So when I say that the last thing Iraq needs is democracy, I don't mean it shouldn't have it, I mean elections should be the last on a long list of priorities for Iraq. Without law, order and civil society, democracy is mobocracy.
Peter Jennings and the New York Times couldn't get enough of the looting stories out of Iraq. But they couldn't care less about a massive, systematic looting scheme here at home that is robbing America's schoolchildren and rank-and-file teachers blind.
It's good to be home. After covering Operation Iraqi Freedom for more than two months for Fox News Channel, Radio America and this column, I've now had the opportunity to reflect on what my colleagues and I saw and how it was reported, and see some of the effects of that reporting back here at home.
The Bush administration is rapidly losing control of the tax legislative process. Its unwillingness to acknowledge that its plan needed to be totally rethought once a $350 billion revenue loss cap was imposed in the Senate has created an anarchic situation in Congress. There is now a danger that Congress may pass a bill that is worse than doing nothing.
The president fervently believes that the faith-based community offers something that is indispensable-—that is, the power of the Gospel to change destructive behavior. It's the only way we are going to stop the carnage: 40,000 Africans a week dying from AIDS.
Martha Burk of the National Council of Women's Organizations recently protested the Augusta National Golf Club's failure, so far, to admit any females.
Politics is all about polarities. Republican vs. Democrat, conservative vs. liberal, right vs. left, hard thinking vs. soft thinking. The labels are pervasive, but the ground frequently shifts, requiring a new prefix to freshen up the label.
In the '70s, the late Arthur Okun devised the "misery index" -- simply adding together the inflation rate and the unemployment rate. It still remains a handy device for summarizing the overall economic discomfort of American citizens.
Among the radiating effects of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which opened here along the Mall 10 years ago, is the story of how Harry re-met Hanne. The friendship of Harry Ettlinger, now 77, and Hanne Hirsch, now 78, was interrupted for 64 years by war and genocide.
Prayer came to public schools in Texas on April 30. Third-graders who did not pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) in March had to retake the test that day, and many were probably asking God for guidance about which answer to mark.
The civil liberties Chicken Littles are after John Ashcroft again. This week, some of the nation's top editorial writers accused the attorney general of "overkill" (Washington Post), "overreaction" (Chicago Tribune), and "throw(ing) away the key" (Rocky Mountain, Colo., News).
AP spent a week promoting this fraction of Santorum's interview: "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, 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."
The New York Times in yet another editorial rant against a Bush federal judge nominee shows why we cannot entrust the Constitution to liberals. They view it not as an institutional safeguard to our liberties, but as an instrument to advance their political agenda.
Having finished hazardous duty as an armchair military strategist (at least until our troops in the Middle East get a little R&R and get resupplied), I am ready to switch to another well-upholstered station and offer up some thoughts as an armchair diplomatic strategist.
Because it detected an increase in third country nationals, including Pakistanis and Palestinians, attempting to sneak into the United States from Haiti, and because it feared that lax immigration enforcement would lead to a new boatlift from that country, the State Department recently urged the White House to adopt a policy of detaining illegal aliens arriving by boat from Haiti until they could be deported or granted asylum.
And they're off! As the race officially began Monday for artists to register and submit designs for the World Trade Center Memorial, a fiery fax campaign was under way to protest guidelines that prohibit designs from distinguishing between heroes and victims.
." The reaction to Newt Gingrich's recent, scathing critique of the State Department's conduct of diplomacy in recent months, however, seems closer to the gruesome punishment of "drawing and quartering" -- in which the victim's arms and legs were chained to, and then pulled apart by, four horses.
President Bush’s plan to eliminate the double taxation of corporate profits, by exempting dividends from taxation, appears to be on life support. Even before his tax package was reduced from $726 billion to $550 billion in the House and $350 billion in the Senate, the proposal was in trouble.
Alan Brady of Santa Cruz carried a flag emblazoned with a snake that read, "Don't tread on me." He was part of a double-digit size crowd that turned out to support a lawsuit filed by the Santa Cruz Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) against the federal government.