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Anglicans Ascendant


Web Briefing: April 15, 2015



North Korea has agreed to a trilateral meeting with China and the U.S. Not to be preemature: but score another for President Bush?


Victory Tour


Tommy Franks went to Baghdad today and called the president and Rumsfeld from Saddam Hussein’s main palace there. He is said to have commented (according to FNC): “This looks like the oil-for-palaces program Saddam had going.” In Uday’s case, it was oil for porn.

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“Iraq Must Be Democratic”


I’m doing a few dozen things at once right now, but am paying enough attention to know that is another W. classic speech in St. Louis. I am reminded to point out this White House interactive thingy tonight on the White House website. If you’re online at 6 (EST) and want to ask Andy Card a question, go to town.

Ron Jr.


Email pouring in. Jokes about Ronny hosting the dog show, opposing his Dad when he was President, etc. All good points. Indeed, this was my point. Ron Jr. is not qualified to determine who is or who is not fulfilling Reagan’s legacy. He is only qualified to do jester-work for liberals who want to hear him either bad mouth his dad or bad mouth other Republicans. Yawn.

Trinitarian Kurtz


From a reader:

I emailed last week, and I think Stanley Kurtz’s postings in the Corner are destined to come in 3’s. Since I’ve said it, he hasn’t let me down.

Derb, Dudes!


Some Cuban Facts


Here’s a list to remember next time you hear someone in Hollywood telling you that his or her
conversation with Castro was the most important (or some other equally absurd adjective) “eight
hours of their life”.

Via blogger Harry of Harry’s Place

Good Sign Salon Is Doomed


Salon is smashing the toothpaste tube with a sledgehammer in order to get the last molecules of controversy or even interest out of poor Ron Reagan Jr. In what Salon describes as “a flame-throwing conversation about the war and the Bush administration’s efforts to lay claim to the Reagan legacy,” Ron Jr. says nasty things about the current president Bush (or at least seems to from the teaser). Interviewing Ron Jr. just stinks of desperation for buzz.

About Said


Here’s an anniversary not to celebrate. It’s twenty-five years since the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism. Columbia University is whooping it up with a parade of Said acolytes, all of thm lavishing praise on their political-intellectual hero. You can read about the festivities at Martin Kramer’s blog, Sandstorm. and in Jonathan Harris’s NRO piece from yesterday .But if you want to mark this anniversary the right way, scroll down to where Kramer has made web accessible for the first time his powerful critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism (chapter two of Kramer’s important book, Ivory Towers On Sand). And for my own skewering of Said, look here.

California Facts


I leaned something very interesting from Eric Hogue. It seems that the latest Field Poll shows president Bush leading any Democratic contender by 45 to 40 percent. Remember, this is California. Of course, it can’t last. Still, it’s pretty amazing news. In fact, when they heard it, Californians had a cow.

Cows (Really)


Jonah, this is really weird. A little while ago, for no particular reason, you said, “Look! Cows!” A little bit later, I appeared on the Eric Hogue radio show in Sacramento, California (5-9AM, 1380 KTKZ) to talk about North Korea. While I was waiting to go on, the news broadcast was all about a cow stuck in the middle of a highway. It must be some sort of ESP.

Help--Napa Valley


This is a slightly bizarre one, but I’ve got to stop writing my columns about Iraq. The Washington Post ran a story last month about the enviros waging war on Napa Valley wine-growers: “The winemakers are under assault from environmentalists, who have begun to disparage their trellised fields as sterile `alcohol farms’ and accuse the growers of `graping the land.’ A few radicals have even compared the vinters to `merchants of death,’ as if a tasty ripe Syrah with blackberry notes and flavors of sweet toast were akin to a pack of Camels or a Mac-10 pistol.”

This strikes me as a possibility fun topic. If you know soemthing about it, I’d love to hear from you…

Re: My New Job


Al Jazeera reporters set the global news agenda?! At least it is official:

Strong world affairs and political knowledge required, excellent writing and analytical skills in English, as well as the ability to find and set the global news agenda.

The Wreck of Fitzgerald


I disagree with your assessment, John, in one respect. Fitzgerald often gave the Republican leadership headaches, but on most of the big issues he was a solid conservative vote. I think it unlikely that he will be succeeded by a senator as reliably pro-life, pro-free trade, and anti-tax as he has been.

Beinart & Kelly


As I mentioned yesterday, I really liked Peter Beinart’s tribute to Michael Kelly. (Reg required). I also said I have some quibbles. Here you go:

Well, first of all, I was delighted to hear that Kelly was a believer in “Hidden Law” — a Burkean/Hayekian view of conservatism championed by Jonathan Rauch among others. I’ve written about Hidden Law a lot of times and I am a big believer and fan of the formulation. Here’s how Peter neatly describes Kelly’s views:

Mike’s traditionalism made him a conservative, but not of the contemporary Washington variety. Many of today’s “conservatives” are in love with theory, with efficiency, with remaking the world according to the abstractions in their minds. Mike was a conservative in the older, cultural sense. He wanted to preserve the unwritten rules, built up imperceptibly over time, that define morality in most people’s lives. He revered the old-fashioned Capitol Hill neighborhood in which he grew up, and he believed that such communities developed organic standards of conduct far more subtle and dignified than outsiders understood, standards that needed to be protected from the sledgehammer of ideology and law. In Mike’s view, the primary threat to those standards came from self-righteous liberalism—with its intrusive mandates about smoking, gender relations, and shoveling the snow from your sidewalk. But conservatives could threaten them as well. Some on the contemporary right might have fired those old ladies at the White House in the name of efficiency; others might have done so for the greater good of the conservative movement. Mike would have loathed that, too.

Good stuff. As Tommy Boy says: Me likey. But I guess my problem is this: it is precisely this sort of traditionalist conservative that Peter and the New Republic dislike the most. Oh they have bad things to say about the free-market ideologues too. It is a liberal magazine after all. But the New Republic likes conservative ideologues largely because they don’t have the “taint” of old school conservatism. It’s been reaching out to the Weekly Standard as kindred spirits for the last couple years. AEI scholars are welcome in the pages of TNR. Its positions on free trade, racial quotas, even the wars on terror and Iraq are in sync with the ideological and ultra-rational branch of conservatism, not the branch whose roots go back to traditional arrangements and so forth. I don’t have time to go find examples, but I could swear that the conservatives who invoke tradition and ritual are the ones most likely to be called racists, homophobes and sexists by various New Republic editors.

Now, obviously, Peter has no such thing in mind when he calls Kelly a traditionalist, nor should he. Kelly was by all accounts a generous, kind and decent man. And I guess that’s my point. There are plenty of other traditionalists who don’t deserve that treatment either.

Oh, and the usual full-disclosure: I’ve happily become friends with Peter over the last year, largely because we’re on CNN a lot together. Not sure if that matters to anyone.

Casualty Counts


Josh Chafetz tries to get to the bottom of the tallies. And don’t forget the piece by Iain Murray — the Barry White of statistical policy analysis — over at TCS.


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