Wlady Pleszczynski

Wlady Pleszczynski is editorial director of The American Spectator and editor of AmSpec Online. His tenure at the Spectator dates back to August 1980. A native of Santa Barbara, California, he (and his wife Joanna) have two sons, two cats, and a famous dog.

His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Slate, the Weekly Standard, the Women’s Quarterly, and the Times Literary Supplement. He was a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in 2001-2002. He is also the editor of Our Brave New World: Essays on the Impact of September 11 (Hoover Institution Press, 2002).

London Bridge: Progress of Sorts at CNN


An old habit of tuning in CNN for news of the world at such moments as Saturday night’s ISIS-inspired attacks in London revealed something unusual on that network and its ilk: the use of such terms as “Islamist terrorism” and “Islamist extremist views.” Not that they came from a wide array of anchors or reporters, […]

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Parkinson’s NATO


My favorite line in President Trump’s remarks at NATO’s fancy digs in Brussels today came toward the end, “And I never asked once what the new NATO Headquarters cost.” I wish he had. Here’s what Joseph Harriss reported in our pages six years ago (April 2011) in his cover story, “NATO Reconsidered”: With policymakers on […]

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Mr. Perfect Forever


All week long — actually, for two weeks — I was worried about the New England Patriots’ chances against a hot and talented Atlanta team. It didn’t help that all the pre-Super Bowl coverage focused almost entirely on the Patriots and on Tom Brady and how victory would not only record setting for both but […]

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Special Pleading From the Opposition Party


So they’re not an opposition party? The requests below, displayed prominently on their home pages yesterday and well into this morning, came from the Washington Post and New York Times respectively: Are you, or is someone you know, affected by President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and migrants from the U.S.? Share your story with […]

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Trump: It’s Over for CNN


After today’s press conference, the drive-bys will beg Donald Trump to stick to Twitter. It wasn’t a presser so much as another version of a Trump rally, a sharp reminder that Trump as a political player is force of nature, in charge, sharp as a tack, unflappable, and as aggressive as he needs to be. […]

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No Class


One of the creepiest moments ever in our politics was the appearance of fixer John Podesta to announce Hillary would not be conceding anything until every vote was counted — echoes of Florida 2000, when Dems did their best to make sure votes not in their recount favor weren’t recounted? Never mind, as James Comey […]

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South Korean Solidarity With Hillary


The Hillarity at the New York Times continues. The other day it published an op-ed piece “Why American Needs a Female President.” It was by one Angie Kim, a writer in Virginia who as a third-grader in South Korea had been slapped on her hands by her teacher for daring to think she could run […]

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Comey’s Bombshell


No one knows exactly (or even inexactly) what it means, but FBI Director Comey’s bombshell letter to Congress essentially reopening the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s crooked server is a bigger October Surprise than anything yet — and October still has a few more days to go. The hugeness of this news is reflected in the […]

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Donald Trump’s Finest Hour


The common view is that there were three debates this year between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But what about the bonus debate last night at the Al Smith Dinner in New York? It was probably Trump’s greatest performance. Funny, self-deprecating (within reason), and devilishly biting (in the best Johnny Carson roast tradition, which apparently […]

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A Nasty Moment Last Night


Donald Trump is big enough to defend himself, but still it irks me to see how the game is played against him. One of his alleged belligerent acts last nice was his referring to Hillary as a “nasty woman.” No context is ever provided, it’s just crazy mean Donald, shooting his mouth off uncontrollably and […]

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