"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Friday, April 30, 2004

'Raisin' and Falling
by Peggy Noonan
A 40-year-old play reveals something awful about today's culture...The reaction seemed to startle the actors on stage, and shake their concentration. I was startled. I turned to my friend. "We have just witnessed a terrible cultural moment," I said. "Don't I know it," he responded...But our audience didn't know...Afterwards, thinking about it, I said to my friend, "When that play opened that plot point was understood--they knew it was tragic. And that was only what, 40 years ago." He said, "They would have known it was tragic even 25 years ago." And it gave me a shiver because I knew it was true...
Presidential Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer
by Abraham Lincoln
"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God...
Arab Hijackers Now Eligible for Pre-Boarding
by Ann Coulter
...On September 21 [2001], as the remains of thousands of Americans lay smoldering at Ground Zero, [Secretary of Transportation] Mineta fired off a letter to all U.S. airlines forbidding them from implementing the one security measure that would have prevented 9/11: subjecting Middle Eastern passengers to an added degree of pre-flight scrutiny. He sternly reminded the airlines that it was illegal to discriminate against passengers based on their race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religion...
National Disgrace, Continued
New York Post
We never thought former Sen. Bob Kerrey was taking seriously his responsibilities to the national 9/11 commission. But his insulting mid-meeting abandonment of President Bush's sitdown with the body yesterday was beyond the beyond...
Pictures of Torture
By now humiliating pictures of Iraqi prisoners being hazed, if you will, by American soldiers, are making the rounds in the media, since CBS' 60 Minutes II broke the story Wednesday. However, pictures of dead Americans, which sparked the current confrontation in Fallujah, have not received wide circulation in the American media, and are provided here to offer some context.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Terrorists Cheer Kerry's Rhetoric
by J. Michael Waller
...That is nothing new to students of history and statecraft. George Washington devoted much of his Farewell Address to the need to defend the country against foreign subversion designed to corrupt the national identity. He recognized the difficult situation that "real patriots" who resist foreign intrigues "are liable to become suspected and odious," while those espousing "pretended patriotism" – what he called "tools and dupes" of foreign interests – "usurp[ed] the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests."

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Faith Under Fire
World Net Daily
Muslim militants in eastern Indonesia burned down several hundred homes in an overnight attack on a mainly Christian area where 26 people were killed in three days of fighting...
The Enemy's True Face
by Arnold Ahlert
Eighty thousand people - 80,000. Men, women and children. Muslims and non-Muslims alike. All slated to be executed by a combination of explosives and chemical poison in a terrorist attack in Jordan...Scary? It ought to be. It's exactly the mentality of the enemy. Yet we are still naive enough to believe it is not so...
Pat Tillman: Dumb Jock, Baby Killer?
by Ben Shapiro
...Indymedia.org has 50 local chapters in the United States. Forty-four of them made no mention of Pat Tillman's death. The other six celebrated it...The Tides Foundation has donated $376,000 to Indymedia, according to Frontpagemag.com. Two of the biggest donors to the Tides Foundation? George Soros, who has given over $15 million to Democratic causes during this election cycle, and Teresa Heinz Kerry. Ralph Nader is one of Indymedia's biggest supporters; his group, Public Citizen, is listed as on Indymedia.org as an "ally"...
The Half-Revolution
by Zakes MDA
...South Africa is ailing because it suffers from the twin diseases of instant gratification and conspicuous consumption. Call me naïve, but I see these diseases playing a large role in the spiraling unemployment rate (despite the buoyant economy); in the AIDS pandemic, which seems to be unmanageable; in the high crime rate; and in the looming unrest of the black majority, who have seen little or no benefits of the bullish South Africa trickling down to them...

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Saddam's WMD Have Been Found
by Kenneth R. Timmerman
New evidence out of Iraq suggests that the U.S. effort to track down Saddam Hussein's missing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is having better success than is being reported. Key assertions by the intelligence community that were widely judged in the media and by critics of President George W. Bush as having been false are turning out to have been true after all. But this stunning news has received little attention from the major media, and the president's critics continue to insist that "no weapons" have been found...
Hillary to Arab Paper: Bush Endangers Mideast
World Net Daily
...Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite news channel, broadcast her remarks immediately in Arabic translation. The network also gave prominent play to comments by her traveling companion, Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, who said the administration's justification for the war was "tenuous at best" and Americans "could look back and see the decision to attack Iraq was one that ended up being very, very costly"..."Our enemies all have satellite television and they are watching," Ibrahim said..."When they hear this kind of thing, they think they are winning."
Flying Blind With the CIA
OpinionJournal
by Robert Baer
...Personally, I would like to have my own source to tell me what's happening inside the Kingdom's fire-breathing mosques. That's the only way we're going to find out if more young Saudis are being recruited and money raised for another 9/11. Until then, we're flying blind not just on Osama bin Ladin but on Islamic extremism throughout the Arab world and our own. That's the opposite of intelligence.
Send the Right Message
by Sam Brownback and Ed Feulner
...According to a recent Zogby International poll, 85 percent of parents said that the emphasis placed on abstinence for teens should be equal to or greater than the emphasis placed on contraception. Only 8 percent said teaching teens how to use condoms is more important than teaching them to abstain from sexual activity...Governments - federal, state and local - spend $4.50 to promote teen contraceptive use for every $1 spent to promote abstinence among teens. This preoccupation with promoting contraception to teens is myopic...
Patients Die as Doctors Fear Malpractice
Fox News
...Jim Masterson said his wife was left untreated for five hours and eventually died while doctors searched for an out-of-county physician who'd operate. Not a single local neurosurgeon would come in, Masterson said...Some neurosurgeons aren't disputing his claim, saying they can't afford malpractice insurance and are afraid of being wiped out by lawsuits, so they reduce their risks by refusing emergency patients...

Monday, April 26, 2004

Rally by Muslims Knocks Terrorism
by Judi Villa
Hundreds of residents from across the Valley gathered Sunday night at Phoenix's Patriots Square Park to join what is believed to be the nation's first Muslim rally against terrorism. "The killing of innocent people out of revenge, out of hate or out of retribution is against the absolute laws of Islam," said Zuhdi Jasser, a physician who organized the rally. "Suicide is against the absolute laws of Islam...
Terror on the Dole
by David Cohen
Four young British Muslims in their twenties - a social worker, an IT specialist, a security guard and a financial adviser - occupy a table at a fast-food chicken restaurant in Luton. Perched on their plastic chairs, wolfing down their dinner, they seem just ordinary young men. Yet out of their mouths pour heated words of revolution...Detectives fear that the "enemy within", the homegrown extremists leading apparently normal lives in suburbia, now pose the greatest threat to security in Britain...
Perils of 'Privacy'
by Heather MacDonald
...The congressional joint inquiry into 9/11 found that "a reluctance to develop and implement new technical capabilities aggressively" was a cause of the pre-9/11 intelligence failures. The report added: "While technology remains one of this nation's greatest advantages, it has not been fully and most effectively applied in support of U.S. counterterrorism efforts." We are making that mistake again.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

The Al Fallujah Cease-Fire and the Three-Way Game
Strategic Forecasting
U.S. forces have reached a written cease-fire agreement with Sunni guerrillas operating in Al Fallujah. More than ending -- or at least suspending -- the battles in Al Fallujah, the cease-fire has turned the political situation in Iraq on its head, with the United States now positioned strategically between the majority Shia and the Sunni insurgents...
Europe Needs to Remember Religion
by Heinz-Joachim Fischer
...Much has gone awry in Europe since pure reason concluded it could do without the power of faith, could even deride it, and then created an all-powerful state. The Enlightenment eliminated all flawed expressions of faith and excesses of the church so comprehensively that it also threw out its positive elements - such as the conscience - with the bathwater. The impact of the godless ideologies of the 19th centuries was far worse than that of religion, which was replaced by the worshipping of the state, a race, an economic class or a nation. The resulting catastrophes have taught us that man is not all reason...
An Ephemeral Empire, Built on Sand
by Niall Ferguson
Reluctant occupiers: unlike long-gone British, Americans yearn for home...Why is the second English-speaking empire so much more impatient to come home than the first?...America's brightest and best aspire not to govern Mesopotamia but to manage MTV; not to rule the Hejaz but to run a hedge fund. Unlike their British counterparts of a century ago, who left the elite British universities with an overtly imperial ethos, the letters ambitious young Americans would like to see after their names are CEO, not CBE (Companion of the British Empire)...
US Hatred Among the Arabs
by Jeff Jacoby
...If Americans are hated in the Arab world, much of the blame can be laid to the influence of thugocracies like Mubarak's. Which is one good reason to stop supporting those thugocracies. The man Bush calls "my good friend, Hosni" is responsible for a good deal of cruelty and repression within Egypt's borders. If we truly want to neutralize the anti-American venom that has poisoned so many Arabs, we could begin by breaking off our embrace of the autocrats who oppress them.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Thank You, Pat Tillman
The Dallas Morning News
...Pat Tillman’s laid up his treasure in loyalty and selfless service to his nation, for which he gave, in Lincoln’s immortal phrase, “the last full measure of … devotion.” Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a war hero of Vietnam, said yesterday that the young man’s death will “seem a heavy blow to the nation’s morale.” To the contrary, we believe that Pat Tillman’s sacrifice will inspire his fellow Americans. His life and his death bear witness to the truth that there are some ideals worth dying for, and therefore some ideals worth living for...
Fear Of God
by William Powers
...For various practical and cultural reasons, religion makes the media squirm more than any other subject. Journalists dwell in a world of facts; eternity is a tough one to pin down...
What Does the War on Wal-Mart Mean?
by Steven Malanga
...Because Wal-Mart represents the leading edge of this American business revolution, the Left’s crusade against it is more than just a battle against a single company. It is instead a clash of worldviews, as unions and their allies, representing a narrow band of special interests masquerading as a populist movement, try to convince the public that super-efficient discounters like Wal-Mart lower workers’ standard of living even as they actually raise living standards by offering goods to so many at such low prices...
Gorelick Agonistes
OpinionJournal
...The 9/11 Commission was supposed to be a fair-minded, non-partisan probe that would help our democratic government learn from its mistakes. Ms. Gorelick's failure to resign and testify herself in the face of a clear conflict of interest is reason enough for the American public to distrust its ultimate judgments.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Escaping Arab Failure
by Ralph Peters
...Arab civilization has failed. Disguised in part by the trappings of oil wealth, the Middle East has become humanity's sinkhole, less promising, if richer, than Africa. But no facade of garish hotels in the hollow states that line the Persian Gulf, and no amount of full-page advertisements funded by the Saudi government, can hide the truth any longer: The Arab Middle East has become the world's first entirely parasitical culture; all it does is to imitate poorly, consume voraciously, spit hatred, export death and create nothing...
Saudis Support a Jihad in Iraq, Not Back Home
by Neil MacFarquhar
...In Saudi Arabia, a strategic ally of the United States, violence against the occupation in Iraq is seen by many as jihad, or a holy struggle, but virtually no one accepts violence as jihad when it unrolls here at home, in the heart of what is supposed to be the most Muslim of countries...
Knowing the Truth
by Bill O'Reilly
...The big picture in America is that increasingly, people who are making life and death decisions are not explaining them to we the people. Instead, they're evading, hoping we'll forget the central issues they're involved with. Well, we won't. We need some answers from the Defense Department now.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

The Muezzin’s Call in Hamtramck
by Barrett Kalellis
A local controversy in Hamtramck, Mich., has now surfaced in the national news, with social and cultural implications that are largely hidden from public view. The local Muslim community in this suburb of Detroit, now estimated at about 20,000 persons, successfully persuaded the town council to change the “noise law” ordinance to permit the five area mosques to broadcast over loudspeakers tape recordings of the Islamic muezzin’s adhan, or call to daily prayers — chanted in Arabic...
Monumental Rip-Off?
by Brian Ross
At least three senior United Nations officials are suspected of taking multimillion-dollar bribes from the Saddam Hussein regime, U.S. and European intelligence sources tell ABCNEWS...The inquiries into the United Nations Oil-for-Food program result from the release in January of a list of 270 individuals, companies and institutions that allegedly received lucrative oil contracts from Saddam Hussein's former regime in return for political support...The following are the names of some of those listed as receiving Iraqi oil contracts (amounts are in millions of barrels of oil)...
International Man of Apology
by Hugh Hewitt
Over at JohnKerry.com's campaign blog, they're referring to Kerry's appearance on Meet the Press as a "home run." If that was a home run, I'd hate to see Kerry strike out. On question after question, Kerry managed to turn under-armed softballs into high and tight strikes, and the damage from his reflexive parsing and dodging are just beginning to be recognized...
Disclosure by the Kerrys
The New York Times
We hope the senator realizes that there cannot be too much disclosure by a candidate seeking the trust of the public for the nation's highest office...The senator took out a $6 million loan on one of their houses to help finance his campaign. They may file separate tax returns, but the comfort of the Kerrys' assets is a fact of life in the senator's campaign. The public is entitled to more detail, even though nothing nefarious has been alleged...

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

What Is Happening to Science?
by Patrick J. Michaels
...This is nothing but tragic, junk science, published by what is (formerly?) the most prestigious science periodical in the world [Nature magazine]. There's been a lot of hype - much of it from scientists themselves - over global warming - but nothing as sacrilegious as this, in such a sacred place.
People are Beautiful, the World Stinks
by Dennis Prager
...I feel that I am living in a world that is morally sick. Good is called bad, and bad is called "militant," "victimized," "misunderstood" and "the product of hopelessness," but rarely bad. Only those who fight the bad are called bad...
Shall We Grovel?
by James Lileks
...The left is terribly worried about what the popular kids are saying about them in the United Nations. "We've alienated the world! For heaven's sake, we've alienated China! Oh, and Free Tibet!" The right couldn't care less, but what can you expect out of a party that would rather get married to Great Britain than have an affair with France? The undecided middle -- defined at this point as "people who aren't paying attention" -- is waiting to learn why we'd be safer trusting an organization whose response to Rwanda was to send not armies, but condolences. And even that took years...
Hamas Versus America
by Erick Stakelbeck
..High-ranking Hamas officials have already managed to infiltrate America, the most notorious example being Musa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas leader now based in Syria. Marzook, who had been living in northern Virginia, was detained by U.S. authorities for 22 months and deported to Jordan in 1997. Following Yassin's death, Marzook warned his former host country that "currently the U.S. is not a target [of Hamas], but in the future, only God knows." Despite the media's reluctance to catch on, Hamas' recent statements and actions regarding America make clear that the future Marzook spoke of is now...

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

The Battle for Kerry's Military Record
by Hugh Hewitt
John Kerry says he released all his military records. In truth, he released some. Did Kerry lie to NBC's Tim Russert on Meet the Press? Also, one veteran's questions for John Kerry about his military service, and more.
Second Thinking: What I Got Wrong About Iraq
by Christopher Hitchens
...Many of those who were opposed to any military intervention now tell us that they always thought it should have been at least twice as big...There was no way around our adoption of Iraq, as there still is not. It's only a pity that the decision to intervene was left until so many years had been consumed by the locust.
Left-wing Bush Criticisms Fly in the Face of Reality
by John O'Sullivan
...On almost every count the anti-Bush case on the Iraq war crumbles away into nothingness. Why then is it rapidly becoming the conventional wisdom here and abroad? Why has Vietnam suddenly emerged as its odious comparison? The answer is alarmingly simple...
U.N. Fraud on Terror
by Arnold Beichman
I simply cannot understand why President Bush keeps appealing to United Nations for its help and cooperation when that institution has proven itself to be incapable of doing anything significant in the field of human rights let alone international terrorism. Nor can I understand why Secretary of State Colin Powell has called the U.N. a "Coalition partner" when it is at best a sneering onlooker...
Clearing the Air
by David Brooks
The journalist has the ultimate power, a cynic once said, the power to choose whom to be co-opted by. That temptation is never greater than when you are writing about environmental policy. You can go to the environmental groups and get one set of facts. Or you can go to the industry groups and get an entirely different set of facts...
Holy Turf Wars
by Ralph Peters
...The game of "this was mine and must be mine again," whether structured along religious lines or in terms of national identity, is as dangerous an enterprise as any in history. One great American strength has been our willingness to leave "the old country" behind, abandoning all claims to repossession. Wherever opposing factions claim the same land for their gods, conflicts are insoluble without extremes of bloodshed. When we insist on chaining God to any patch of earth, we make Him as small as us. Islamic terrorists will not reconquer Spain. But they may do colossal damage to their faith...

Monday, April 19, 2004

Globalizing Democracy
by Stephen Schwartz
...But I have said before, and will write now, and will argue again, that President Bush has restored to the Republican party its rightful legacy as a party of liberation. Those who, in the President's words, "don't believe Iraq can be free; that if you're Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can't be self-governing or free," will be proven wrong...
Spook Shakeup
by Peter Brookes
The American intelligence community is quickly becoming a dinosaur. It has to stop fighting the Cold War and transform itself to combat new security challenges, such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and rogue states - now...Intelligence is our first line of defense in the War on Terror - but the intelligence community is badly in need of overhaul. Here's why...

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Why Europe Chooses Extinction
by Spengler
Demographics is destiny. Never in recorded history have prosperous and peaceful nations chosen to disappear from the face of the earth. Yet that is what the Europeans have chosen to do...
Tenet's Time is Up
New York Post
Here's a question the absurd 9/11 commission should have asked CIA Director George Tenet last week:
How is it, sir, that you still have your job? As if presiding over the deadliest domestic intelligence failure in the history of the nation wasn't enough to relieve the top spook of his duties, Tenet's appearance before the commission on Thursday provided more reason...

Saturday, April 17, 2004

It’s Morning After in America
by Kay S. Hymowitz
...With their genius for problem solving and compromise, pragmatic Americans have seen the damage that their decades-long fling with the sexual revolution and the transvaluation of traditional values wrought. And now, without giving up the real gains, they are earnestly knitting up their unraveled culture. It is a moment of tremendous promise.
Bush Makes No Mistake in Responses
by Kathleen Parker
It is not surprising in our confessional, therapeutic culture that the most pressing question for the president of the United States is whether he feels he messed up. And wouldn't he like to unburden himself by sharing exactly how badly he messed up? Um, no, but thanks anyway...Pundits have spent days analyzing Bush's responses, expressing nearly unanimous disappointment. It's as though the president's declination to crumple into a heap of self-loathing were a personal insult...
9/11 Commission Recognizes Importance of the Patriot Act
by James Jay Carafano and Paul Rosenzweig
...During a recent public hearing of the 9/11 Commission, present and former government officials and even the Commissioners themselves emphasized the importance of one new tool adopted after September 11: the USA Patriot Act. They all agreed that the Patriot Act is an essential weapon in the nation’s global war on terrorism. Congress should take note and, as President Bush called for in the State of the Union Address, act now to reauthorize provisions in the law due to expire next year...

Friday, April 16, 2004

Bob Kerrey Clarifies the Liberal View of Blacks and Women
by Dennis Prager
...It is widely believed in universities and in the media that conservatives are more likely than liberals to be racist and sexist. I have long believed that the opposite is true, that most Democratic politicians and most liberal activists, at the very least, do not regard black people as they do all others and, at worst, believe that blacks are inferior. I am similarly convinced that many men who most rail against sexism and advocate feminism hold women in lower esteem...
A Letter to the DNC
by Wayne Perryman
Rev. Perryman, author of the book, Unfounded Loyalty, addresses Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe in a letter detailing civil rights failures, requesting an apology apology for the party’s past racist policies and practices toward African Americans.
A Nation Resolved
by Fred Thompson
...For many of President’s critics there is a domestic constituency to be won from failure abroad [in Iraq]. They are campaigning on defeat. But let’s all step back a second and remember there’s a nation of Americans and a world out there watching us. And these predictions of defeat have profound consequences in the real world. In every war, military historians will tell you, there is a strategic “center of gravity”--a tipping point that determines what direction the larger conflict will go...
Apologize for What?
by Cal Thomas
Can anyone imagine reporters during World War II asking President Franklin Roosevelt if he would like to apologize for the number of American dead and wounded, or Harry Truman if he would like to repent for dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which forced Japan to surrender? Those were different times -- when "psycho" meant you were crazy and "babble" meant you didn't make any sense...

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Berkeley Lecturer Urges 'Uprising' Against U.S.
World Net Daily
A University of California at Berkeley lecturer speaking at an anti-war rally Saturday called for a Palestinian-style intifada, or uprising, against the United States in response to American actions in the Middle East. Hatem Bazian, a native Palestinian with a Ph.D. in Islamic studies, stirred up the San Francisco crowd, asking three times, to resounding affirmations, "Are you angry?"...
Syria Smuggling WMD to Sudan
World Net Daily
Syria's Defense Ministry has been smuggling components for missiles and weapons of mass destruction to Sudan in an apparent effort to conceal them from Western inspection, according to Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service...
LOST at Sea
by Ron Paul
...Under the Law of the Sea Treaty, an “International Seabed Authority” would control the minerals and other resources of the oceans’ seabed. After taking its own cut, this UN body would transfer whatever is left to select third-world governments and non-governmental organizations. The Law of the Sea Treaty also would give the UN power to tax American citizens and businesses, which has been a long-time dream of the anti-sovereignty globalists. LOST also would establish an international court system to enforce its provisions and rulings. Imagine not being able to do business internationally without the approval of the United Nations!...
Gorelick's Wall: The Commissioner Belongs in the Witness Chair
OpinionJournal
...At issue is the pre-Patriot Act "wall" that prevented communication between intelligence agents and criminal investigators--a wall, Mr. Ashcroft said, that meant "the old national intelligence system in place on September 11 was destined to fail"...
Thank You for Choosing United, Mr. bin Laden
by Ann Coulter
...The 9-11 commission has finally uncovered the proverbial "smoking gun"! But it was fired by one of the 9-11 commissioners. Maybe between happy reminiscences about the good old days of Ruby Ridge, Waco and the Elian Gonzales raid, Ben-Veniste could ask Gorelick about those guidelines. Democrats think it's a conflict of interest for Justice Scalia to have his name in the same phonebook as Dick Cheney. But there is no conflict of interest having Gorelick sit on a commission that should be investigating her...
John Kerry, War Hero?
New York Post
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry has never been forthcoming about how he earned three Purple Heart medals in Vietnam - and the reason for his reticence appears now to be coming clear. At least the first of the decorations - awarded for wounds suffered in combat - was received in circumstances that can best be described as dubious...
Don't Blame the GOP for Losing Black Voters
by Robert Zelnick
...For years, my sense has been that black political leaders have traded nominal advantage for the real political clout more eclectic political allegiance could provide and embraced government "solutions" that impede the next great wave of African-American progress...

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Partisan Finger-pointing Puts Us in Peril
by Douglas MacKinnon
With regard to who did what before Sept. 11, 2001, or the wisdom of going to war in Iraq, Americans need to get a grip and deal with reality. Our nation does not need and cannot risk more partisan politics. Instead, we need increased protection and long-term solutions before a more lethal attack is visited upon us. Sideshows, finger-pointing, egos and political hacks are delaying the increased protection and solutions our nation demands. Enough is enough. We need to deal with facts and reality and cast aside destructive partisan politics...
Islam Confronts its Demons
Looking at today's Islam, a growing number of Western long-chinned pundits have been suggesting that what Islam needs is reform...But what if, in the context of Islamic history, for today's Islam, bin Ladenism is the reform?

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Preventing the 9-11 Attacks: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
by Thomas Patrick Carroll
...There is an old philosophical axiom — "should" implies "can." Whether one should act is only meaningful if the act itself is possible. So before we entertain notions of what U.S. leaders should have done before 9-11, we need to be clear on a fundamental question: What could they realistically have done? Not much, to be blunt...
An Alternative History
The New Republic
The article explores a what-if scenario had President Bush ordered a preemptive strike on Afghanistan based on pre-9/11 intelligence.
Tax Politics
by Bruce Bartlett
It's that time of year again, when competing interests play battle of the press release on taxes. The goal is to capture taxpayers' allegiance during that brief period when his attention is focused on his tax burden, as he fills out tax forms and, often, writes large checks to state and federal governments. Both sides play this game...

Monday, April 12, 2004

Tax Freedom Day Comes on April 11 in 2004, Earliest Since 1967
Tax Foundation
..."Federal tax cuts have made the average American tax burden lighter in 2004," said Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge. "Because the bubble in 1999 and 2000 boosted tax collections to artificially high levels, the drop since then is all the more dramatic. In fact, it is the biggest drop in America's tax burden for at least a century"...
Why We Must Never Abandon This Historic Struggle in Iraq
by Tony Blair
We are locked in a historic struggle in Iraq. On its outcome hangs more than the fate of the Iraqi people. Were we to fail, which we will not, it is more than 'the power of America' that would be defeated. The hope of freedom and religious tolerance in Iraq would be snuffed out. Dictators would rejoice; fanatics and terrorists would be triumphant. Every nascent strand of moderate Arab opinion, knowing full well that the future should not belong to fundamentalist religion, would be set back in bitter disappointment...
John Kerry's 'Tax the Rich' Mantra Won't Get the Jobs Done
by Amity Shlaes
...Pundits tend to talk about Kerry's tax plan in terms of the politics, and what it means to Bush. But the substance matters as well. The Kerry plan holds back the strivers — the people who inspire the rest of us by showing that class matters less than merit. So even as he talks of breaking down class walls, Kerry is reinforcing those walls. Even as he talks of growth, he is laying plans that would slow it. It doesn't get more inconsistent than that.
Before 9/11--and After
by Louis J. Freeh
...The fact that terrorism and the war being waged by al Qaeda was not even an issue in the 2000 presidential campaign strongly suggests that the political will to declare and fight this war didn't exist before Sept. 11...
Textbook Terror in a Visual Age
by Suzanne Fields
...America-bashing coincides with the proliferation of dumbed-down world history textbooks used in grades 6 through 12 in our public schools. The material our schoolchildren study is either diluted to emphasize trivia or edited with an eye to the politically correct, designed never to offend the lowest common sensitivity...

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Graham: We Had Same Info as Bush
by David Freddoso
Sen. Bob Graham (D.-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told HUMAN EVENTS May 21 [2002] that his committee had received all the same terrorism intelligence prior to September 11 as the Bush administration. "Yes, we had seen all the information," said Graham. "But we didn't see it on a single piece of paper, the way the President did." Graham added that threats of hijacking in an August 6 memo to President Bush were based on very old intelligence that the committee had seen earlier. "The particular report that was in the President's Daily Briefing that day was about three years old," Graham said. "It was not a contemporary piece of information"...
Raw Data: Text of Released PDB
Fox News
A redacted text of the presidential daily briefing from August 6, 2001: Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US

President's Easter Message
by George W. Bush
...we celebrate God's gift of freedom and His love that conquers death. For those who observe Easter, our faith brings confidence that good will overcome evil and that joy is everlasting...

Saturday, April 10, 2004

The Miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem
by Niels Christian Hvidt
"The Miracle of the Holy Fire" by Christians from the Orthodox Churches is known as "The greatest of all Christian miracles". It takes place every single year, on the same time, in the same manner, and on the same spot. No other miracle is known to occur so regularly and for such an extensive period of time; one can read about it in sources as old as from the eighth Century AD. The miracle happens in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, to millions of believers the holiest place on earth.
The Sad Paradox of Religion News
by L. Brent Bozell III
...In short, the media have taken a burst of passionate Christian enthusiasm for an orthodox movie, and responded with an increase of religion programming that too often dismisses rather than debates that very orthodox vision. When surveys of the national media have shown that half of journalists are religiously unaffiliated and 86 percent never attend church or synagogue, it’s not a surprise that they just don’t get it.

Friday, April 09, 2004

Mel Gibson's
Religion on TV News: More Content, Less Context
by Tim Graham
In recent months, a number of dramatic religious stories have unfolded, from religious freedom in Iraq, to the installation of an openly gay bishop to the religious and commercial phenomenon around Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ. To measure the upsurge in religion coverage in 2003 and the beginning of 2004, Media Research Center analysts surveyed every religion news story on ABC, CBS, and NBC news programs in the 12 months from March 1, 2003 through February 29, 2004. We then compared those numbers to MRC’s first religion news study of 1993...
How Times Have Changed
by Charles Krauthammer
...We now know that the secret to curing hunger and poverty is capitalism and free trade. We have seen that demonstrated irrefutably in East Asia, which has experienced the greatest alleviation of poverty in the history of man. In half a century, places like Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea have gone from subsistence to First World status. And now free markets and free trade are lifting tens of millions of people out of poverty in India and China...
Rice on the Record
OpinionJounral
...The key point here is that a 9/11 Commission interested in making a lasting contribution to U.S. security ought to be focusing on the need for pro-active policies at home and abroad rather than obsessing over the level of "urgency" within the pre-9/11 Bush Administration. "My greatest concern," Ms. Rice noted, "is that as September 11 recedes from memory, that we will begin to unlearn the lessons." Judging from yesterday's hearing, some people already have.
Stirring up the Fudge
by George F. Will
...The commission's public hearings give viewers a glimpse of the texture of institutional life within which presidents struggle to process information and defeat institutional inertia. The hearings frame a -- arguably, the -- great question of this election year: Both presidential candidates want to keep America safe, but which one has the attributes -- the world view and sheer orneriness -- needed to stir the fudge and make it flow?
NBC Trumps Rice With Anti-Bush Widows
Media Research Center
NBC and MSNBC allowed no pro-Bush mourners to express their feelings about Condi testimony...

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Raw Data: Full Hearing Transcript
Fox News
Full text of Condoleezza Rice's testimony today before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks.
Judicial 'Memogate' Extends to Kerry Campaign, Report Claims
by Robert B. Bluey
...Mazzella said the revelation that Kennedy's aides recommended delaying a confirmation hearing solely to influence the court's decision should trigger a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. "This scandal is quickly evolving into one of the most egregious in the history of the United States Senate," Mazzella said. "Given Senator Kennedy's active involvement in the Kerry campaign and Cahill's knowledge and possible involvement in 'Memogate,' Kerry should immediately and publicly address this issue"...
Analysis: A Mini-Tet Offensive in Iraq?
by Arnaud de Borchgrave
...Bui Tin, who served on the general staff of the North Vietnamese army, received South Vietnam's unconditional surrender on April 30, 1975. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal after his retirement, he made clear the anti-war movement in the United States, which led to the collapse of political will in Washington, was "essential to our strategy"...Visits to Hanoi by Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and various church ministers "gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses." America lost the war, concluded Bui Tin, "because of its democracy. Through dissent and protest it lost the ability to mobilize a will to win"...

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Panel to Reconsider Clarke Statements
by James G. Lakely
The September 11 commission will look at the discrepancy between the testimony of Richard A. Clarke that the Clinton administration considered the threat of al Qaeda "urgent" and its final national-security report to Congress, which gave the terror organization scant mention...
Eurabia?
by Niall Ferguson
...where will the new immigrants come from? It seems very likely that a high proportion will come from neighboring countries, and Europe's fastest-growing neighbors today are predominantly if not wholly Muslim. A youthful Muslim society to the south and east of the Mediterranean is poised to colonize -- the term is not too strong -- a senescent Europe. This prospect is all the more significant when considered alongside the decline of European Christianity...While the social and sexual freedoms that matter to such societies are antithetical to Muslim fundamentalism, their religious tolerance leaves these societies weak in the face of fanaticism...
Confronting the “Enemy Within”
The Rand Corporation
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation was widely criticized for failing to prevent the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and some U.S. policymakers reacted by proposing a new domestic intelligence service devoted solely to counterterrorism. To inform the debate, the RAND Corporation analyzed domestic intelligence agencies in four other democracies. While differences exist between the United States and the countries studied, the cases provide insights that could guide policymakers if they decide to establish such an agency in the United States...
Saddam's U.N. Financiers
OpinionJournal
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee opens hearings today on the Iraqi Oil for Food scandal, to be followed by the House later this month. We hope the Members are serious, because the unfortunate truth is that without pressure from the U.S. we'll never get to the murky bottom...
President Bush's Secret Weapon: His Wife
by Cal Thomas
...Laura Bush is the type of "kinder and gentler" person her father-in-law wished to see multiplied throughout the nation. She appeals to a sense of decency and fairness that has always been at the heart of America's sense of itself. The president would do well to get her out on the campaign trail and to give her a prominent speaking role at the Republican Convention this summer.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Why No Christian Suicide Bombers? And Other Thoughts on Islamic Terror
by Dennis Prager
Golly gee, Muslim terrorists tried to attack Madrid again. How can that be? Wasn't Muslim terror in Spain supposed to end once Spain appeased the terrorists by voting in the socialists? Only those who do not understand Muslim terror could fool themselves into believing that. So, to better understand the subject, I offer three conclusions I drew about terror during my week of broadcasting from Israel last month...
America's Restraint Encourages Iraqi Militants
by John O'Sullivan
...As usual when terrorists commit particularly wicked atrocities, the experts have a dozen different explanations but few solutions or none at all. Their main concern seems to be to advise that the United States should not "overreact." Yet the main explanation of these continuing atrocities may be that since its victory in the Iraq war a year ago, the United States has been so paralyzed by the fear of "overreacting" that it has actually invited resistance...
Iraq's Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves
U.S. Agency for International Development
...If these numbers prove accurate, they represent a crime against humanity surpassed only by the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Pol Pot's Cambodian killing fields in the 1970s, and the Nazi Holocaust of World War II.
Al Qaeda Absent From Final Clinton Report
by James G. Lakely
The final policy paper on national security that President Clinton submitted to Congress — 45,000 words long — makes no mention of al Qaeda and refers to Osama bin Laden by name just four times. The scarce references to bin Laden and his terror network undercut claims by former White House terrorism analyst Richard A. Clarke that the Clinton administration considered al Qaeda an "urgent" threat, while President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, "ignored" it...

Monday, April 05, 2004

Neoconservatives and the American Mainstream
by Zachary Selden
...Although there are notable exceptions, many European commentators and much of the public are resorting to conspiratorial theories to explain the direction of U.S. foreign policy and somehow overlook the fact that American public opinion runs in favor of the president’s handling of foreign affairs. Perhaps more important, however, they overlook the deep historical roots of the current direction of American foreign policy. It is not driven by a “neocon cabal.” Rather, it is that certain individuals associated with the neoconservative label have been particularly articulate in expressing a set of policies that flow from two ideas that resonate deeply in American public opinion...
In Search of the Good Life, Americans Misdirect Anger at Illegal Immigrants
by Ruben Navarrette, Jr.
...What I don't understand is why these angry Americans tend to direct that anger at the immigrants instead of at U.S. employers, who make out like bandits. Those who hire illegal immigrants reap the benefits of cheap labor while passing the health care cost for the laborers onto taxpayers...
American Christians Don't Threaten Jews
by Aryeh Spero
...The heads of American Jewish organizations ignited this world-wide controversy by implying that American Christians are but one movie away from attacking their Jewish neighbors. Now that the evidence is in, will they apologize?

Sunday, April 04, 2004

2004 Polly Awards
Collegiate Network
Sex Week at Yale? Student Funds Stolen at Berkeley? Fake Hate Crimes at Northwestern? Outrageous, or Just Another Day on Campus? Collegiate Network announces 7th annual Campus Outrage Awards...
U.S. Economy is Fine: The Only Thing Faltering is Media Objectivity
by Jack Kelly
...It's understandable why Democrats wish to accentuate the negative. But it is the job of journalists to report all pertinent facts, not just those helpful to Democrats. It's time they did it.
The Beleaguered Christians of the Palestinian-Controlled Areas
by David Raab
...[The Christian] population is rapidly dwindling, however, and not solely as a result of the difficult military and economic situation of the past two years. Rather, there are numerous indications that the Christian population is beleaguered due to its Christianity. Taken in context of the condition of Christians in other Middle Eastern countries, this picture is especially credible and troubling...

Friday, April 02, 2004

Hamas Leaders' Own Children Deprived of Their 72 Virgins
by Ike Seamans
...Despite sanctifying suicide, Hamas' top brass wouldn't dream of sacrificing themselves, not even for the 72 virgins they tell gullible victims are waiting for them in Paradise. Further, Hamas leaders do everything possible to ensure that their own children are not sent on self-destructive escapades...
Fallujah: A Reminder of What the Future Might Look Like if We Fail
by Christopher Hitchens
...Fallujah is a reminder, not just of what Saddamism looks like, or of what the future might look like if we fail, but of what the future held before the Coalition took a hand.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Federal Regulations Pump up Gasoline Prices
by Ben Lieberman
...A major overhaul of the Clean Air Act's gasoline requirements is long overdue, but even if one is not in the cards, Congress could at least make a few small changes to streamline the regulatory burden. A good place to start is with those requirements—and there are several—that not only add to the cost of gas but have failed to do any good environmentally...
Will the Bishops Confront Kerry?
by Terence Jeffrey
...Kerry has voted against banning partial-birth abortion, against allowing a straight up-or-down vote to ban human cloning, and against the Defense of Marriage Act...he favors recognizing "civil unions" as the functional equivalent of marriage...which, of course, makes him no different than many other liberal Catholics who have run for office in recent decades...But two new factors have arisen in this election cycle...
Adolescents Who Take Virginity Pledges Have Lower Rates of Out-of-Wedlock Births
by Kirk A. Johnson
Young women who take a virginity pledge are about 40 percent less likely to have a child out of wedlock when compared to similar young women who do not make such a pledge, according to recently released data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health...
A Message for Fallujah
by Peggy Noonan
The world is used to bad news and always has been, but now and then there occurs something so brutal, so outside the normal limits of what used to be called man's inhumanity to man, that you have to look away. Then you force yourself to look and see and only one thought is possible: This must stop now. You wonder, how can we do it? And your mind says, immediately: Whatever it takes...