Edward Snowden Betrayed His Country, and We Should Thank Max Boot for Saying So

Max Boot may have attracted the ire of Glenn Greenwald for speaking the truth about Edward Snowden, but there is no shame in that. "A bit dog barks," and as Edward Snowden's chief apologist, Glenn Greenwald barks every time someone tells the truth about Snowden. The yelping may be juvenile and annoying, but that shouldn't …

Speaking of Curbs on Freedom . . .

The onetime fans of the Hugo Chávez regime in Venezuela--the ones who thought that the regime was filled with wonderful people and ideas and who thought it was just marvelous that Chávez went to the United Nations to call George W. Bush "the devil"--have been rather quiet (as noted many times on this blog), now …

More Government-Sponsored Violence in Venezuela

Behold: The masked gunmen emerged from a group of several dozen motorcycle-mounted government loyalists who were attempting to dismantle a barricade in La Isabelica, a working-class district of Valencia that has been a center of unrest since nationwide protests broke out last month. The barricades' defenders had been hurling rocks, sticks and other objects at …

The Political Crackdown Continues in Venezuela

And no chávista--inside or outside of Venezuela--has denounced it. I can't imagine why: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has used the military, legislative and judicial power consolidated during 15 years of socialist rule in a sudden series of blows against opponents who have spent more than a month protesting in the streets, knocking down their barricades and …

Did Simón Bolívar Like Police States?

I wonder if all of the people who hailed the presence of a chávista government in Venezuela--you know the type--will have any opprobrium at all to spare for the Venezuelan government in light of this story. Probably not, intellectual honesty doesn't seem to be a virtue as far as chávistas--whether they are found inside or outside …

Your Absolutely Non-Shocking News of the Day

Behold: Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, election officials in the breakaway peninsula said, with the extraordinarily high figures capping a one-sided campaign of intimidation and heavy-handed tactics that blocked most voters from hearing a vision for any alternative other than unification with Moscow. In related--and equally non-shocking--news, not all "votes" …