The Hadley memo, which seems to be admirably clear-eyed, notes that Maliki might need enhanced capabilities. If we are going to help them in this area, it says, “we need to provide Maliki with additional forces of some kind.” He goes on to say “we might also need to fill the current four-brigade gap in Baghdad with coalition forces if reliable Iraqi forces are not identified.” And, therefore recommends, “Ask Secretary of Defense and General Casey to make a recommendation about whether more forces are need in Baghdad.” The old answer would be that Casey would say we don’t need more American troops, we need more Iraqi troops, and then the secretary of defense would say, “You see, the generals aren’t asking for more troops,” and that would be the end of it. I hope there’s a different outcome this time. We need not just to fill the gap in the old, failing Baghdad security plan, but come up with a new plan with the proper number of troops to execute it.
Using “white men” as a putdown is no longer extreme enough for the Left. Now it is moving on to doing the same for “white women.” How rapidly this transpired. It was less than two years ago that the approximately 98.7 percent of white women working in media who were openly rooting for Hillary Clinton ... Read More
We were not supposed to have made it this far. George Orwell saw night descending on us in 1984. Orwell was, on paper, a radical, but in his heart he was an old-fashioned English liberal. He dreamed of socialism but feared socialists. He feared them because he knew them. I was in the sixth grade in 1984, but I ... Read More
The Boston Globe mistakenly overstated Senator Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry in a Monday report detailing a gene test the Massachusetts lawmaker underwent to substantiate her previous claims to Native American heritage. The ancestry report indicates that Warren is anywhere between six and ten ... Read More
Through much of the last month, the American people have been treated to a version of the emotional and ideological argument that’s dominated the American academy for much of the last ten years. The argument goes something like this: Women rarely lie about rape. Thus, the failure of criminal or civil justice ... Read More
Dear Reader (Even those of you who didn’t seem to notice or care that I failed to file this “news”letter on Friday), So I’m sitting here at Gate C6 at O’Hare waiting for my flight home. I am weary, pressed for time, in desperate need of a shower, and filled with a great sense of dread for the work ... Read More
Hillary Clinton insisted that the sexual-assault allegations against her husband are nothing like the accusations that have been levied against Brett Kavanaugh -- suggesting that Bill’s accusers are not examples of victims who must be believed as part of the #MeToo movement. “There’s a very significant ... Read More