questions — though they were discussed in the hearings — were not really the focus of media coverage and popular attention unless they happened to have a bearing on either partisan politics or cultural fashion. For instance, there was relatively little interest in al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden — and, not...
  • The Trouble With Clarke's Sales Pitch (An excellent column by John O'Sullivan!)

    03/30/2004 10:31:14 AM PST · by quidnunc · 21 replies · 152+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 30, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    What are the Sept. 11 hearings supposed to accomplish? Their formal purpose is to establish how al-Qaida's terrorist attacks happened, to establish why the U.S. government failed to prevent them, and to suggest how our intelligence, police and military services should prevent such attacks in the future. But these questions — though they are discussed in the hearings — are not really the focus of media coverage and popular attention unless they happen to have a bearing on either partisan politics or cultural fashion. There has been relatively little interest in al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden — and, not coincidentally,...
  • The Fourth Mystery

    07/09/2002 10:48:31 AM PDT · by Kermit · 5 replies · 405+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 9, 2002 11:55 a.m. | John O'Sullivan
    Author ArchiveSend to a Friend Print Version July 9, 2002 11:55 a.m.The Fourth MysteryWas the LAX murderer a terrorist? he case of Hesham Mohamed Hadayat, my dear Watson, is one of those detective stories whose solution is obvious to any newspaper reader but which baffles the authorities by its mysterious complexity. Let us simply list the clues:1. He attacked the El Al line at Los Angeles airport and killed two Jews. There are at least 20 airlines using LAX. So if this was a random attack — an enraged response, say, to bad airline food over the years —...
  • European Blair

    02/24/2004 3:37:02 PM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 3 replies · 89+ views
    nationalreview ^ | John O'Sullivan
    February 24, 2004, 12:25 p.m.European BlairThe bad news from Berlin. On the day of the European "Big Three" Summit in Berlin last week, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was preening himself on a diplomatic triumph. He had finally put Britain "at the heart of Europe." In future the European Union would be run not by a Franco-German alliance but by a Franco-German-British triumvirate. And since Mr. Blair is America's closest European friend, this must be good news for the U.S. Right? Not right at all, alas. Or, as the Duke of Wellington remarked on being addressed as Mr. Smith:...
  • European Blair: The bad news from Berlin

    02/24/2004 2:36:09 PM PST · by NZerFromHK · 18 replies · 140+ views
    Chicago Sun Times via National Review ^ | February 24, 2004 | John O'Sillivan
    On the day of the European "Big Three" Summit in Berlin last week, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was preening himself on a diplomatic triumph. He had finally put Britain "at the heart of Europe." In future the European Union would be run not by a Franco-German alliance but by a Franco-German-British triumvirate. And since Mr. Blair is America's closest European friend, this must be good news for the U.S. Right? Not right at all, alas. Or, as the Duke of Wellington remarked on being addressed as Mr. Smith: "If you believe that, Sir, you will believe anything." Even on...
  • Blind Alley of Nihilism: How we got to a slap on the wrist for a cannibal.

    02/06/2004 5:54:27 PM PST · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 264+ views
    National Review ^ | February 6, 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    “German Cannibal Convicted of Manslaughter" was a shocking headline. For starters it contained a redundancy. What is ultimately the most shocking aspect of a shocking case, however, is that Armin Meiwes was sentenced to a mere 81/2 years for the lesser crime of manslaughter when he had killed Bernd Brandes, a 48-year-old computer engineer, and eaten him sautéed with garlic, black pepper, potatoes, sprouts ,and a bottle of South African red wine. Even the most liberal people think or — as Edmund Burke would improve it, "inwardly feel" — that cannibalism ought to rate both a verdict of murder and...