Dec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Many Brits are known to enjoy a pint a day. Winston Churchill certainly did—though his daily ration was a pint of champagne, not ale. So it was fitting that the wartime prime minister was toasted last week in Washington with clinking glasses of bubbly. House speaker John Boehner invited a small group—of which The Scrapbook was happily part—to celebrate two birthdays: that of the great man himself, and that of the bust in the Capitol that honors him. One was the 140th, the other just the first.
Fred Barnes chronicled in these pages a year ago how the bronze bust came to be. President Obama, redecorating when he moved into the White House in 2009, famously removed a bust of Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it to the British embassy. When Boehner became speaker in 2011, he passed a resolution that “an appropriate statue or bust of Sir Winston Churchill” be placed in the Capitol. The Churchill Centre at George Washington University donated the bust, sculpted by the late Oscar Nemon, last year. “Since then, we’ve confronted more grave challenges to our peoples. We’ve been fortunate to rely on our special relationship and, of course, Churchill’s wisdom,” Boehner said in the Freedom Foyer, the alcove where the bust sits, before raising his glass: “So here’s to Winston Churchill, the best friend America ever had.”
British ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and Churchill Centre executive director Lee Pollock also toasted the only man ever given an honorary American passport. The ambassador spoke eloquently of the two nations’ shared tradition of freedom that goes back to the Magna Carta (which celebrates its 800th birthday next year). The group then retired to the speaker’s rooms for a reception—with more champagne, of course. Some stepped out onto the balcony to smoke the Romeo y Julieta cigars named after the man who helped save Western civilization and always enjoyed its fruits. After everyone shared their favorite Churchill anecdotes—including the apocryphal ones—the talk turned to other tributes. The USS Winston S. Churchill is the only American naval vessel that also flies a foreign ensign. A few attendees immediately had the thought that a second such destroyer would be another great salute to freedom and friendship. Rumor has it a campaign is now in the works for a USS Margaret H. Thatcher. We think the USS Maggie has a rather nice ring to it.
10:12 AM, Sep 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama has released a statement praising Scotland's vote to remain with the United Kingdom.
"We welcome the result of yesterday’s referendum on Scottish independence and congratulate the people of Scotland for their full and energetic exercise of democracy," says Obama in a prepared statement.
Rotherham and the failure of multiculturalismSep 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01 • By REUEL MARC GERECHT
The massive sexual abuse case in Rotherham, England, has revealed again how awkward and self-defeating the Western response often is to matters that touch on religious identity. Although the independent inquiry led by Professor Alexis Jay is tersely graphic about the 1,400-plus girls, some as young as 11 years old, who were sexually assaulted over several years by organized gangs of mostly Pakistani men, it isn’t detailed about the male predators.
Scots debate independence Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By SARA LODGE
If at first you don’t secede, try, try again. This might be the motto of Alex Salmond’s Scottish National party, which since 1934 has been advocating the proposition that Scotland should be an independent country, governed not from London but from Edinburgh and able to make its own policy decisions about defense, immigration, taxation, and spending. On September 18, Scots will finally face a referendum about their future.
2:48 PM, Aug 15, 2014 • By JOSH COHEN
It was a threat Europe’s security services had long feared coming true.
11:58 AM, Jul 25, 2014 • By JEFFREY GEDMIN
I've lived in Europe the past dozen years—in Berlin, Prague, and London. When it comes to Israel, Europe's ways seldom cease to amaze.
Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook does not usually take notice of royal births around the world, but you had to have been in serious misanthropic mode to fail to notice the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, third in line of succession to the British throne, last week in London. Whether he will someday succeed his great-grandmother, grandfather, and father to become King George VII is up to the gods, of course; but The Scrapbook wishes him and his parents good health, much happiness, and long life.
4:09 PM, Apr 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Barack Obama's administration will not be sending any sitting American politicians to attend funeral services for the former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The Guardian reports:
It's time for the Obama Administration to change our Falklands policy.3:53 PM, Mar 20, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Philip Terzian on his editorial, Stand with the Falklands. Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:01 PM, Nov 29, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Falkland Islands seem to be popping up in the news a lot in the last month. There was the recent death of Sir Rex Hunt—the governor of the territory during the Argentine invasion—and his obituary must be read to be believed. It's like something straight out of an Evelyn Waugh novel.
10:15 AM, Jul 8, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
While CNN was busy firing senior editor for Middle East affairs Octavia Nasr for tweeting niceties about Hezbollah's recently deceased spiritual leader, another effusive tribute to terrorist Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah seeped out into cyberspace -- this one coming from, shockingly enough, the British Ambassador to Lebanon.
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