The latest liberal talking point gracing leftist editorial pages, selected Democratic press conferences and elite intellectual circles is that President Bush has presided over a colossal failure of diplomacy leading to America's military strike against Iraq.
As war unfolds, Iraqi sleeper cells and al Qaeda operatives aren't the only threats we face on the domestic front. Homegrown environmental radicals cast their own fatwah on America this week. And they're not just talking about lighting tea candles while they sing Bob Dylan tunes in their Birkenstocks.
Say what you will about this conflict, it makes for riveting television. I spent pretty much all of the first day of the war glued to the tube.
Usually an American president doesn't take a swipe at a predecessor when announcing that the country has gone to war. That, however, was the unmistakable impression left when President Bush told the nation on Wednesday that the war in Iraq wouldn't involve "half-measures."
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's untimely criticism of President Bush on failed diplomacy with Iraq - coming on the brink of U.S. soldiers entering battle with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein - generated more than 100 angry letters from readers of this column.
Between late-season snowstorms, unusually cold weather, energy spikes, red/orange alerts and the Baghdad war itself, no one can say for sure what the true condition of the American economy is -- and we may not get a decent handle on this question for another month or two.
The sexual revolution that liberated women from kitchen sinks and broom closets has revived the sleeping male chauvinist, and just when we thought it was safe to go back into the bedroom, here come new psychological crises of sexual identity.
So far as I have been able to ascertain, I am the only syndicated columnist to take issue with the Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee now claiming that President George W. Bush's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Miguel Estrada, is Hispanic.
The son will accomplish the task in consort with key colleagues from the first Bush administration - notably Secretary of State Colin Powell, the self-described "reluctant warrior" who was the father's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
But today's imperative is that the United States win this war we are in with as little bloodshed as is consistent with swift and certain victory, and make good on our commitment to liberate the Iraqis. The time for debate will come again. It is not now. Now, we should pray for our brave men and women, and commander in chief. God bless and keep America.
You would think that in a war on terrorism, as America moved to invade Iraq, and as the nation shifted in and out of Code Orange terror alerts, the federal government would make certain to secure our aircraft carriers, the place where we launch our space shuttles, and our largest nuclear missile base.
It's time the United States considers quitting the United Nations. In the past, only the right-wing fringe argued for pulling out of the U.N., which, after all, was created in 1945, not only with the United States' blessing, but largely at our urging.
"Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies. ... None of the four wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong. It is weakness ... that invites adventurous adversaries to make mistaken judgments." -- former President Ronald Reagan
As the deadline for Iraq to disarm approaches, the public has been subjected to shrill cries that a war will undercut Bush's economic stimulus package and drag down the world economy. As Democratic fear-mongering goes, this is about par.
President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair - both stalwarts in urging the United Nations to live up to its numerous resolutions on Iraq - changed the subject for a moment last week by announcing their support for a "road map" they say can bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The officials of some U.S. state universities and colleges and even some state legislators seem to think they can get by with openly disobeying federal law.
A teacher of Speech 106 at Citrus College instructed her students in a required course to write letters to President Bush "demanding" that he not go to war with Iraq. Students who declined, or wrote letters in support of the president and the reasoning for war, were denied extra credit.
There is some debate in Washington and the media over income-tax rate cuts. Some people aren't sure how rate cuts affect economic growth, and there are still many elected officials -- especially the Democrats -- who don't think tax cuts work at all.
In between consulting with agents and giving each other awards for their mastery of deceit, also known as acting, Hollywood stars are worrying their heads silly about suffering the consequences of their actions as real people.
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