EDITORIAL

Release and Cover up

The most transparent administration in history withholds national security information.

BY STEPHEN F. HAYES

Release and Cover up

On May 1, 2009, Republican senator Christopher Bond wrote to President Obama with questions about the handling of detainees from Guantánamo Bay. Bond, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was concerned about reports that an increasing number of transferred detainees were going “back to the battlefield to kill American soldiers.” He asked a series of specific questions about the detainees and the process for releasing or transferring them.

Almost a full year later, on ...

The Bully Party

The Bully Party

When bipartisan debate fails, Dems fall back on a knuckle-sandwich approach to politics.

BY MATTHEW CONTINETTI

The omens are everywhere. Iran is close to obtaining nuclear ...

ARTICLES

Advice to Graduates

Sleep through the commencement speech.

BY ANDREW FERGUSON

Advice to Graduates

The sunlit season of college commencement has been darkened this year with news of plagiarism. The school paper at Connecticut College, the College Voice, reported last month that one of the speakers at last year’s commencement, a graduating senior called Peter St. John, wowed his audience with a speech that had been lifted paragraph by paragraph from another commencement address given at Duke in 2008 by the writer Barbara Kingsolver. 

The incident raises all the usual grisly plagiarism questions, some easier to answer than others. Ask why St. John stole another person’s words, and the answer is obvious: He couldn’t come up with a speech on his own, so in a display of bad character, he took what ...

Not Your Father’s FDR

Not Your Father’s FDR

A comparison that does Obama no favors.

BY FRED BARNES

In the famous first 100 days of Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency in 1933, legislation creating the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the ...

Back to the Afghan Future

Back to the Afghan Future

The return of the Gurkhas.

BY ANUP KAPHLE and GRAEME WOOD

 

Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan

The Beach House Bailout

The Beach House Bailout

Another terrible idea from the folks who brought you Obamacare.

BY ELI LEHRER

Those who think the federal government needs even more debt and more responsibilities will love Florida Democrat Ron Klein’s Homeowners’ Defense Act. Everyone else should treat ...

Ecocide: a Crime Against Peace?

Ecocide: a Crime Against Peace?

Just when you thought the environmental ­movement couldn’t get worse.

BY WESLEY J. SMITH

Environmentalism is growing increasingly antihuman. Having left Teddy Roosevelt-style conservation and Earth Day consciousness-raising behind, the cutting edge of the movement is ...

FEATURES

Gen. ‘Stonewall’ Holder

The Obama Justice Department—most opaque ever?

BY JENNIFER RUBIN

Gen. ‘Stonewall’ Holder

Attorneys who formerly represented al Qaeda members detained at Guantánamo now labor at the Justice Department representing the United States and shaping policy regarding treatment of those detainees. Yet the attorney general refuses to disclose the names of those who worked closely on detainee matters before joining the Obama administration.

In mid March in Senate testimony, Attorney General Eric Holder (whose former law firm Covington & Burling likes to tout its work for Guantánamo detainees and who personally filed an amicus brief on behalf of attempted “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla, which he failed to disclose at his confirmation hearings) proclaimed in response to a request from ...

American Oligarchy

American Oligarchy

Don’t expect real reform from the Wall Street Democrats.

BY CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL

"Now, the Senate Republican leader, he paid a visit to Wall ...

Diplomatic Negligence

Diplomatic Negligence

The Obama administration fumbles relations with India

BY DANIEL TWINING

In 1998, President Bill Clinton flew over Japan without stopping on his way to spend nine days in China. This led to acute concern in Tokyo over “Japan passing”—the belief that ...

Books & Arts

In Vino Veritas

Keeping up with the connoisseurs

BY MICHAEL ANDERSON

In Vino Veritas

 

Corkscrewed

Adventures in the New French
Wine Country
by Robert V. Camuto
Nebraska, 212 pp., $24.95

Liquid Memory

Spies Like Us

Spies Like Us

Chapter and verse on Moscow’s campaign to subvert America

BY RONALD RADOSH

Spies

On the Circuit

On the Circuit

Francis Asbury was the tireless face of Methodism in America

BY MARK TOOLEY

American Saint

Biennial Bland

Accentuating the positive at the Whitney

BY JAMES GARDNER

At this late date in the history of  Western civilization, bashing the Whitney Biennial is such an inveterate habit among art critics that even to acknowledge the fact, as I have ...

New York Story

New York Story

Not quite the ‘sharp little movie about ordinary people.’

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

City ...

CASUAL

Why Cry Over Split Milk?

BY JOSEPH EPSTEIN

Why Cry Over Split Milk?

I was reading along in an article in the New York Times Magazine about a woman who reacted to being fired from a rather cushy job by working out her depression through overeating, when I came upon the following sentence: “I put the plate of peanut better, a half bottle of wine, a glass and a linen napkin on a tray and climbed back to my bedroom.” Ah, thought I, “peanut better, what can be butter?” 

Why do people take such pleasure in discovering typographical errors—typos, in the trade term—especially in putatively august publications? I confess I do. Is there a touch of Schadenfreude in it? Not so much “see how the mighty have fallen” as “see how sloppy, sadly ...

SCRAPBOOK

Scuttle the USS Murtha

 

Every now and then the congressional habit of naming federal programs and structures—buildings, aircraft carriers, courthouses, grants and scholarships, military installations—after members of Congress is not such a good idea. The Scrapbook remembers with fondness, for example, the 1977 bribery case against former Rep. Edward A. Garmatz, D‑Md., which was prosecuted in the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Courthouse in Baltimore. (The charges were eventually dropped when a witness proved unreliable.) Now the Navy might be about to perpetrate a similar embarrassment.

That’s because Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Democratic congressman and governor of Mississippi, has decided to name a new San Antonio-class ...

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