Michael Fumento

Posted June 11, 2007

“This war is winnable.” I can’t say how often during my recent embed in the southern Afghanistan Province of Zabul, just north and east of Kandahar, I heard officers and noncoms say that. Implicit is that it's also losable; but what they really mean is winnable in comparison to Iraq.

Posted March 30, 2007

The process by which Sony’s new game console is going to help fight disease has been around for years and this very moment (or rather, when you finish this article) you can become a part of this effort making use not of something you almost certainly don’t have but rather something you do have – your PC.

Posted March 29, 2007

The fatter we become the greater our desire to blame that fatness on something –anything – other than eating too much and moving too little.

Posted March 22, 2007

John Edwards, being neither a woman nor a racial minority, isn't doing especially well in his campaign to become the Democratic Party's candidate for the U.S. presidency. But if he were half as successful in campaigning for America's top job as he was as a trial lawyer, he might be sworn in tomorrow.

Posted March 08, 2007

Most people would rather suffer a jaw’s worth of root canals than go to Iraq. Most reporters, too. But there are a tiny number who actually feel the need to do so – even to the extent that they're willing to pay all their own expenses in the hope, but nothing more – of recovering part or all of those expenses through donations and selling articles about their experiences.

Posted March 01, 2007

It was one bullet point, just two sentences in the Democrats' 31-page "New Direction for America" document released last June: In order to "Defeat terrorists and stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction, we will . . . . Double the size of our Special Forces"

Posted January 18, 2007

Our pooches are growing paunches at an alarming rate. Five percent of the over 60 million dogs in this country are considered obese, meaning at least 20 percent over ideal weight. Almost a third more are considered overweight. So do we simply feed them less food, healthier food, or exercise them more? Don’t be silly! Instead the FDA has approved a new liquid doggie drug from Pfizer called Slentrol that’s supposed to block fat absorption and reduce appetite.

Posted December 13, 2006

I only heard Marine Major Megan McClung yell once, but it was righteous anger. It was at Camp Ramadi headquarters outside of the city proper and away from the hostilities.

Posted November 30, 2006

The U.S. assault on Fallujah in November 2004, widely perceived as the greatest coalition victory of the Iraq war, ended enemy control over the city. But advance notice of the attack meant that most of the fighters killed were probably seeking martyrdom.

Posted November 14, 2006

The number of embeds in Iraq is so small it’s grotesque. During the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, more than 600 reporters, TV crews and photographers were embedded with Coalition Forces, according to the Associated Press. Last year, during the vote to ratify a new constitution, there were 114. At the end of September, there only 11 and one of them was me.

Posted October 19, 2006

Nine years ago, I predicted that lawn mowers would one day fall victim to onerous and unnecessary EPA air pollution standards, despite Clinton EPA administrator Carol Browner having stated in sworn testimony to Congress in 1997 that such regulations are "not about outdoor barbecues and lawn mowers."

Posted September 14, 2006

Starting in early 2002, firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center on that awful day the previous September began reporting what became labeled "World Trade Center Cough."

Posted September 07, 2006

The fierce public debate over killing human embryos to create lines of embryonic stem cells is over; tout fini; THE END.

Posted August 23, 2006

Calls for prevention highlighted the opening day of the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto. Alas, it’s too late.

Posted August 09, 2006

Depression saps the life from you, so thoroughly destroying hope and happiness that you can’t even imagine why somebody else might smile or laugh.

Posted July 20, 2006

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) receive tremendous media attention, with oft-repeated claims that they have the potential to cure virtually every disease known.

Posted July 06, 2006

The report from Families USA claims insurers participating in the Medicare Part D passed on increases for 19 of the top 20 drugs to program participants, which now number about 33 million.

Posted June 29, 2006

The claim is that the science has now overwhelmingly proved that smoke from others' cigarettes can kill you. Actually, "debate over" simply means: "If you have your doubts, shut up!"

Posted June 15, 2006

Like the Wicked Witch of the East a house fell on him, or in on him anyway.

Posted June 01, 2006

This just in! New study shows little kids watch lots of TV!