9:32 AM, Dec 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's statement condemning the mass murder in a Pakistan school fails to blame the perpetrators, the Taliban. Here's Obama's full statement:
7:34 AM, Dec 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom joined former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York
4:11 PM, Dec 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
President Obama will mark the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan by welcoming home service members in New Jersey on Monday.
10:38 AM, Dec 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Video from the siege in Sydney, Australia, as the hostage crisis appears to be over:
9:02 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tony Abbott, the prime minister of Ausralia, urged Australians to go about business as usual, despite the ongoing hostage situation at a cafe in Sydney:
Abbott called it a "disturbing incident," and said his thoughts and prayers are with the individuals "caught up" in this situation.
7:53 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Australian prime minister Tony Abbott says that "The National Security Committee of Cabine has ... convened for briefings on the situation" a "reported hostage taking incident in Martin Place in Sydney."
"New South Wales police and the Australian federal police are currently responding to a reported hostage-taking incident in Martin Place in Sydney," reads Abbott's statement.
I have spoken with NSW premier Mike Baird and offered him all possible Commonwealth support and assistance.
4:40 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I hereby nominate Dick Cheney's answer to Chuck Todd's question about a United Nations official who's called for the criminal prosecution of U.S. interrogators, as the 2014 Sunday Show Answer of the Year:
CHENEY: I have little respect for the United Nations, or for this individual, who doesn't have a clue and had absolutely no responsibility for safeguarding this nation and going after the bastards that killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11.
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:15 PM, Dec 12, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the CIA, the Senate report, and enhanced interrogation techniques.
Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook was thrilled to learn that the U.S. Navy finally has a fully operational laser—and, no, not the kind we’ve been using for years with guidance systems, but rather an actual laser weapon.
Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES and THOMAS JOSCELYN
For most of last week, the report on enhanced interrogations produced by Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence dominated headlines. To the extent that there was a debate at all, it was one-sided. News coverage routinely described the findings as the “Senate torture report,” often failing even to note that it was written exclusively by Democratic staff or account for the differences between techniques used as part of the CIA program and abuses committed outside of that program.
The evolution of Ali Khamenei from sensitive lover of Western literature to enforcer of Islamic revolutionary orthodoxyDec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By ALI ALFONEH and REUEL MARC GERECHT
The Blind Man’s friend: Don’t suffer because of the past. You censored books for the sake of God. . . . What is
it you are taking?
The Blind Man: Valium. I’m taking it to forget everything, even God.
And the ruble is in free-fall.Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By CATHY YOUNG
A year ago, Ukraine’s “Euro-maidan” protests, spurred by then-president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to reject a promised trade agreement with the European Union and rush into the well-paid embrace of Vladimir Putin, began to escalate in Kiev, turning to violent clashes with government forces. A Ukrainian revolution, a Russian land grab, and months of undeclared war later, we still don’t know whether these events signaled the beginning of a revival of Russian power or the beginning of the end of the Putin regime.
The populist backlash against immigration and the EU superstate continues. Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By DOMINIC GREEN
"The winner,” ABBA advised in 1980, “takes it all. The loser has to fall.” But not in Swedish politics, where proportional representation has created a smorgasbord of parties and has now contributed to a crisis of democracy.
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