My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

A Man of Common Sense?

February 16, 2009

Interesting piece in today’s Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama’s more-moderate-than-expected moves (or lack thereof) in such areas as stem cell research, detainee policy, and faith-based initiative policy. His caution and...

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Shutting Down Guantanamo Makes No Common Sense

February 12, 2009

From Jewish World Review


Last week former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration’s national security policies, including holding “hard core” terror suspects at the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay,...

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Remembering Daniel Pearl

February 5, 2009


This fine piece by Judea Pearl, father of late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, should be required reading for anyone who buys the bull&%$# that terrorism is the expression of “desperation” or constitutes...

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Long Live Democracy and the Courage of Ordinary Iraqis

February 3, 2009


Saturday’s provincial elections in Iraq were a great triumph for democracy worldwide and especially for the Iraqi people. William Shawcross in The Guardian has written an excellent column on the subject.

For the first time in...

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One for the Other Thumb – Fast, Hard, Creative and Clean!

February 1, 2009


Hard, fast, and creative – but not dirty. That’s the characterization of the Pitsburgh Steelers’s play, and specifically that of safety Troy Polamalu – that all of us here in the ‘Burgh are hoping will carry our home...

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Mike, You Did Us Proud

January 30, 2009


Tonight at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, Mayor Michael Bloomberg did us proud. The mayor of New York, Bloomberg recently showed his character by traveling to Israel while that nation was suffering much international condemnation for...

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The U.S. is Too Liberal in its Attitude Toward Enemy Combatants at Guantanamo

January 26, 2009

With the talk of President Obama’s decision to dismantle Guantanamo, it seems to me that precious little attention is given to actual facts about the place and about what has become of those detainees who have been released. After...

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Monday Was the Day to Celebrate and Honor a Hero. As to Our New President, Let Us Hope

January 20, 2009


Not to take anything away from our new President. But the remarks of a friend yesterday got me thinking. I asked this friend if he, as an African-American (in his case he was born in Africa and is now a U.S. citizen) felt moved by the...

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She’s a Righteous Person. And She’s Defending Herself. That’s “the plan.”

January 14, 2009


Anderson Cooper’s discussion tonight with Bill Bennet and James Carville on CNN about Sarah Palin’s belated effort to defend herself from the media’s savaging her revealed something about Mrs. Palin.

Narrating that Mrs. Palin...

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An Israeli Perspective on What’s Happening in Gaza: “We are Doing Everything in Our Power Not to Hit Civilians”

January 9, 2009

Numbers alone can be misleading in understanding what is happening this week in Gaza. Such is the message of Asaf Shariv, consul general of Israel in New York, who offered an Israeli perspective to a gathering on Manhattan’s Upper West...

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