Reagan Would Not Support Obama on Libya

For some conservatives, the most sacred initials in policymaking are WWRRD: What Would Ronald Reagan Do? Whenever America encounters a situation similar to one faced by the Gipper, they say the proper course is to follow his lead. Barack Obama’s undeclared war in Libya is such a situation, but I’m afraid Republicans are drawing the wrong analogy. When Libyan rebels rose up against Muammar … [Read more...]

Demonizing Panetta’s CIA

The letter seven members of the House Intelligence Committee signed and promptly released to the media is at once blatant lobbying for an amendment that would expand Congressional access to classified intelligence and a potent example of its dangers. When the majority of Democrats on the most sensitive committee in Congress are disposed to leak a briefing in order to stigmatize the CIA, it is a … [Read more...]

An American Renaissance Man

On Saturday evening, the physical life of Jack Kemp came to an end, but his contributions to American political and intellectual life have never been more timely. An advocate of a strong economy, missile defense, and broadening the base of the Republican Party by including minorities, Kemp’s past may prove the conservative movement’s prologue. A man as forward-looking as Kemp would appreciate … [Read more...]

Even a Broken Clock….

A day after Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez cited Noam Chomsky and called President Bush “the devil”during a speech at the United Nations, he took to a church in Harlem, where he regaled a fawning crowd including Danny Glover and perhaps the second most feted professor in academia, Democratic Socialists of America member Cornell West. Most critics of Chavez’s UN speech centered on his … [Read more...]

A Failed Former President

The only thing more painful than listening to Jimmy Carter lecture President Bush on how to conduct a successful presidency was living through his disastrous attempt to turn his advice into reality. As I noted earlier this week, Carter has channeled his hatred of non-leftists, secular and religious, into a glut of slanders in his new bestseller, Our Endangered Values. He charges his … [Read more...]

Farewell, Chairman Bill

I am proud to say this article was read by William F. Buckley Jr. personally. Upon reading it, he sent a very kind personal letter to me, which remains one of my most cherished possessions. This article was excerpted in the August 9, 2004, hard copy issue of National Review. An edited online version may be seen here, although in the print copy, mine was the first article excerpted. We reprinted … [Read more...]