From the April 28, 2003 issue: Mass destruction of mistaken ideas.Apr 28, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 32 • By DAVID BROOKS
GEORGE ORWELL was a genuinely modest man. But he knew he had a talent for facing unpleasant facts. That doesn't seem at first glance like much of a gift. But when one looks around the world, one quickly sees how rare it is. Most people nurture the facts that confirm their worldview and ignore or marginalize the ones that don't, unable to achieve enough emotional detachment from their own political passions to see the world as it really is.
Now that the war in Iraq is over, we'll find out how many people around the world are capable of facing unpleasant facts.
Amitai Etzioni on his life and times.Apr 21, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 31 • By ARNOLD BEICHMAN
My Brother's Keeper
A Memoir and a Message
by Amitai Etzioni
Calling for "regime change" in America is only one of the Democratic candidate's problems.Apr 21, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 31 • By NOEMIE EMERY
IT'S NOT OFTEN that you see an American commit hari-kari in public, but that's what John Kerry appears to have done. In one thrill-packed day--April 2--in New Hampshire, he managed to (1) blame George W. Bush for the train wreck in the U.N.
The left wants to ignore the Iraqi celebrations at Firdos Square, some Arabs are saddened by them, and the foreign press keep rolling at CENTCOM.9:45 AM, Apr 10, 2003 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
FIRST, SOME STIPULATIONS: The war is not over yet. There is still much fighting to be done and many things could go wrong. Chemical weapons could still be used. More allied soldiers will die in fighting. There will be more civilian casualties. Yesterday's collapse of the regime in Baghdad was a decisive moment, but not the endpoint of the war itself.
For much of the antiwar left, civilian casualties only count when they come as a result of American mishaps.6:00 AM, Apr 4, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
HAVING MADE the mistake of agreeing to "debate" the war before a college campus audience, I ought not to have expected much beyond emotional appeals from the antiwar participants. But I did, and of course, I was disappointed.
The Rev. George Regas was one of three antiwar voices, the others being the Rt. Rev. J. John Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and my colleague and friend Professor Don Will of Chapman University's Peace Studies program.
From the April 1, 2002 Dallas Morning News: In a word, no.5:20 AM, Apr 2, 2003 • By TERRY EASTLAND
BOUNCING AROUND the Internet is a photo of a huge banner that was carried in the recent "peace" demonstration in San Francisco. The banner says, "We support our troops when they shoot their officers."
Now, the calm response to that banner is that "our troops," were they to shoot "their officers," would be violating the oath they take upon enlisting, which obligates them to obey "the orders of [superior] officers," which don't include shooting or otherwise committing acts of violence against those officers.
From the April 7, 2003 issue: American liberalism is in a dangerous predicament.Apr 7, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 29 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
WE'VE LEARNED at least two things in the first nine days of the Second Gulf War. The American people are fine. American liberalism is not.
Here's the good news about the American people: They're not affected by the silly mood swings of much of the media. Americans outside newsrooms and TV studios understand that wars are often difficult and usually unpredictable. They know that totalitarian regimes do not fall easily. They grasp the fact that lots of military decisions are judgment calls, and that there's not much point paying attention to instant second-guessing.
As antiwar protests spread in California, the largest state in the Union becomes more and more politically irrelevant.6:00 AM, Mar 28, 2003 • By BILL WHALEN
IF YOU ASSUMED California's antiwar fetish crested the moment Michael Moore thanked the Academy, dissed the president, and took his Oscar home, guess again.
Politicians here in America's dream factory have made breaking with the majority on Iraq a reliable source of amusement and amazement--as much a daily staple of the California Experience as the tanning index, surf reports, and the Lakers.
Consider these two latest installments:
The morning after Moore's stunt at the Academy Awards, Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn dropped by the Florence Nightingale Middle School in nearby C
Do protesters have the right to assail the war during hostilities? Of course. Are they morally responsible for the consequences of their protest? You betcha.2:25 PM, Mar 26, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Law School Professor Erwin Chemerinsky has been my colleague in the commentary business for a decade, and for the past three years a weekly guest, along with Chapman Law School Professor John Eastman, on my radio program. Together we try to make the issues of constitutional law entertaining and accessible.
Could it be that the arts community lacks sufficient imagination to comprehend the horrors of Saddam's Iraq?6:00 AM, Mar 25, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
SINGERS WITH ENOUGH TALENT can overcome their politics, and Judy Collins has enough talent. So on Oscar night, the wife and I dragooned a younger couple, like the time my parents dragged us to hear Perry Como, and off we went to an auditorium on the campus of Claremont College to hear Judy and David Crosby in concert.
The largest quarter of CSNY played the opening set, an hour long display of guitar mastery and a surprising command of the higher vocal ranges. Crosby was a miser when it came to familiar tunes, though, and his time onstage left the audience a little restless.
It's the last valid argument against war, it's the budding core of a new international coalition, and it's still wrong.11:00 PM, Mar 16, 2003 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
OVER THE COURSE of the last few months, every respectable argument against war in Iraq has fallen apart. In December the peaceniks insisted that inspections would work; even Hans Blix now admits that they have not. In January the peaceniks insisted that the United States was acting unilaterally; then a group of European nations stepped shoulder-to-shoulder with America and the ranks of support have since swelled.
Don't bet on any left-wing Limbaugh succeeding.Mar 10, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 25 • By WILLIAM TUCKER
"AL FRANKEN IS A VULGAR EGOMANIAC." That's the title of the book I'm going to have to write someday--if Al Franken becomes the new Rush Limbaugh. Chances are, he won't. Earlier this month, Sheldon and Anita Drobny, a wealthy Chicago investor couple, announced a $10 million project to fund a liberal radio network, starring Franken and designed to counter the baneful influence of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, & Co.
"The concern has been around for years," the New York Times solemnly reported. "Hillary Rodham Clinton first mentioned a 'vast, right-wing conspiracy' in 1998.
Many of the liberal converts to the war agree with the president--they just can't bring themselves to admit that he's right.11:00 PM, Feb 27, 2003 • By LEE BOCKHORN
WE ARE NOW just weeks away from going to war to disarm and depose Saddam Hussein's regime, and beginning the difficult but necessary task of bringing the fresh breezes of self-government into the authoritarian hothouses of the Arab world. The arguments of the antiwar protestors--to the extent they even bother making arguments more sophisticated than placards reading "Bush = Hitler"--are refuted easily enough, and fortunately they've only strengthened the resolve of George W.
Demonstrations over the weekend show the left's dedication to preserving murderous, dictatorial regimes--no matter what the cost.11:00 PM, Feb 16, 2003 • By FRED BARNES
THERE WAS A TIME--the 1960s, 1970s--when the political left in America favored wars of national liberation in countries ruled by dictators, some of them fascist dictators. True, the left would have installed communist dictatorships in their place. But at least leftists targeted enemies who were corrupt, brutal abusers of human rights.
Now the left has flipped. The effect of its crusade against war in Iraq would be the survival--indeed, the strengthening--of Saddam Hussein's oppressive regime.