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IRONICALLY, IN THE MIDDLE of Mukasey’s speech about opponents of the War failing to make their case in law or reason, he was interrupted by a heckler — a state court judge — who stood and shouted at him, “Tyrant! You ARE a tyrant!” Pausing briefly to look in the direction of the heckler, but returning immediately to his speech, Mukasey was too much of a gentleman to quash the outburst by saying that such wild charges and name-calling illustrated precisely the point of his remarks.
The Attorney General made it almost to the end of his speech, and
then, suddenly and inexplicably, he faltered and collapsed. Shock
and concern over his collapse overshadowed his final point: that
the Bush administration had tried “to make sure that our
counterterrorism efforts stood on a sound institutional and legal
footing so that the next Attorney General and the new
Administration have what they need to assure the safety of the
The Obama administration, as he noted, will review those institutions and legal decisions that have kept us safe for the past seven years. He expressed “hope” that the Obama administration “understands the threat we continue to face and that it shares the priority we have placed on remaining on the offense to prevent future terrorist attacks.”
As we left the ballroom after the Attorney General was rushed to the hospital, those present had a dual sense of uncertainty — about his condition and about the future course of the War on Terror.
As to the former, thankfully, the word came within hours that the Attorney General was well. As to the latter, one can say only one thing for sure: the Mukasey speech is one that history will vindicate, in one way or another.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?