Hosted by Michael Graham.4:55 PM, Jun 17, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on President Obama's falling polling numbers.
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Hosted by Michael Graham.5:10 PM, Jun 14, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the NSA's surveillance programs, the IRS scandal, and immigration reform.
Jun 24, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 39 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
One might expect Keith Alexander to advocate on behalf of the two programs at the center of our national debate about terrorism and surveillance. He is, after all, the head of the National Security Agency, which runs them. “It’s dozens of terrorist events that these have helped prevent—both here and abroad—in disrupting or contributing to the disruption of terrorist attacks,” Alexander testified last week.
Jun 17, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 38 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, the captive English maid, Blonde, scornfully rejects the advances of the powerful Osmin, overseer of Pasha Selim’s harem: “Pasha here, pasha there! Girls are not good to give away! I am an Englishwoman, born free, and I defy anyone who wants to force me to do anything!”
It’s high time for the administration to release the bin Laden documentsJun 10, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 37 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
In a speech at the National Defense University on May 23, Barack Obama declared an end to the global war on terror. The threat posed by al Qaeda, its affiliates, and those it inspires can be managed, he said. “As we shape our response, we have to recognize that the scale of this threat closely resembles the types of attacks we faced before 9/11. . . . [I]f dealt with smartly and proportionally, these threats need not rise to the level that we saw on the eve of 9/11.”
Jun 10, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 37 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
We'’ll take the liberty of updating, for the summer of 2013, the famous lines from Auden’s “September 1, 1939”:
We sit in our office
On Seventeenth Street
Depressed but with anticipation
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest administration.
The decline of NASA and the senseless priorities of our governmentJun 10, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 37 • By P.J. O'ROURKE
Recently I spent some time surrounded by people who are smarter than I am, who are braver and more committed to human progress, who know more about science and technology, more about business and industry, and more about budgets and expenditures.
This is an experience Congress and the White House should have. Except Congress and the White House have this experience every day. And me too, but at least I know when it’s happening.
President Obama may think that the threat from al Qaeda is receding. It isn’t.Jun 10, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 37 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
During his speech at the National Defense University on May 23, President Obama sought to reassure Americans that they are “safer” because of the administration’s “efforts” to fight terrorism. The controversy over the administration’s handling of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, had been swirling for months. And on April 15, two jihadists set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 250 others.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:18 PM, May 31, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the growth of the recent scandals, the media's coverage, and the Republican response.
It’s only a matter of time before the media are back in the tank. Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36 • By PETER WEHNER
Some conservatives think that the elite media are finally turning on Barack Obama and his administration.
Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Harry Truman famously kept a sign on his desk in the Oval Office, “The Buck Stops Here.” Sixty years later, President Obama hangs a sign on the door to the Oval Office, “Do Not Disturb.” In 1978, about halfway between the two liberal presidents, Harvey Mansfield, as we’ve noted before, diagnosed the decline: “From having been the aggressive doctrine of vigorous, spirited men, liberalism has become hardly more than a trembling in the presence of illiberalism. . . . Who today is called a liberal for strength and confidence in defense of liberty?”
Kristol: But the enemy gets a vote...5:52 PM, May 24, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's recent counterterrorism speech at National Defense University.
10:12 AM, May 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
J. Russell George, the inspector general who uncovered the IRS scandal, appears to have at one time dated Michelle Obama, well before she was married to Barack Obama.
May 27, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 35 • By FRED BARNES
There is no curse on the second term of presidents. When presidents lose credibility, when trust vanishes and their word is no longer accepted, they have only themselves to blame. That was true for President Nixon, among many others, and now it’s true for President Obama.