Churchill wanted America to fight. The real favored nation. Obama’s false questions. Plus more.
A RED HERRING
Re: Geoffrey Norman’s Ninety-Two Years and Counting:
Geoffrey Norman incorrectly quotes Winston Churchill that “America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War [I]” — a favorite of neo-isolationists for many years.
This particular red herring is the very first entry in an appendix of unattributed quotations in my book, Churchill by Himself, together with the following note:
“Posted on the Internet in 2002, this quotation caused a stir. In 1942 a $1 million lawsuit was brought against WSC (who had denounced the quotation as fiction) by publisher William Griffin of the New York Enquirer. It was dismissed when WSC admitted to the interview but denied the statement.”
My book contains numerous accurate Churchill remarks expressing exactly the opposite opinion, e.g.: “[There are] only two ways of winning the war, and they both begin with A. One is aeroplanes and the other is America.… Everything else is swept away.” (Munitions Council, 4 September 1917). And: “the moral consqeuence of the United States joining the Allies was indeed the deciding cause in the conflict….Defeatist movements were strangled on the one side and on the other inflamed.” (The World Crisis, Vol. 3, 1927).
Incidentally, the New York Enquirer later became the
National Enquirer, which is still doling out the same
— Richard M. Langworth
Editor, The Churchill Centre
NEW US VS. THEM
Re: George H. Wittman’s Leading From Weakness:
What you didn’t add is that the Obama administration switched to a British newspaper for its trial balloons because he is far more interested in what Europeans think than in what Americans think.
I guess we’ll have to get used to it.
The old distinctions between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, though still marginally valid, have now been replaced by the new distinction:
Constitutionalists and internationalists.
Obama has put the Internationalists in the driver’s seat.
Gee! Haw! Giddyap! Whoa!
— A. C. Santore
SINGLE PAYER: BAD FOR YOUR CONSTITUTION
Re: Philip Klein’s Obama’s False Choices:
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?