A Further Perspective

A Further Perspective

Etiquette Versus Annihilation

By 3.31.15

Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn’t matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat.

It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world’s biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver them far beyond the Middle East.

Back during the years of the nuclear stand-off between the Soviet Union and the United States, contemplating what a nuclear war would be like was called “thinking the unthinkable.” But surely the Nazi Holocaust during World War II should tell us that what is beyond the imagination of decent people is by no means impossible for people who, as Churchill warned of Hitler before the war, had “currents of hatred so intense as to sear the souls of those who swim upon them.”

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Among the Anti-Anti-Semites

By 3.27.15

When civil rights attorney Gil McGuire took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times to respond to actor Michael Douglas’ widely distributed article about his son’s own vile encounter with anti-Semitism, McGuire disparaged Douglas for conflating anti-Israel criticism with anti-Semitism. In so doing, McGuire inadvertently betrayed the myopia of the progressive view of both anti-Semitism and anti-Israel criticism. This limited vision comes from focusing on the Israeli occupation devoid of any historical context.

Israel is not above criticism, and as McGuire and most progressives undoubtedly know, Israelis themselves roundly and freely criticize their government. Arab members of the Knesset stand in the legislative body to launch vitriolic attacks that would be found abhorrent in most Western democracies. In Middle East tyrannies, any legislator who engaged in such attacks would find himself facing a quick appointment with the executioner.

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A Simple Question

By 3.24.15

It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished.

The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O’Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment.

For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a Senator and then a Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has nothing to show for all those years — no significant legislation of hers that she got passed in the Senate, and only an unbroken series of international setbacks for the United States during her time as Secretary of State.

Before Barack Obama entered the White House and appointed Mrs. Clinton Secretary of State, Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq had notified their higher ups, stationed in Pakistan, that their cause was lost in Iraq and that there was no point sending more men there.

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The Tea Party and the Sunshine Boys

By 3.22.15

It’s not easy giving sunshine a bad name — especially in the Northeast after this winter. But the solar energy industry, its lobbyists, and its leftist enablers in the environmental movement have come close to accomplishing this. 

Solyndra, and all those little Solyndras across the country, have demonstrated to alert observers how a generator of small amounts of pricy and unreliable energy can turn into a honey-pot for the well connected. Using global warming (aka climate change) and fossil fuels as the bug-bears, solarists, and those whooping up equally expensive and unproductive “renewable” energy sources, have managed to drain billions from various government treasuries while producing very little in the way of kilowatt hours.

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Pretty in Pravda

By 3.16.15

Open-mindedness is a key value at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and to demonstrate that value they chose “Communism” as the theme to their prom, dubbing it “Prommunism.”

The Prommunist era didn’t last long. It turns out that despite feeling like they “knew a lot about the topic,” choosing the Communist theme brought a stronger reaction than they were expecting. Much stronger. Once the story hit the web (see this particularly fine take by the Spectator's Dan Flynn), students said they “no longer felt safe” due to some of the reactions they received. So they switched themes.

If only those who lived under Communism could have switched so easily.

While the students claim that choosing the “Communism” theme was a way of honoring their education and showing off their open-mindedness, KRQE reported that Cottonwood's Executive Director, Sam Obenshain, confessed when it was first selected that “he and many students aren’t even quite sure what Prommunism is supposed to look like.”

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The Hazards of Blind Obedience

By 3.13.15

“It is only those who hope to transform human beings who end up by burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment,” wrote Christopher Hitchens, years before ISIS released a video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Wrote Liesl Schillinger regarding Martin Amis’ novel House of Meetings in her 2007 book review in the New York Times: “The narrator and protagonist (by no stretch could you call him the hero) of Martin Amis’s new novel is an archetype of the eternal Soviet nightmare, a decorated war veteran who ‘raped my way across what would soon be East Germany’ in the first three months of 1945.”

Amis’s character is described by Schillinger as a person “robbed of any belief in fairness by his prolonged servitude,” a veteran interned in a slave labor camp by his own government, a person hardened by his absorption into the dark side of Soviet history, a man who writes that he is not unique.

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Does Anyone Believe Her?

By 3.12.15

As Hillary Clinton took questions from the media about the personal email account she used as secretary of state, I felt a flashback coming on. She said she simply chose to use a personal account with a personal server “for convenience.” I felt I had traveled back in time to 1998. Washington was screaming across the aisle. First lady Hillary Clinton charged that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” was behind stories that her husband had an affair with Monica Lewinsky. President Bill Clinton denied that he ever had “sexual relations” with the former intern.

Deep down, everyone knew that Bubba was lying. And he was lying. Judge Susan Webber Wright eventually would fine Clinton for giving “intentionally false” testimony during depositions with attorneys representing plaintiff Paula Jones, whose sexual harassment lawsuit nonetheless tanked.

Up until the president was forced to admit that he had lied about Lewinsky, partisans who surely suspected otherwise vehemently argued that Clinton had been truthful. When that ruse crumbled, the knee-jerk defenders used cable news as a nonstop forum for odd debates meant to distract from the core issue.

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The Iran Empire Strikes

By 3.11.15

Clouds of evil surround the Middle East. Since 1979, Iran was and remains the leading state sponsor of terrorism. However, now, Darth Vader has been converted into Luke Skywalker.

Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, is one of the covert operators undermining governments and promoting the imperial interests of his Islamic government. He has emerged as an international “hero” bolstering the morale of Iraqi troops and inserting his Revolutionary Guard agents into the struggle against ISIS. He stands in the vanguard of the empire Iran has created from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. As Alaeddin Boroujerdi (a member of Iran's parliament) noted: “Iran is more powerful than any time in the past 30 years.

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The ‘Disparate Impact’ Racket

By 3.10.15

The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about “the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson” ought to be read by every American.

It says in plain English what facts have been established by an autopsy on Michael Brown’s body — by three different pathologists, including one representing the family of Michael Brown — by DNA examination of officer Darren Wilson’s gun and police vehicle, by examination of the pattern of blood stains on the street where Brown died and by a medical report on officer Wilson, from the hospital where he went for treatment.

The bottom line is that all this hard evidence, and more, show what a complete lie was behind all the stories of Michael Brown being shot in the back or being shot while raising his hands in surrender. Yet that lie was repeated, and dramatized in demonstrations and riots from coast to coast, as well as in the media and even in the halls of Congress.

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Which Leaker Is Worse, Petraeus or Snowden?

By 3.9.15

Former four-star general and CIA chief David Petraeus pleaded guilty to one count of retaining classified information for handing over information in personal notebooks to his biographer girlfriend in 2011. He agreed to pay a $40,000 fine; prosecutors said they would recommend two years’ probation instead of prison, although a judge could decide otherwise. It’s a sad close to a government career for the man whose counterinsurgency strategy turned around the war in Iraq. He’s an American hero who seemed all that much more upright when he resigned in November 2012 after admitting to an affair that compromised his position — without drama and after quickly owning up to his mistakes.

Except he didn’t come completely clean; America now knows — because it’s in the official record — Petraeus lied to the FBI. That’s a serious offense. But should he go to prison?

On one side, Petraeus supporters, such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., argued that Petraeus had done too much for the country to be discarded in a prison cell. In January, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the Department of Justice should not prosecute the former CIA chief, as he had “suffered enough.”