As Congress and the president move us closer to war, opponents of military action become more desperate in their insistence that toppling Saddam is not only dumb, criminal and immoral, but pretty much everything else bad you can imagine.
So Sen. Robert Torricelli bows out in disgrace. As I watched his 30-minute farewell address and testimonial to himself, his wolfish head bent over the microphones, his dark eyes suspiciously darting from one camera to the other, I was reminded of Virginia Woolf's old line, "He's not as nice as he looks."
Professor John McWhorter, a black faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley, has made a suggestion that is explosive in itself and directly the opposite of what is being said by those who are seeking to promote lower college admissions standards for blacks through affirmative action.
The Democratic leadership is in a state of perpetual feigned outrage over charges that Democrats are soft on defense and national security. Until they muzzle their cast of characters the charges will continue -- and they should.
Years ago, while doing research on education and IQ, I happened to be in the principal's office at a black school in Cincinnati, as he was preparing to open a large brown envelope containing the results of IQ tests that his students had taken.
When one sees two of one's enemies fighting, there is often a temptation to cheer for both sides. But the reality is that our enemies are seldom equal in their power or loathsomeness. In most cases, one of the two is far more dangerous.
Not since Jane Fonda posed for photographers at a Hanoi antiaircraft gun has there been anything like Rep. Jim McDermott, speaking to ABC's ``This Week'' from Baghdad, saying Americans should take Saddam Hussein at his word, but should not take President Bush at his.
Some readers of this column view the clash of political parties as meaningless.
Unfortunate typo in that letter to the United Nations, wasn't it? You know the letter: the one from Iraq about how "pleased" the ol' fulcrum of the Evil Axis was to open the country to roving teams of U.N. weapons inspectors "without conditions."
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