More Obama Contradictions

Caroline Glick gets to the essence of the incoherence of what Obama says about Israel: His repeated assertions of his commitment to Israel’s security were repeatedly contradicted by the policies he wishes to adopt if elected. On the one hand he opposes permitting Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, but on the other hand, he insists that the way to make this happen is to sit … Continue reading More Obama Contradictions

Banking on the Media

Barack Obama claims to be a member of the Banking Committee—he’s not—to take credit for something it did. Good grief. If a Republican had done this, it would be front-page news all over the country! UPDATE: John Hinderaker asks whether Obama could be a serial liar. Today he lied about his own prediction about the success of the surge. Something interesting is going on here. … Continue reading Banking on the Media

What You Won’t See in The New York Times

John McCain’s editorial on Iraq, that is. Here it is: In January 2007, when General David Petraeus took command in Iraq, he called the situation “hard” but not “hopeless.” Today, 18 months later, violence has fallen by up to 80% to the lowest levels in four years, and Sunni and Shiite terrorists are reeling from a string of defeats. The situation now is full of … Continue reading What You Won’t See in The New York Times

Americans for Prosperity

Today I was at an Americans for Prosperity conference. Some quotes and observations: John Fund: “If we fight, we win. If we flinch, we lose.” Grover Norquist, contrasting left and right: “Around their table aren’t friends and allies, but competing parasites.” Michael Steele and Michael Williams are exceptionally fine thinkers and speakers who deserve national exposure. They beat Obama on style—Williams, by a mile!—and crush … Continue reading Americans for Prosperity

Changing Human Nature

Shrinkwrapped has an excellent post on the temptation to try to make people better, and the misery it inevitably entails. I trace the tendency to Rousseau’s second Discourse, which argues that private property makes people artificial, making them try to seem to be what they are not. This leads to Marx’s concepts of alienation and false consciousness, Sartre’s notion of bad faith, and massive, disastrous … Continue reading Changing Human Nature