Tag Archives: obama

Thinking Through Our Syrian Options


Peter Wehner, CommentaryThe list of mistakes by Mr. Obama includes, but is by no means limited to, declaring two years ago that Assad must go (and doing nothing to achieve that end); declaring one year ago that if Syria used chemical weapons it would …

Like Wilson, Obama Pursues a Noble Mission


Bill Scher, The Week
As President Obama moves toward launching military strikes against the Syrian regime, some have been quick to charge him with hypocritically following in the footsteps of the president he long sought to repudiate: George W. Bush.Ron Pau

Obama’s Unseriousness Has Been Exposed


Bryan Preston, PJ Media1. Failure to consult Congress. The Obama administration has built no consensus among Congress for any kind of strike. Generalissimo Pelosi wants a strike, but beyond her there is very little appetite for any U.S. action. Democr…

Colleges Are Headed for a Reckoning

Charles Lane, Washington PostPresident Obama deserves credit for using his bully pulpit to address the crisis in college affordability. Especially admirable is his insistence that institutions must control their costs, instead of jacking up t…

Why Won’t Obama Visit North Dakota?

Amy Harder, National Journal
DICKINSON, N.D.—North Dakota is like an overachieving child who attracts the attention of everyone—except Dad.The oil boom taking over western North Dakota and transforming America’s energy landscape has prom

Obama’s Good Middle East Report Card


Aaron David Miller, LA Times
Think the United States is fairing badly in the Middle East? Convinced that our policy is chaotic, confused and contradictory, from North Africa to the Persian Gulf?Think again. It may not be politically correct to admit it, but

The Syrian Question


Dexter Filkins, The New YorkerThis time it’s different. For months, Bashar al-Assad, in Syria, has been suspected of using chemical weapons against the rebels who are trying to remove him, in violation of international treaties and …

Demographic Shifts May Help Virginia Dems

John Harwood, NY TimesBut despite President Obama’s tepid job approval ratings, Democrats have a shot at breaking that rule this November. Some polls show the Democratic nominee, Terry McAuliffe, with a narrow lead over Kenneth T. Cuccinelli…

White House: Transparency Transhmarency

Lloyd Grove, Daily BeastAt a time when Obama communications specialists seem to have grown accustomed to attempting to make reporters accessories to White House message-control in return for granting access to policymakers, the Post stiffened its spin…

MSNBC Has Full Deck of Race Cards

Jonah Goldberg, National Review
“Why do they seem so determined to also make it racial?”So asks Joy-Ann Reid, the managing editor of The Grio, a web magazine owned by NBC News whose mission is to “focus on news and events that have a uni

The Right’s Obsession With Black Crime

Brian Beutler, SalonThere are a few black people up to no good in this country and Fox News is on it! So is Drudge Report. Vigilantly on the lookout, 24 hours a day, for stories about black youths behaving badly.This isn’t a particularly new…

Obama’s Higher-Ed Power Grab

Paul Mirengoff, Power Line
While the first elements of Obama’s plan is merely unnecessary, the second element"”tying federal assistance to the federal rating system"”strikes me as pernicious.

Republicans Are Losing August

Taegan Goddard, The Week
A new Gallup poll finds the summer has once again not been kind to President Obama, with his approval rate dipping yet again. In fact, August has historically been the worst month for his approval rating throughout his presidency.Bu

Reality Versus Mirages in Egypt

Thomas Sowell, Investor’s Business Daily
Nothing symbolizes the Utopianism of our times like both liberals and some conservatives calling for us to cut off aid to the Egyptian military, because of the widespread killings in what is becoming a civil war in E

2013 Races Will Turn on Personal Factors


Michael Barone, DC Examiner
Sometimes off-year elections provide insight into national political trends and voters’ views on issues. That was true in 2009, when the issues in the governor elections in New Jersey and Virginia were congruent with the issues f

President Obama and the Drone Wars


Mark Bowden, The AtlanticConsider David. The shepherd lad steps up to face in single combat the Philistine giant Goliath. Armed with only a slender staff and a slingshot, he confronts a fearsome warrior clad in a brass helmet and chain mail, wielding …

The Debate Obama Never Wanted


Major Garrett, National Journal
Edward Snowden has put words in President Obama’s mouth. Words like transparency, reform, openness, and debate.This is not necessarily cause for celebration or condemnation. It is, however, a fact. That the White House refuse

Eric Holder’s Urgent Sense of Justice


Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian
Only Obama’s most vicious critics deny him the singular accomplishment that, in a way, he shares with the country as a whole: he’s the first black president. Nothing can take that away from him, or from us; it’s a point of pride