NYT Mag: Grotesque

Do you take the Sunday NYT?  I do, or rather, my husband does.  He’s still living in the pre-cable, pre-talk radio world where you simply assume that the NYT is balanced because William Safire and David Brooks are on the editorial page, and if you want some really conservative reading, there’s always the Wall Street Journal.  Several years ago, I complained that Frank Rich had … Continue reading NYT Mag: Grotesque

Middle East Muddles

Shrinkwrapped reviews evidence of an impending Middle East war, but finds reasons for optimism. Caroline Glick doesn’t. I share her bafflement at the Bush administration’s failure to articulate what is really going on, and what has been going on for the past five years: WHAT IS most striking about the Bush administration’s unwillingness to reveal the nature of the Israeli raid to Congress is how … Continue reading Middle East Muddles

Perspective on Iraq

Gateway Pundit uses graphics to relate U. S. military deaths in Iraq to those of various battles from World War II and Korea. It’s also instructive to compare battles from earlier eras of history: the 16th-19th centuries for example: 30,000 dead at Marignan in two days in 1515, 38,000 dead in one day at Lepanto in 1571; or the 20th century, with 850,000 dead at … Continue reading Perspective on Iraq

War by Other Means

David Warren: My rule of thumb, on wars, is to fight them with your enemies, when absolutely necessary; but never with your friends, and in particular, never in order to create new enemies. It is worth thinking carefully about the Clinton-Bush policy in the Balkans, which so far has led to the alienation of Russia, the creation of Islamic states in Europe, and the encouragement … Continue reading War by Other Means

“But why are the generals getting restless all over NATO?”

T.M. Lutas: “I can see no other explanation than a profound, international vote of no-confidence in the political class of the West by heavily experienced military minds that live, breathe, eat, and sleep the problem of defending us all from violent threats to our liberties and very existence.” (HT: Instapundit) Continue reading “But why are the generals getting restless all over NATO?”

Naming the Enemy

George Weigel names the enemy, and asks why so many are so unwilling to do the same: That is what we are fighting: jihadism, the religiously inspired ideology which teaches that it is every Muslim’s duty to use any means necessary to compel the world’s submission to Islam. That most of the world’s Muslims do not accept this definition of the demands of their faith … Continue reading Naming the Enemy