5:42 PM, Jun 30, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The crisis in Greece remains … a crisis. After five years, during which time everyone who was paying attention said it was a crisis. And, of course, the crisis went unresolved. The end game may come soon but, then, who knows? But there seems to be a consensus of sorts building around the idea that it would be a bad thing if Greece were to leave the Eurozone. Bad for whom, one asks. The Greeks are in the Eurozone at present and it certainly hasn’t been good to them. Whatever their own sins – and they have been many – it is hard to see where membership is making their lives better. No money and no jobs, with a future that seems to come down to more pain.
The fault may not be with Greece so much as the whole enterprise of putting it into the eurozone with the Euro as common currency. This project was doomed from the start, as Milton Friedman said at the time. He appears, once more, to have called it.
If Greece does leave, we are told, then the whole enterprise may be in jeopardy. Which the global managers and bureaucrats cannot tolerate. Which is why, this afternoon, the U.S. Treasury Secretary:
… urged European leaders to find a solution to Greece’s debt crisis so that the country can remain within the eurozone,
Well, they had five years from the time they started noticing there was a problem. They put their best brains on it and they tried a number of fixes. Which seem to have a) postponed the day of reckoning and b) made things worse.
Maybe it is time to just let Greece go and if the Euro dies … well, nice try.
9:10 AM, Feb 26, 2015 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
The crisis between the United States and Israel has been manufactured by the Obama administration. Building a crisis up or down is well within the administration’s power, and it has chosen to build it up. Why? Three reasons: to damage and defeat Netanyahu (whom Obama has always disliked simply because he is on the right while Obama is on the left) in his election campaign, to prevent Israel from affecting the Iran policy debate in the United States, and worst of all to diminish Israel’s popularity in the United States and especially among Democrats.
3:10 PM, Dec 22, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry used the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Indian Ocean region as a reminder about climate change. The earthquake released huge walls of water that inundated a number of coastal regions in both Asia and Africa just before Christmas in 2004. Kerry recalls hearing the news:
9:31 AM, Dec 18, 2014 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
The fiesta is over. Mexico, a remarkably important nation of some 120 million people—indeed, the world’s fifteenth largest economy—is descending into crisis. Students have been slaughtered en masse with the complicity of a corrupt police force. The country’s young president and his finance minster are embroiled in a corruption scandal. And the recent fall in oil prices—which looks set to continue—only portends further suffering.
'It's not an outbreak or an epidemic here.'6:58 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama discussed the Ebola virus in remarks at Democratic fundraiser in Chicago this evening. Ebola "has been the only story here in the United States for the last couple of weeks," Obama said.
But the commander in chief, who's called Ebola a national security threat, added, "It's not an outbreak or an epidemic here."
Obama also ticked off some of the world hotspots and said, "So you have this sense of uncertainty overseas."
6:23 PM, Oct 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Friday, the White House announced Democratic hack Ron Klain as the point-man on the Ebola crisis. But despite his new role, which is being described as some as the Ebola czar, Klain was not in attendance at the White House meeting on Ebola on Friday.
At least 21 other White House officials, including the vice president, were either in attendance in person or via video conference. Including the White House communications director. But not
Here's the White House's readout of the meeting:
5:51 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The boss, with former Obama aide Stephanie Cutter, earlier today on CNN:
'Chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is extremely low.'
8:23 PM, Oct 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama addressed the growing Ebola crisis today in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
"As I’ve said from the start of this outbreak, I consider this a top national security priority. This is not just a matter of charity -- although obviously the humanitarian toll in countries that are affected in West Africa is extraordinarily significant. This is an issue about our safety. It is also an issue with respect to the political stability and the economic stability in this region," said the commander in chief.
11:31 AM, Oct 3, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
If Mitt Romney had said in 2012 that a second Obama term would bring not just continued economic uncertainty, but also the re-emergence of international terrorist forces, Russia's invasion of the Ukraine, an illegal immigration crisis, a knife-wielding madman in the White House, a beheading in Oklahoma, and the Ebola virus in Texas, even the president's most paranoid critics would have told him to
Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
How to introduce students to conservative thought? It’s hard. The colleges and universities aren’t interested. The media and popular culture are hostile. What if young Americans nonetheless become aware of the existence of such a thing as conservative thought? How to convey its varieties and complexities? Even tougher. You can write articles and put things online, but there’s an awful lot competing for young people’s attention these days.
But there’s good news nonetheless. Help has arrived. Its name? President Barack Obama.
8:21 PM, Sep 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama, addressing the ebola outbreak September 16, 2014 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta:
9:10 AM, Sep 25, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) is looking to buy 40,000 emergency Mylar blankets.
4:56 PM, Sep 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama talked about the spread of Ebola at the CDC in Atlanta today. He said it's "spiraling out of control," according to the pool report.
"It is getting worse. It's spreading faster and exponentially. Today thousands of people in West africa are infected. That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands."
"And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us."
Here's the pool report:
'Children' being 'fed, clothed, cared for, taught' until 20s on taxpayers' dime.
3:36 PM, Jul 16, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
CNN reported last night that while Maryland governor Martin O'Malley doesn't want unaccompanied minors to be deported, he doesn't want them in certain parts of Maryland either.