The Lobby Like No Other
Wants a War Like No Other

Having watched John McCain and Barack Obama resolutely pledge their allegiance – and their countrymen’s lives and treasure – to the defense of Israel via AIPAC, the media, and personal meetings with Israeli leaders, it is worth asking what could possibly drive these men to so ardently commit America to participation in other people’s religious … Continue reading “The Lobby Like No Other
Wants a War Like No Other”

Turning the Tables
on the Israel-Firsters

Now that the dust has settled in the spat between journalist Joe Klein and the ideologues at Commentary, it is time to regret the ink spilled over the non-issue of "dual loyalties." The idea that there are U.S. citizens who have equal loyalties to the United States and Israel is passé. American Israel-firsters have long … Continue reading “Turning the Tables
on the Israel-Firsters”

Why Doesn’t al-Qaeda Attack the US?

With daily television coverage of suicide car-bomb attacks, ambushes, drive-by shootings, stabbings, and other Intifada-type attacks around the world, the question arises as to why al-Qaeda does not stage such small-scale but deadly operations in the United States. From Washington and the presidential campaign trail comes a cocky, multi-part answer: our massive homeland security spending … Continue reading “Why Doesn’t al-Qaeda Attack the US?”

Douglas Feith’s War and Decision: Life in a Neocon’s Parallel Universe

Douglas J. Feith’s new book War and Decision. Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism is an old-fashioned morality tale written by a man with little discernible moral sense or any real concern for the truth. In a nutshell, Feith’s story resembles a 1930s cowboy movie. In the white hats are … Continue reading “Douglas Feith’s War and Decision: Life in a Neocon’s Parallel Universe”

A Book Americans Must Read Before Time Runs Out

Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed Gallup Press, 2008 230 pp. A new book by John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed ought to have a profound and transforming influence on Americans’ view of their government’s confrontation with Islam. The book, Who Speaks for Islam? What … Continue reading “A Book Americans Must Read Before Time Runs Out”

Clueless Candidates Make Osama’s Day

While McCain, Obama, and Clinton attend services of their choice on Sunday, all worship at the shrine of intervention-that-spurs jihad the rest of the week. Just in the past month, all three have pushed an interventionist agenda in Pakistan and Kosovo, and, notwithstanding claims by Obama and Clinton, to a great extent in Iraq. At … Continue reading “Clueless Candidates Make Osama’s Day”

George Weigel’s Anti-American Jeremiad

What, one wonders, can possibly inspire the neoconservatives’ hate for Americans, their history, their traditions, and their ideas? In the context of this question, George Weigel’s new book, Faith, Reason, and the War against Jihadism. A Call to Action, is more troubling than Norman Podhoretz’s viciously anti-American World War IV. The Long War Against Islamofacism … Continue reading “George Weigel’s Anti-American Jeremiad”

The Anti-Americanism of the Israel-Firsters

“Too soon old and too late smart.” That saying was one of my Dad’s favorites, and one he used when one of us in the family re-made a past mistake, having not learned from the first error. I am guilty of that in regard to the current game being played by Commentary’s Gabriel Schoenfeld and … Continue reading “The Anti-Americanism of the Israel-Firsters”

Why Does Norman Podhoretz Hate America?

World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism Norman Podhoretz Doubleday, 2007 240 pp. Norman Podhoretz’s new book, World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism, is a hate-filled, anti-American book of the first order. Podhoretz hates every American who does not support the neoconservatives’ views, the foreign policy they have devised, and the military … Continue reading “Why Does Norman Podhoretz Hate America?”

Syria and Iran: The Threats That Aren’t

In reference to coercive British rule, Tom Paine once told Americans that there is something absurd about the idea that the entire continent of North America should be forever ruled by the little island of Great Britain. Paine, as always in his work, was trying to make Americans think for themselves and, in this case, … Continue reading “Syria and Iran: The Threats That Aren’t”