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  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: "The world is exploding all over." The remark came in response to a question about the Obama administration's realignment of the military towards the Asia-Pacific theater:
  • (Time Mag's) Joe Klein Caught Making Things Up

    12/18/2009 12:10:15 PM PST · by pissant · 20 replies · 920+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/17/09 | Michael Goldfarb
    And of course, stories that Joe Klein makes up get recycled in Palestinian propaganda. Ben Smith reports: U.S. and Israeli officials are dismissing an eyebrow-raising claim from a prominent Palestinian activist and official, Mustafa Barghouti, in today's International Herald Tribune. "The Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stands up and walks out on the U.S. envoy, George Mitchell, every time the American envoy mentions East Jerusalem," Barghouti wrote in an op-ed deploring "U.S. and European inaction" in the face of Israeli intransigence. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, through a spokesman, dismissed the claim as "nonsense." "I have never heard such a thing,"...
  • As Goes North Carolina, So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate

    04/19/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 72 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2014 | Fred Barnes
    To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. It’s the key to control of the Senate. Obama Hagan It’s number six on my list. That is, there are five states where capturing Democratic seats appears more likely—West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas. Then comes North Carolina. Assuming Republicans don’t lose any of their own seats, those six pickups would give Republicans a 51-49 majority. And with it, the political...
  • Bill Kristol: Bush-Clinton Presidential Race Not Likely

    04/08/2014 3:22:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wanda Carruthers
    It's not likely the race for president in 2016 will pit former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted. "I'm willing to go out on a limb," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016."
  • Must-Read Memo on GOP Health Proposal

    01/27/2014 10:27:09 AM PST · by Solson · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1-27-2014 | william kristol
    2017 Project executive director (and frequent TWS contributor) Jeff Anderson has an important memo outlining the new health care reform proposal from three senior Republican senators that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with legislation that "beats Obamacare in every particular" and would also "address many of the most serious shortcomings of the pre-Obamacare status quo." You can read Anderson's memo in full, below. There's been a lot of talk in magazines and from think tanks about a "conservative reform agenda"—and some laments as to the slowness of GOP elected officials to champion such an agenda. This proposal could mark...
  • Tom Cotton at Harvard: Hated Libertarians, Praised Bill Clinton

    08/03/2013 9:35:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/01/2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton, who announced this week that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, attacked alcohol vendors, called for mandatory financial disclosures of campaign donations, favored banning cigarettes, and attacked libertarianism while he was a Harvard student. In a twice-weekly column for the Harvard Crimson, Cotton — who has been called a “Republican’s dream” by National Review and an “extraordinary figure” by the Weekly Standard — criticized politicians for not doing enough to oppose tobacco and wrote a laudatory 1996 piece praising Bill and Hillary Clinton. In 1997, Cotton wrote a scolding op-ed on alcohol and underage drinking...
  • The Naysayer

    11/21/2005 2:15:32 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies · 393+ views
    WeeklyStandard.com ^ | November 21, 2005 | Thomas Joscelyn
    N THE AFTERMATH of September 11, more than several former national security and intelligence officials fashioned new careers as critics of the Bush administration's war on terror. Among the more prominent of these former officials is Daniel Benjamin, who worked for the National Security Council from 1994 to 1999. Benjamin's criticism flows from his belief that prior to the war in Iraq, as he wrote in Time magazine earlier this year, "there was no pre-existing relationship between Baghdad and al-Qaeda." Still worse, the invasion of Iraq has made us "less safe" and "above all, the invasion and occupation of Iraq--have...
  • Breitbart’s Last Laugh

    03/02/2012 4:00:17 AM PST · by radioone · 26 replies · 658+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3-1-12 | MATT LABASH
    I woke up this morning to about ten emails from journalist friends asking if our mutual friend, Andrew Breitbart, was really dead. “Really” was the operative word. Some meant it in the traditional sense: Is it possible for the human inferno that Breitbart resembled to have actually been extinguished at age 43, leaving his elegant wife Susie and his four beloved children behind? Several, however, meant it as in: Is Andrew really dead? Many of us didn’t know if we could trust the announcement, thinking this could be another Breitbart caper, as he always had two or three in his...
  • Obama briefed columnists before speech (Including Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol)

    03/29/2011 7:56:09 AM PDT · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/28/2011 | Ben Smith
    Before delivering his defense of the American action in Libya this evening, President Obama surprised a group of top newspaper columnists by dropping by their briefing with national security aide Denis McDonough. The guests at the meeting included David Ignatius of the Washington Post, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, Doyle McManus of the L.A. Times, and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, according to a source who asked that his name not appear. (Obama's argument appears to have worked, at least, on Kristol .)
  • Obama use of foe's tax records reviewed--Speeches assailed Koch Industries

    10/05/2010 6:24:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2010 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal inspector general is looking into whether the Obama administration used confidential taxpayer information in an effort to attack a political opponent, Koch Industries.The review was revealed Tuesday by Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, two weeks after he and a handful of other top Senate Republicans called for the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax issues to look into the matter, saying either administration officials had illegal access to taxpayer information or were inappropriately speculating in public about the company's tax status.Charles and David Koch, brothers who control the Kansas-based company, are libertarians who have used some...
  • Petulance at the Weekly Standard

    09/17/2010 7:47:59 AM PDT · by workerbee · 42 replies
    FB ^ | 9/17/10 | Mark Levin
    My comment the other day about Douthat's recent post http://ja-jp.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=431389855945 applies to Krauthammer's week-long effort to sabotage O'Donnell, including his column today, posted at NRO here: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/246849/buckley-rule-charles-krauthammer , with respect to his simplistic reference to "the Buckley rule" (Buckley was a very complex man, and this "rule" is being used by O'Donnell's detractors in a misleading way), and his convenient but unpersuasive reference to the other Tea Party candidates is a straw man. In fact, Krauthammer wrote off Joe Miller, the Tea Party backed Republican nominee for the Senate in Alaska. And I don't see his endorsements of Angle (Nevada),...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    08/03/2010 8:36:25 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 134 replies · 32+ views
    The EIB Network ^ | 08/03/2010 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Sarah Palin: Please Read Excellent Article, Yes A Period of Consequences

    07/23/2010 7:10:14 PM PDT · by MaxCUA · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Last month, we published an editorial under the title “A Period of Consequences.” The phrase was taken from a speech in the House of Commons in late 1936 in which Winston Churchill warned: “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” In the editorial, we lamented the procrastination, half-measures, soothing and baffling expedients, and delays that have characterized U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear program. We argued that U.S. military action to stop the program was preferable to a nuclear Iran,...
  • The One Face Of The Weekly Standard

    06/29/2010 8:49:56 AM PDT · by writer33 · 17 replies
    Elective Decisions ^ | 06/29/10 | Chris Davis
    There aren’t many occasions on which I will pick up a copy of The Weekly Standard and read one of their articles. My wife, however, left a copy of it sitting at my desk, having subscribed to the magazine earlier in the year. The magazine was open to an essay, entitled, “The Two Faces of the Tea Party” by Matthew Continetti. So, I became another unfortunate victim of The Weekly Standard, reading an essay that was written for RINOs, and those individuals who make the cocktail party circuit in Washington, D.C. I’m sure there will be a plethora of buzz...
  • One powerful niche product, The Palin Brand

    04/05/2010 7:45:46 PM PDT · by MaxCUA · 11 replies · 447+ views
    Citizen Palin 4 President ^ | Matthew Continetti
    The numbers in David Carr's piece on Sarah Palin's brand are striking: (1) 2 million people watched the first episode of her show, Real American Stories. That's about the same number who normally watch On the Record with Greta van Susteren, which Palin preempted. (2) Going Rogue has sold 2.2 million copies. (In 2009 only) (3) Palin will be paid million per episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska," a travelogue / documentary, on TLC. (4) Palin's appearance on Oprah last fall to promote Going Rogue drew that show's highest ratings in two years. Palin has 1.5 million Facebook friends. When Palin...
  • Reporter takes stumble chasing Mass. candidate [Boston Globe Spins to Protect Coakley]

    01/13/2010 8:50:35 AM PST · by freespirited · 65 replies · 2,844+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 01/13/10
    A reporter trying to question Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley was involved in a scuffle with one of her aides. John McCormack of the Weekly Standard fell Tuesday night as he tried to speak with the Democrat while simultaneously videotaping her and trying to pass a metal grate on a Washington sidewalk. Photos and video of the incident show Coakley aide Michael Meehan trying to help McCormack up. A scuffle broke out as Meehan tried to block McCormack and determine if he was an operative of a rival campaign. Coakley is seen ignoring McCormack. The trip prompted criticism, since Coakley...
  • Reporter roughed up outside Coakley fund-raiser

    01/13/2010 7:57:32 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies · 1,604+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 13, 2010 | Laura Crimaldi
    A Weekly Standard reporter says he was roughed up last night outside a Washington, D.C. fund-raiser for Attorney General Martha Coakley by someone he believes is associated with her U.S. Senate campaign. John McCormack, the magazine’s deputy online editor, writes about the incident outside the Sonoma restaurant in an online dispatch entitled: “We Report, We Get Pushed.”
  • A Pyrrhic Victory? (Them's Fighting Words: Fight Conservatives, Fight!

    12/19/2009 11:53:00 AM PST · by goldstategop · 33 replies · 1,270+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/19/2009 | William Kristol
    When a fellow conservative tried to cheer me up this morning by assuring me that the Senate Democrats' victory on health care was going to be a Pyrrhic one, I realized I didn't remember much about Pyrrhus. I went of course to Wikipedia. That fine reference work defines a Pyrrhic victory as "a victory with devastating cost to the victor." It also provides this quotation from Plutarch's Life of Pyrrhus, describing the aftermath of the battle of Asculum in 279 BCE: "The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that...
  • The Chicago Way (W.H. Threatens Nelson with AFB Closure)

    12/16/2009 4:29:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies · 2,025+ views
    Investor's Business daily ^ | December 16, 2009 | IBD Editorial Staff
    Politics: If the Democrats' stitched-together Frankenstein monster of health care reform gets the 60 votes to get through the Senate, it will have been done through an assortment of bribes and brass knuckles. (snip) Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, has also been critical of the buy-in and public option, but he has an additional issue about whatever comes out of the Senate not involving public funding of abortion in any way. Michael Goldfarb on the Weekly Standard blog quotes a Senate aide as saying the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the...
  • Obama Chooses a Turkey to Pardon

    11/23/2009 1:51:35 PM PST · by rhema · 33 replies · 1,426+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/30/2009
  • Mr. Salazar, Tear Down This Cross

    10/29/2009 1:06:37 AM PDT · by antiobamacare · 1 replies · 531+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 26, 2009 | Jonathan V. Last
    The government is paying the ACLU to remove war memorials In 1934, a small band of veterans of the First World War gathered at Sunrise Rock, an outcropping of stone in the Mojave Desert. There they raised a modest, handmade white, wooden cross, about five-feet high. At the foot of the cross they placed a plaque that read, "The Cross, Erected in Memory of the Dead of All Wars. Erected 1934 by Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Death Valley Post 2884." Many of these men had moved to Death Valley following the Great War on the advice of doctors,...
  • Substandard: The End of an Illusion (Weekly Standard sold at fire sale)

    07/29/2009 5:03:27 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 35 replies · 1,355+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | July 29, 2009 | Thomas Fleming
    The sale of The Weekly Standard should put paid to any lingering illusion that the neoconservative empire was anything but a Potemkin Village. Whatever happens from this point on, the news of Rupert Murdoch’s repudiation of his ugliest stepchild is as refreshing a pick-me-up as the morning’s second Bloody Mary I am enjoying, anchored off Spetzai on the Bushido with Chronicles’ incomparably hospitable columnist, Taki. The only thing needed to make my happiness complete would be for the boys of National Review to take the hint and sell out for oh, maybe $2 million. Allegedly, Murdoch sold the magazine for...
  • Out of Alaska - Palin on why she resigned and what it means for her future (golden quotes)

    07/11/2009 1:06:16 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 85 replies · 3,074+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 20, 2009 | Matthew Continetti
    In early July, while most Americans were preparing for a long weekend of celebratory parades, charred meats, and noisy fireworks, Sarah Palin made some plans of her own. The Alaska governor had been the object of endless media attention and assorted calumnies since she became John McCain's vice presidential nominee last August. Now she wanted to try something new. So, on July 3, in a speech delivered from her home on Lake Lucille in Wasilla, Palin told her constituents that not only would she not seek a second term, but she would also be transferring authority to Lieutenant Governor Sean...
  • Washington Examiner parent company acquires the Weekly Standard

    06/17/2009 12:59:31 PM PDT · by LachlanM · 9 replies · 612+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 17, 2009 | LachlanM
    Clarity Media Group CEO Ryan McKibben announced today that the company had acquired The Weekly Standard magazine, which he characterized as “one of the most highly respected publications of public policy and political commentary in America.” According to McKibben, Clarity Media Group intends to build on the editorial strengths of The Weekly Standard’s current staff and increase the magazine’s circulation and ad pages. “We have the highest regard for the editors and staff of The Weekly Standard, particularly founder William Kristol and executive editor Fred Barnes. The Weekly Standard’s content deals with the most critical public policy issues of our...
  • Conservative Magazines: Their Vision Isn’t G.O.P.’s

    06/13/2009 7:50:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies · 797+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 13, 2009 | Patricia Cohen
    ... For conservative commentators Mr. Obama’s election and the turmoil of the opposition present a changed environment, not only from the past eight years when Republicans held the White House, but from the previous three decades, when conservative ideas dominated the national political agenda. Since the financial meltdown, though, many Americans have sought government action, prompting conservative magazines to refocus on first principles and refight battles they assumed had already been won. “We’re seeing free-market capitalism trampled in some new way every 12 hours,” said Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, the magazine William F. Buckley started in 1955, which...
  • Weekly Standard (Conservative Magazine) may have been shooter (Von Brunn) target

    06/11/2009 10:45:16 AM PDT · by mnehring · 165 replies · 8,868+ views
    FBI agents visited the offices of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine yesterday after a shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and told employees they'd found the magazine's address A senior Standard staffer confirmed the visit but declined to discuss it in detail. An FBI spokeswoman, Katherine Schweit , also declined to comment on the investigation. Two other sources said two FBI agents arrived shortly after 5:00 p.m. Thursday at the 17th Street offices of the magazine. They told staffers that they had found the address of the magazine on a piece of paper associated with the shooter, James von Brunn,...
  • The New Blacklist: Freedom of speech--unless you annoy the wrong people [Prop. 8 Retribution]

    03/10/2009 9:02:23 PM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 29 replies · 2,598+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/16/2009 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Strange times we live in when it takes a ballot initiative to confirm the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Stranger still when endorsing that definition through the democratic process brings threats and reprisals. In November, the San Francisco Chronicle published the names and home addresses of everyone who donated money in support of California's Proposition 8 marriage initiative. All available information, plus the amount donated, was broadcast. My name is on that list. Emails started coming. Heavy with epithets and ad hominems, most in the you-disgust-me vein. Several accused me, personally, of denying...
  • The Age of Irresponsibility

    03/02/2009 1:25:42 PM PST · by SolidWood · 17 replies · 735+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 03/02/2009 | Matthew Continetti
    Decades from now, historians are going to fill e-tome after e-tome debating when the crisis in American authority began. A good place to start would be the Clinton era. The president of the United States had a tawdry affair, lied about it, and refused to accept any responsibility for his actions. The Republicans correctly pointed out that the president had acted beneath his office. The problem was that many of them were acting beneath their offices, too. In Washington, where the spirit of public service is supposed to reign, both Democrats and Republicans were using positions of power for private...
  • Barack Obama's America

    03/02/2009 9:05:37 AM PST · by SolidWood · 12 replies · 807+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 03/09/2009 | Alexis de Tocqueville
    It seems that if despotism came to be established in the democratic nations of our day, it would have other characteristics: it would be more extensive and milder, and it would degrade men without tormenting them. When I think of the small passions of men of our day, the softness of their mores, the extent of their enlightenment, the purity of their religion, the mildness of their morality, their laborious and steady habits, the restraint that almost all preserve in vice as in virtue, I do not fear that in their chiefs they will find tyrants, but rather schoolmasters. I...
  • Rod and Rahm Have a Talk

    12/24/2008 5:36:57 AM PST · by rhema · 9 replies · 840+ views
  • Dean Barnett: Mr. Perfect

    10/28/2008 5:29:28 PM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 8 replies · 701+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/28/08 | D. R. Tucker
    Finally, I understand why people say that those who pass away at a young age died “too soon.” Prior to Monday, October 27, I would tell myself that those who died young simply passed away at their particular “time.” Even when someone passed away at an exceedingly young age—like the singer and actress Aaliyah Haughton, who perished in a plane crash in August 2001 at the age of 22—I’d rationalize it by saying that it was their time to go. I cannot do that anymore. At the very least, I cannot do that now. Dean Barnett is no longer with...
  • (Fred) Thompson Speech Hits Media on Palin, Obama on Abortion

    09/02/2008 5:06:04 PM PDT · by library user · 53 replies · 347+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 02, 2008 | by Stephen F. Hayes
    Fred Thompson will forcefully defend the selection of Sarah Palin tonight in a speech Republicans are characterizing as "red meat." He will argue that the feeding frenzy over Palin's is the result of "panic" from the Democrat-friendly mainstream media. "What a breath of fresh air Governor Sarah Palin is. She is from a small town, with small town values, but that's not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family. Let's be clear, the selection of Governor Palin has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic. She is a...
  • Let Palin Be Palin

    08/30/2008 6:26:21 AM PDT · by oblomov · 66 replies · 379+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8 September 2008 | Bill Kristol
    A spectre is haunting the liberal elites of New York and Washington--the spectre of a young, attractive, unapologetic conservatism, rising out of the American countryside, free of the taint (fair or unfair) of the Bush administration and the recent Republican Congress, able to invigorate a McCain administration and to govern beyond it. That spectre has a name--Sarah Palin, the 44-year-old governor of Alaska chosen by John McCain on Friday to be his running mate. There she is: a working woman who's a proud wife and mother; a traditionalist in important matters who's broken through all kinds of barriers; a reformer...
  • How Annoying Are the Olympic Mascots?

    07/24/2008 1:10:38 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 74 replies · 213+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 24, 2008 | Jaime Sneider
    You're not the only one unhappy about the Olympic mascots, collectively known as the Fuwa. If the Beijing Olympics' five cuddly mascots go down in history as a dud, their creator wants no part of the blame. After China's Olympics organizers gave him the assignment, folk artist Han Meilin initially sketched out five children representing the traditional Chinese elements of fire, wood, water, gold and earth. Then the bureaucrats got involved. "There had to be a panda, even though you'd think the public would have had enough of them," says the 72-year-old artist. Alas, mankind will never get enough of...
  • The New Yorker repents

    07/23/2008 6:12:06 PM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies · 1,204+ views
  • U.S. conservatives scramble to find a new direction

    07/20/2008 9:24:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 527+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | 2008-07-20 | Patricia Cohen
    Almost anything can happen in an election year, but among conservatives, almost everyone seems to agree that no matter who captures the White House in November, the movement that has ruled the Republican Party since the 1960s and mostly dominated American politics since 1980 has lost its way. Across the spectrum of the right, writers and thinkers have turned their relentless analysis inward, a kind of political EST seminar aimed at self-transformation.
  • McCain hires Weekly Standard staffer

    06/02/2008 1:20:38 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 13 replies · 205+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/2/08 | Johnathan Martian
    Michael Goldfarb, online guru at the Weekly Standard, has taken a leave of absence from his post at the magazine to become deputy communications director for McCain. Standard chief Bill Kristol announced the move on their blog. In his new role, Goldfarb will use his grasp of the rightosphere to help drive the McCain message online and will also lend a hand in writing campaign materials. He'll focus especially on the rapid response element of a campaign that is already being fought hour by hour. A source at the magazine said that when Goldfarb announced his move at a staff...
  • Obama-Rendell? - That's the ticket.

    05/07/2008 1:49:01 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 21 replies · 293+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 7th, 2008 | Fred Barnes
    The NOTION THAT BARACK Obama should pick Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate is crazy. She passes the first test of a veep selection: she's a plausible president. But she fails the second. She doesn't qualify as a partner on the Democratic ticket (and possibly in the White House) that Obama would be comfortable with--far from it. But there is someone who does meet these two requirements, plus a third one and maybe a fourth. That person is Democratic Governor Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania. Yes, Rendell was the leading supporter of Clinton when she trounced Obama in the...
  • Mughniyeh and Al Qaeda

    02/16/2008 7:22:02 PM PST · by jdm · 10 replies · 251+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | Feb. 16, 2008 | Thomas Joscelyn/Charles Johnson
    Thomas Joscelyn has an excellent piece on the death of Imad Mughniyeh, and his possible connections to Al Qaeda and the terror attacks of 9/11: Death by Car Bomb in Damascus. Late Tuesday night in Damascus, Imad Mugniyah, senior terrorist of Hezbollah, was killed in a car bomb explosion. It was a fitting death for a founding father of Islamic terrorism, a man who himself had built many bombs. If you had not heard of Mugniyah before, there is a good reason. Terror chieftains like Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri seek the limelight with their frequent and widely...
  • Conspiracy of What?The plot to elect McCain.

    02/05/2008 6:26:15 AM PST · by TinaJeannes · 100 replies · 141+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 02/05/2008 | by Noemie Emery
    THERE IS A LEFT-WING conspiracy at loose in the world, dedicated to undoing conservative governance, only the people who see it aren't sure what it is. John McCain is in it, of course, in fact he is the cause of it, as making him president is the ultimate goal. He is blamed for running, (and perhaps, for breathing), but beyond him the face of the threat is less clear. In fact, the faces are those of other conservative stalwarts, who were their heroes and brethren until--until, say, just after the Florida primary, when McCain emerged as a serious threat. These...
  • The Joy of Bush

    11/28/2007 3:24:46 PM PST · by jdm · 26 replies · 212+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Nov. 28, 2007 | Fred Barnes
    PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS the presidency is still "a joyous experience" for him. "People ask if I would do it again. I would." And one reason for his upbeat mood in talking to a dozen journalists Wednesday is progress in Iraq, including revenue sharing by the central government with the provinces. Another is the beginning of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, though Bush cautioned that the creation of a Palestinian state won't come any time soon. Reconciliation between Shia and Sunni is occurring in Iraq, Bush said, but it's "bottom up reconciliation," not top down from the central government of Nouri a-Maliki. However, the...
  • Once More into the Breach

    10/02/2007 4:07:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 201+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | October 2, 2007 | Justin Logan
    Justin Logan is a foreign policy analyst a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy. Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card famously remarked that the reason the White House ramped up the case for the Iraq War in September was that "from a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August." To judge from recent developments, Americans may look back on August 2007 as the month the country again turned toward war—with Iran. The same network of think-tank analysts, media outlets, and government officials who brayed for war in Iraq have set their...
  • The thuggery of William Kristol (Beauchamp Barf Alert!)

    08/22/2007 3:29:23 PM PDT · by inkling · 10 replies · 711+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 08/22/2007 | Jonathan Chait
    It's hard to believe that, not so long ago, neoconservative foreign policy thinking overflowed with ideas and idealism. The descent has been steep, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the pages of The Weekly Standard--particularly in William Kristol's editorials, which have come to consist of stubborn denials of any bad news, diatribes about internal enemies, and harangues against the cowardice of Republican dissenters. Kristol's sensibility is perfectly summed up in one representative passage from a recent issue. The topic was The New Republic's decision to publish an essay by Scott Beauchamp, an American soldier serving in Iraq, detailing...
  • Author Tells U.S. Army He Made Up Stories Published in New Republic

    08/07/2007 10:59:54 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 19 replies · 1,192+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | August 7, 2007 | By Michael Goldfarb
    The Weekly Standard has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp -- author of the much-disputed "Shock Troops" article in the New Republic's July 23 issue as well as two previous "Baghdad Diarist" columns -- signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he published in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods -- fabrications containing only "a smidgen of truth," in the words of our source. Separately, we received this statement from Major Steven F. Lamb, the deputy Public Affairs Officer for Multi National Division-Baghdad: "An investigation has been completed and...
  • The REAL story from Ramadi, Iraq (AUDIO, Mike Fumento's excellent interview on the Mike Rosen show)

    11/24/2006 2:01:01 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 5 replies · 992+ views
    'Rosen Replay' at his 850am KOA website ^ | Wednesday November 22nd, 2006 | Mike Rosen interview
    Mike Fumento was a guest on the Mike Rosen show on 850am KOA here in Denver Wednesday (Nov. 23rd) to talk about his recent October 2006 trip to Ramadi, Iraq. Mike talks about the REAL story from the one of the most dangerous places in the country. Rosen Replay 11/22/06 10-11AM (about 45 minutes, MP3) Guest: Mike Fumento, journalist for "The Weekly Standard" talks about his latest article, "Return to Ramadi."Click here for part one of the interview Rosen Replay 11/22/06 11-11:45AM (about 30 minutes, MP3) Mike Fumento continued. Click here for part two of the interview --- Mike Fumento's...
  • Surrender as 'Realism'

    11/24/2006 6:34:07 AM PST · by Valin · 11 replies · 710+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/4/06 | Robert Kagan / William Kristol
    Surrender as 'Realism' Retreat would win us no friends and lose us no adversaries. Foreign policy realism is ascendant these days, we are told. This would be encouraging if true, because our foreign policy must indeed be realistic. But what passes for "realism" today has very little to do with reality. Indeed, if you look at some of the "realist" proposals on the table, "realism" has come to be a kind of code word for surrendering American interests and American allies, as well as American principles, in the Middle East. Thus, the "realists" advise us to seek Syria's help in...
  • The death of national greatness. Don't believe the Weekly Standard (mods please don't delete)

    11/07/2006 8:33:44 AM PST · by watsonfellow · 12 replies · 984+ views
    The Weekly Standard is bold in stating and supporting its ideology. Only it is not the traditional limited government conservatism devised by the movement's founders. The WS forthrightly informs its readers that George W. Bush is a "big spender," subheading a recent piece informing its readers that, "under Bush, the era of small government is over." Moreover, there is not much limited government conservatives can do about it. "Governing majorities can't stand still" the executive editor informs, they must spend more and more money on national problems because "that's what the public expects." Bush and the GOP Congressional leadership will...
  • Delusions of Progress (George Will's Burkean Rant)

    07/18/2006 7:19:26 AM PDT · by dinoparty · 135 replies · 2,409+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 18, 2006 | George Will
    July 18, 2006 -- 'GROTESQUE" was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's characterization of the charge that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was responsible for the current Middle East conflagration. She is correct, up to a point. Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Rice called it "short-sighted" to judge the success of the administration's transformational ambitions by a "snapshot" of progress "some couple of years" into the transformation. She seems to consider today's turmoil preferable to the Middle East's "false stability" of the last 60 years, during which U.S. policy "turned a blind eye to the absence of democratic forces." There is,...
  • Dangerous liaison ( Old Media Barf )

    05/14/2006 7:52:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 881+ views
    The Boston Globe...The New York Times Company ^ | May 14, 2006 | Robert Kuttner |
    SHAME ON Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rupert Murdoch, the right-wing publishing mogul, is hosting a fund-raiser in July for her Senate reelection campaign. Her explanation is that Murdoch, based in New York, is an important constituent: ''I'm very gratified that he thinks I'm doing a good job." Murdoch runs Fox television, home of Bill O'Reilly and company. No far-right media enterprise has been more relentlessly dishonest in its efforts to destroy American liberalism in general and the Clintons in particular. Fox was prime cheerleader for the bogus Whitewater investigation and the impeachment campaign against Bill Clinton. Fox exists to oppose every...
  • Thunder on the Center-Right - The Weekly Standard turns 10.(Between Fox News...and Free Republic)

    04/27/2006 5:06:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 548+ views
    Reason ^ | April 2006 | W. James Antle III
    The Weekly Standard turns 10. The Weekly Standard: A Reader, 1995–2005, edited by William Kristol, New York: Harper Collins, 534 pages, $27.95 When the Republicans took control of Congress in 1995, a frenzied guessing game began as to which major government program would be first to fall victim to Newt Gingrich’s merciless axe. Some observers wondered if one of the earliest casualties might be not a line item in the federal budget but rather the burgeoning conservative alternative media that aided the GOP during the previous year’s campaign. The idea was that these outlets would be victims of their own...