The Attorney General is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. I just caught a bit of it. Sen. Lindsey Graham did a very good job arguing that Gitmo is the only practical option for detaining enemy combatants. He used the case of Hezbollah commander Ali Musa Daqduq, who murdered American troops in Iraq, to make the point that if the administration does not resign itself to the need to use Gitmo, many anti-American foreign terrorists detained in Iraq and Afghanistan will end up being released. I wrote a column about Daqduq, here, when it appeared that the Obama administration was on the cusp of releasing him to the Iraqis — which would be the same thing as releasing him, period.
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More