Roger Kimball: Howard Zinn Professor of Contempt – National Review Online


With Howard Zinn, contemporary American academia found its court historian. Zinn, who died January 27 at 87, was like a gigantic echo chamber, accurately reproducing — and actively reinforcing — every left-wing cliché with which the academy has abetted its sense of election these past several decades. “You see how smart he is,” saith the […]

Andrew C. McCarthy: The Attorney and the General – National Review Online


Michael Hayden, the former CIA director, penned a superb op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday. Succinctly, he tallies the wages of having Attorney General Eric Holder make national-security decisions. Unlike the attorney general, Hayden is a real general, and very much worth heeding. He shows that these decisions have been premised on left-wing political […]

Andrew C. McCarthy: Rigging the Numbers on Terror – National Review Online


It is welcome news that the Obama administration has reversed its irrational decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 plotters in Manhattan’s federal court. So far, however, the administration has merely — and grudgingly — begun to climb out of this hole of its own making.The president seems more poised to move […]

NRO’s Peter Wehner Schools Pat Robertson on Christian Theology


As news began to pour in yesterday from Haiti, my thoughts turned to Mission of Hope , an orphanage-school which friends of mine volunteered at.  I wondered about their safety, the safety of the children and staff, and the condition of the ministry’s infrastructure.  I thought about the country, the stories I’d heard, the history [...]

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Jim Geraghty: The Travails of Martha Coakley – National Review Online


Presumably Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general aiming to be that state’s next U.S. senator, has more political skill than she’s demonstrated in recent days. She must be on a spectacularly ill-timed run of bad luck and rookie mistakes. As Republican Scott Brown has roared from unknown to potential upset winner, Coakley came under fire […]

Japanese “Allegedly” Bomb Pearl Harbor? Islamists “Allegedly” Setting Bombs?


Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Muslim Nigerian “charged” with the failed attempt on the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight now has a public defender. So we will be hearing a lot about “allegedly this and that” for the next few years. He will be tried in criminal court instead of a military tribunal [...]

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Andy McCarthy: Moussaoui Conviction Upheld – The Corner


The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed the conviction and sentence of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Enthusiasts of the law-enforcement approach to terrorism will undoubtedly claim this development as more evidence that their strategy works. To the contrary, I have argued several times see, e.g., here and here that we dodged a bullet […]

Sarah Horowitz And Ronald Reagan


Dogged. Resolute. Moral. Optimistic in the face of multiple setbacks. Committed 1st and foremost to the individual and not the ideology.

Although it would be easy to peg these attributes to a Conservative such as Ronald Reagan, in this case they belong to the late Sarah Rose Horowitz, who of course is David [...]

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Andrew C. McCarthy: Gitmo Does Not Cause Terrorism – National Review Online


So we’re going to shut down the detention center at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay and move the 200-plus terrorists detained there to a seldom-used civilian correctional center in Thomson, Ill. And we’re doing it, the Obama administration and Sen. Dick Durbin assure us, not because they want to use federal money to […]

Forcing Ireland To Allow Abortion


Although it is fashionable to deride and mock conservatives who fear the onset of a United Nations-style global government, a case currently being heard in the European Court of Human Rights shows exactly what can happen when a nation cedes much of its autonomy to an outside entity.
In the  December 9th Bench Memos section of [...]

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