White House aides and leading Republicans in Congress debated among themselves last week whether President Bush should address a joint session of Congress to report on the U.S. military victory in Iraq, as his father did following Desert Storm in 1991.
Media organizations from CNN to the New York Times have all recently admitted to years of lying about conditions in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. They explain that they faced either losing "access" or subjecting their Iraqi employees – and, of more relevancy, themselves – to Saddam's torture chambers.
Before you cry buckets over the poor, abused tots at Gitmo, let's make one thing clear: We are not talking about hordes of peace-loving, cherubic grade-schoolers (like the kind who were freed from Saddam's prisons by American troops).
Contrary to left-leaning concerns that the United States will "occupy" Iraq, the U.S. Agency for International Development expects its involvement in rebuilding the nation to last only one to two years, compared with an expected 10 to 20 years in Afghanistan.
The Baseball Hall of Fame recently disinvited Hollywood couple Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon and cancelled its celebration to honor the 15th anniversary of the movie "Bull Durham." Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey, the former assistant press secretary under Ronald Reagan, feared a divisive and uncomfortable Robbins/Sarandon speech injected with their antiwar sentiments.
In the Laci Peterson murder case, the National Organization for Women is beating a hasty retreat. Over the weekend, Mavra Stark, head of the Morris County, N.J., chapter of NOW, publicly objected to the double-murder charge filed in this case:
Was the bias against religious speech in general – or against Christianity in particular? This question begs to be answered considering the recent attempts to punish and censor Secretary of Education Rod Paige over his recent remarks in an interview with the Baptist Press.
Last week's Washington tempest blew in when Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said that if the Supreme Court in a pending case rules that homosexual practice is constitutionally protected, "then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."
The president surprised us all by casually announcing that he intended to reappoint Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve. A few Bush loyalists had wanted to replace Greenspan simply because he was unsupportive of the president's efforts to speed-up tax cuts scheduled for 2004-2006.
Princeton professor James M. McPherson's recent arguments for affirmative action, in a newsletter to members of the American Historical Association, makes many sweeping assertions and implicit assumptions that need not even be challenged to show the shakiness of his arguments.
Why is it that Michael Jordan earns $33 million a year and I don't even earn one-half of one percent of that? I can play basketball, but my problem is with my fellow man, who'd plunk down $200 to see Jordan play and wouldn't pay a dollar to see me play.
After the action comes the after-action reports -- what the Pentagon calls lessons learned, and what the State Department calls business as usual (BAU). But at State, BAU is likely to become CYA if my old boss, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, has anything to say about it.
It's truly precious how members of the antiwar left, whose superior consciences bade them to oppose war in Iraq because they really cared about the lives of U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, are now bemoaning the lack of pre-emptive U.S. military force to protect Baghdad's national museum.
With the end of war, the United States is now working rapidly to restore civil administration in Iraq and get its economy moving again. A key issue will be the Iraqi tax system, which cannot wait until all the questions about Iraq’s form of government are worked out.
You just knew that they'd find some reason to bewail U.S. conduct. The United States has just achieved one of the cleanest and most humane military triumphs in the history of warfare -- toppling a vicious dictator while simultaneously tending to the needs of the civilian population.
Parents are laughing at the intolerance of the zero tolerance rules that have been instituted in so many public schools. Laughing, that is, unless it is their own sons who are victimized by policies that seem to lack common sense.
Overcoming adversity is one of our great desires and one of our great sources of pride. But it is something that our anointed deep thinkers strive to eliminate from our lives, through everything from grade inflation to the welfare state.
A president of Europe who can stand up to the President of the United States is the brainchild of Tony Blair. And Blair's eyes are on the prize, come 2006. But his dilemma is this: The price of his becoming president of Europe is surrender of his country's sovereignty.
The stock market rallied -- at least temporarily -- as it heard the president's firm commitment to not only protecting America from foreign terrorist dangers, but to fighting hard for a tax-cut package that will grow the economy, increase investment and create new jobs.
Travelling through the Orient on his Easter recess, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist cannot be enjoying himself if he appreciates the intensity of two Republican critics back in Washington: freshman Sen. Lindsey Graham and House Majority Whip Roy Blunt.
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