Naming the Beast

The French judge who has worked for seven apparently frustrating years trying to prove a persistent and sizable pattern of corruption by French President Jacques Chirac has resigned in frustration and given a blistering interview to the newspaper Le Parisien. Judge Eric Halphen says that the French justice system works only on behalf of the … Continue reading “Naming the Beast”

The Warbloggers

They are the mutant offspring of Virginia Postrel, Andrew Sullivan, and Ariel Sharon: meet the "warbloggers," internet mavens who see themselves as the trendiest of the trendy, the vanguard of the chattering classes, whose little "weblogs" (i.e. diaries) are supposed to be The Latest Thing. Many of them claim to be libertarians, and, simultaneously, they … Continue reading “The Warbloggers”

The Vanishing Imam

Amid the proclamations of a great and glorious victory by the pro-war pundits – and their smugly triumphant braying that opponents of this war were dead wrong about the "Afghan quagmire" – Reul Marc Gerecht injects a note of realism into the discussion by noting that the apparent failure to kill or capture Bin Laden … Continue reading “The Vanishing Imam”

The Pilot Who Lost His Cool

It was Christmas Day, and Walied Shatter, a bodyguard to the President of the United States, couldn’t get a flight to Dallas. Not that he didn’t have a reservation, or a ticket: both had been made and paid for by his employer, the Secret Service, well in advance. The problem was the pilot: no way … Continue reading “The Pilot Who Lost His Cool”

What has ‘Victory’ Achieved?

On September 11, foreign terrorists killed several thousand people by destroying the World Trade Center and damaging the Pentagon. Some people considered this a criminal act – not an act of war by a foreign nation. They said the U.S. government should concentrate on finding, capturing, and bringing to trial anyone connected with the attacks. … Continue reading “What has ‘Victory’ Achieved?”

Strange Versions of Democracy

What passes in most media accounts as the “international community,” that floating collection of international diplomats who seem to have a stronger sense of loyalty to the international system, the ideal of diplomacy and agreements as ends in themselves – not to mention all the cushy international conferences – than to their own countries of … Continue reading “Strange Versions of Democracy”

The Big Change (Part II)

This war has already increased the power of government by leaps and bounds, and liberals were quick to sense their opportunity. Senator Tom Daschle wasted no time in going on the offensive on the tax issue, and the liberal punditocracy, from Al Hunt to the Washington Post, gleefully proclaimed that "big government is back!" The … Continue reading “The Big Change (Part II)”

The Big Change (Part I)

As a post-9/11 bromide, "everything’s changed" has become a journalistic mantra, a theme with endless variations endlessly repeated, and it is easy to become thoroughly sick of it, and suspicious at the same time. For, if "everything’s changed," then perhaps we don’t need the Bill of Rights anymore, as a virtually unanimous Congress agreed in … Continue reading “The Big Change (Part I)”

Conserving Nothing

To address this question, there is little need to tackle the present “war.” The whole thing is a bit of a muddle anyway. War hasn’t exactly been “declared” constitutionally, yet the whole thing can be said to rest on a broad-beamed class of 20th-century precedents, from at least 1940 forward. Combined with ad hoc international … Continue reading “Conserving Nothing”