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  • The One Simple Premise at the Root of Every Obama Conspiracy

    09/13/2013 3:51:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 47 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | Sept 13, 2013 | By ELSPETH REEVE AND PHILIP BUMP
    President Obama's pitch for a military strike in Syria looked so politically clueless that he left supporters and foes alike scratching their heads: What was he thinking? For some, the answer was obvious. Because every conspiracy theory ever concocted about the President — from him being a secret Muslim agent sent from Kenya to take over the government to gay-sex-and-cocaine binges in the backseats of limousines — all make perfect sense if you simply accept the foundational supposition that Obama hates America. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Sunday, Norman Podhoretz argued that Syria showed the swift collapse of...
  • Obama's Successful Foreign Failure (Norman Podhoretz)

    09/09/2013 6:49:32 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | 9/9/2013 | Norman Podhoretz
    It is entirely understandable that Barack Obama's way of dealing with Syria in recent weeks should have elicited responses ranging from puzzlement to disgust. Even members of his own party are despairingly echoing in private the public denunciations of him as "incompetent," "bungling," "feckless," "amateurish" and "in over his head" coming from his political opponents on the right. For how else to characterize a president who declares war against what he calls a great evil demanding immediate extirpation and in the next breath announces that he will postpone taking action for at least 10 days—and then goes off to play...
  • In Defense of Sarah Palin

    03/28/2010 8:28:25 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 79 replies · 1,997+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday mArch 28, 2010 | NORMAN PODHORETZ
    Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do, that the derogatory things they say about Sarah Palin are uncannily similar to what many of their forebears once said about Ronald Reagan. It's hard to imagine now, but 31 years ago, when I first announced that I was supporting Reagan in his bid for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination, I was routinely asked by friends on the right how I could possibly associate myself with this "airhead," this B movie star, who was not only stupid but incompetent. They...
  • In Defense of Sarah Palin

    03/29/2010 7:32:47 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 78 replies · 1,124+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | March 29, 2010 | Norman Podhoretz
    In Defense of Sarah Palin She understands that the U.S. has been a force for good in the world—which is more than can be said of our president. NORMAN PODHORETZ Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do, that the derogatory things they say about Sarah Palin are uncannily similar to what many of their forebears once said about Ronald Reagan. It's hard to imagine now, but 31 years ago, when I first announced that I was supporting Reagan in his bid for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination,...
  • Iowahawk: Aw Shucks

    03/29/2010 9:30:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies · 638+ views
    Iowahawk | March 29, 2010 | David Burge
    Quick thank you to those who emailed about Norman Podhoretz's kind mention in today's Wall Street Journal. Oddly enough I met John Podhoretz for drinks last night in Chicago, and neither of us were aware of the piece until right before. Continued
  • Iowahawk: Norman Podhoretz: By Jove, I Like the Cut of This Hebrew's Jib

    01/12/2010 4:08:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies · 834+ views
    Iowahawk | January 12, 2010 | David Burge
    [Ed. note: In what easily ranks as the high point in my blogging career, and the low point of the entire neoconservative movement, I was somehow invited to attend the 80th Birthday Roast of Norman Podhoretz at the Park Plaza in New York last night where I got to rub elbows with, among others, Charles Krauthammer, William Bennett, Lucianne Goldberg, Paul Gigot, Mark Steyn, Henry Kissinger and the whole Podhoretz family. What follows is my small contribution to the roast, an edited version of which was wonderfully performed in character by the great Orson Bean. Many thanks to Commentary editor John Podhoretz for including me in...
  • How Obama's America Might Threaten Israel

    05/01/2009 7:31:20 AM PDT · by Jbny · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 1, 2009 | Norman Podhoretz
    Is there a threat to Israel from the United States under Barack Obama? The question itself seems perverse. For in spite of the hostility to Israel in certain American quarters, this country has more often than not been the beleaguered Jewish state’s only friend in the face of threats coming from others. Nor has the young Obama administration been any less fervent than its last two predecessors in declaring an undying commitment to the security and survival of Israel.
  • The value voters strike again, raising ethical issues (Thou shalt barf)

    11/18/2007 2:18:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 208+ views
    The Marin Independent Journal ^ | November 18, 2007 | Alan Miller
    ISN'T IT GREAT to know that the Republican candidates for president are all hopped up about moral values? In presentations to conservative voters in Florida at the "Value Voter Summit," major presidential hopefuls Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani each sought to outscore their opponents on those matters that so exercise the hearts and minds of the evangelicals. It's intriguing to see how these anxious social conservatives (and their candidates on that day) define values. Their big four issues are abortion, gay rights, religious liberalism and gun control. These "no, no, no, no" positions that stress the...
  • Could the next President be even scarier?Think the world will be safer with George Bush gone?(Barf)

    11/15/2007 10:17:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 213+ views
    Chowk Blog ^ | October 31, 2007 | Luiza Savage
    As part of her job at an influential national security think tank, Julianne Smith brings politicians and senior policy-makers from all over Europe to Washington for candid closed-door meetings with the policy advisers to the candidates vying to replace President George W. Bush. The Europeans usually arrive eager to discuss the coming era that some are dubbing "AB" — "After Bush." That is the highly anticipated period beginning on Jan. 20, 2009, in which a newly sworn-in American president, chastened by the troubles in Iraq and by the scorn of allies who say the Bush White House flouted international law,...
  • Rudy Of The Good Book (Why Moral Strength At Home Matters To Defeating Our Enemies Abroad Alert)

    10/31/2007 1:23:07 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 106+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2007 | David Klinghoffer
    The Giuliani candidacy has polarized politically conservative Christians and Jews — perhaps less over Rudy’s position on abortion than, more subtly, over a question of emphasis. Who’s right? The Jewish “neoconservatives,” who make up more than half of Giuliani’s star foreign-policy advisory team (Norman Podhoretz, Daniel Pipes, Michael Rubin, Martin Kramer, and David Frum)? Or Christians, like Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who would not rule out supporting a third party candidate if Giuliani gets the nomination? To adjudicate the dispute, I propose an appeal to the part of the Bible on whose authority Jews (like myself) and Christians...
  • Norman Podhoretz Interview [VIDEO]

    09/11/2007 7:21:56 AM PDT · by Contentions · 188+ views
    contentions ^ | 9.11.2007 | Norman Podhoretz
    Today, Norman Podhoretz’s World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism becomes available at bookstores everywhere. Drawing on Podhoretz’s seminal essays in COMMENTARY, World War IV addresses the most serious topic of our time—the battle against global Islamist terror—with its author’s customary force, wit, clarity, and courage. See below for our interview with Podhoretz about his book. http://www.commentarymagazine.com/contentions/index.php/peach/909
  • No Terrorism, Just War? (Mark Steyn Recalls 9/11 Six Years Hence Alert)

    09/09/2007 8:49:52 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 33 replies · 1,114+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 09/09/2007 | Mark Steyn
    Likewise, those 9/11 families should know that, if you want your child's death that morning to have meaning, what matters is not whether you hound Boeing into admitting liability but whether you insist that the movement that murdered your daughter is hunted down and the sustaining ideological virus that led thousands of others to dance up and down in the streets cheering her death is expunged from the earth. In his pugnacious new book, Norman Podhoretz calls for redesignating this conflict as World War IV. Certainly, it would have been easier politically to frame the Iraq campaign as being a...
  • What's in a Name? ... Mark Steyn

    09/07/2007 10:17:10 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies · 924+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | 7 September 2007 | Mark Steyn
    “You don’t roll out a new product in August,” said President Bush’s aide, Andrew Card, apropos Iraq in the summer of 2002. But in this seventh September of a no longer new war a somewhat battered product is in need of a rebranding. It was launched in the days after 9/11 as a “war on terror,” an artful evasion deemed necessary on the grounds that a war on any enemy beginning with “Islamist,” “Islamo-,” or “Islamic” might give the impression we had some, ah, issues with Islam itself and only complicate things further with various “friends” like Mubarak and the...
  • World War IV? [William F. Buckley reviews Norman Podhoretz' new book]

    09/06/2007 10:00:41 AM PDT · by Tolik · 26 replies · 1,289+ views
    NRO ^ | September 06, 2007 | William F. Buckley
    Some set the matter aside as being nothing more than verbal play for the benefit of word-men. What term properly designates what we are doing, and what we are enduring, in many parts of the world, the symbolic center of which is the Twin Towers site in Manhattan? Sometimes the words chosen can mean the justification of an additional measure of military power. Always they calibrate the public mood and the public perception of what is going on. I am informed that French pacifists, ensconced in the French Academy in 1939 and determined to understate Nazi military exercises (even...
  • Giuliani Packs Staff With Middle East 'Hawks'

    07/27/2007 12:26:21 PM PDT · by Saint Louis · 36 replies · 640+ views
    News Max ^ | 07/27/07 | Saint Louis
    Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is packing his campaign staff with Middle East Hawks – including one who urges a U.S. military strike on Iran. Giuliani recently announced he had assembled a "team of foreign policy advisers featuring several prominent neoconservatives, including one of the movement’s founders, Norman Podhoretz,” the Jewish publication Forward reported. Giuliani’s advisory panel also includes several figures with experience in Israeli affairs, Forward noted. His chief foreign policy adviser is Charles Hill, who once served as political counselor to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. On the panel as well is Martin Kramer, an expert on Islam...
  • GOP leaders aren't getting the message

    07/23/2007 10:09:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 1,939+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.12.07 | Paul Mulshine
    I got a press release the other day from Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani. He was announcing a photo opportunity. It seems a UFO will be landing soon to take him back to his home planet. Photographers are invited. Actually the press release didn't say that. What it really said is that Giuliani has appointed Norman Podhoretz as a foreign policy advisor. But the effect is the same. Only a visitor from another planet could think that the way to win the presidency of the United States is by taking foreign policy advice from the nuttiest man on Earth. That's...
  • Rudy Giuliani's New Foreign Policy Team

    07/11/2007 8:13:39 AM PDT · by Valin · 19 replies · 430+ views
    Tuesday, Rudy Giuliani announced the line-up of his foreign policy team, addressing a key area of concern of many voters going into November 2008, a brief analysis might lend some insight into Rudy's perspective regarding the challenges ahead and how he would plan to deal with them as President. Giuliani's campaign has been buffeted by worries that his less conservative views on social issues (abortion, gun control, gay rights) and his own marital history might cost him the support of the more conservative members of the Republican Party. While the early GOP primaries are occurring in delegate-rich states that are...
  • Is the Bush Doctrine Dead?

    08/14/2006 6:46:49 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 73 replies · 1,364+ views
    COMMENTARY ^ | SEPTEMBER | Norman Podhoretz
    In recent months, we have been bombarded with reports of the death of the Bush Doctrine. Of course, there have been many such reports since the doctrine was first promulgated at the start of what I persist in calling World War IV (the cold war being World War III). Almost all of them were written by the realists and liberal internationalists within the old foreign-policy establishment, and they all turned out to resemble the reports of Mark Twain’s death—which, he famously said, had been “greatly exaggerated.” Nothing daunted by this, the critics and enemies of Bush are now at it...
  • Bush, Sharon, My Daughter, and Me

    03/24/2005 7:00:27 AM PST · by mal · 5 replies · 481+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 2005 | Norman Podhoretz
    Jerusalem: Monday, January 31, 2005 “Who are you?” my daughter Ruthie Blum demands as she greets me in the lobby of the King David hotel, “and what have you done with my father?” I laugh appreciatively at this newest twist on her antic idea that I have been invaded by aliens—an idea that first began taking shape about fourteen months ago, during my last visit to Israel, where she has been living for about 27 years now. And thereby hangs a long and complicated tale.
  • In Re World War IV - A sequel from Norman Podhoretz.

    01/18/2005 1:10:57 PM PST · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 502+ views
    National Review ^ | January 18, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    George W. Bush is the center of attention this week, and properly so. On Monday, the networks each showcased an exclusive interview with the president done in the White House Library. Flicking from ABC to CBS to NBC it seemed possible to catch them all, and not surprising that all pondered similar questions. They bore on the tactical question of Iraq (How are we doing?) and the strategic implications of Iraq (Where else are we likely to do the same thing?). One questioner was pretty blunt: Since Iraq was not in fact deploying weapons of mass destruction, what reason do...
  • The War Against World War IV

    01/13/2005 7:40:48 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies · 1,080+ views
    Commentary ^ | Norman Podhoretz | Norman Podhoretz
    Commentary February 2005 The War Against World War IV Norman Podhoretz --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Second-Term Retreat? Will George W. Bush spend the next few years backing down from the ambitious strategy he outlined in the Bush Doctrine for fighting and winning World War IV? To be sure, Bush himself still calls it the "war on terrorism," and has shied away from giving the name World War IV to the great conflict into which we were plunged by 9/11. (World War III, in this accounting, was the cold war.) Yet he has never hesitated to compare the fight against radical Islamism, and...
  • The War Against World War IV: A Second-Term Retreat?

    01/12/2005 9:24:07 AM PST · by quidnunc · 33 replies · 2,041+ views
    Commentary ^ | February 2005 | Norman Podhoretz
    Will George W. Bush spend the next few years backing down from the ambitious strategy he outlined in the Bush Doctrine for fighting and winning World War IV? To be sure, Bush himself still calls it the "war on terrorism," and has shied away from giving the name World War IV to the great conflict into which we were plunged by 9/11. (World War III, in this accounting, was the cold war.) Yet he has never hesitated to compare the fight against radical Islamism, and the forces nurturing and arming it, with those earlier struggles against Nazism and Communism. Nor...
  • Bush and Kerry Better Clarify The World Tonight

    10/08/2004 5:23:32 AM PDT · by OESY · 8 replies · 487+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 8, 2004 | Daniel Henninger
    ...[T]he policy that Mr. Bush is now arguing before the voters... [is] his Sept. 20, 2001, address to Congress.... [T]his speech ... marked the emergence of the Bush Doctrine." ...Mr. Bush made clear that he believed the world had entered a phase unlike any before: "The United States can no longer solely rely on a reactive posture as we have in the past.... We cannot let our enemies strike first." It is not merely Iraq that John Kerry is running against as a "colossal mistake," but the whole sweep of global policy laid out in the Bush national security strategy...
  • Enter the Bush Doctrine

    09/02/2004 4:23:59 PM PDT · by Califelephant · 2 replies · 398+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/02/04 | Norman Podhoretz
    Enter the Bush Doctrine The four pillars of the president's strategy for winning World War IV. BY NORMAN PODHORETZ Thursday, September 2, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT In "The Sources of Soviet Conduct" (1947), the theoretical defense he constructed of the strategy President Truman adopted for fighting the war ahead, George F. Kennan (then the director of the State Department's policy planning staff, and writing under the pseudonym "X") described that strategy as "a long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies . . . by the adroit and vigilant application of counterforce at a series of constantly...
  • Book Review: The Norman Podhoretz Reader

    04/02/2004 2:09:03 PM PST · by blitzgig · 3 replies · 164+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/8/04 | Charles R. Kesler
    In the old days, traditionalists and libertarians supposedly divided the American Right between them. Then along came the neoconservatives. Not only did the neocons assert that something new could be conservative, but they implied that the new species was an advance over the old. For a movement that had never held Darwin in high esteem, American conservatism suddenly seemed poised to evolve. It was political art, not natural selection, however, that produced the vigorous hybrid of Reaganite conservatism. Rather than supplanting everyone else, the neocons contributed their distinctive, and manifold, virtues to the blend. And among the chief contributors was...