The War in Afghanistan and the Media’s Double Standards

Walter Russell Mead is properly scathing when it comes to his discussion of the media's coverage of the war in Afghanistan. As he reminds us, back in 2008, candidate Obama ran on the position that Afghanistan was "the necessary war," and that he would do whatever it took to win it. We haven't won it, …

Remember Libya?

Sure you do; it served as a locale for a war waged by the Obama administration that turned out to be wildly and wonderfully successful.Oh, wait.The following observation is entirely accurate, of course:Luckily for America’s self-esteem, it was liberal Democrats that produced this particular shambles. If Republicans had done this, the media would be on the …

Not a Good Week for Hillary Clinton

First, there was this. Then, there was the fact that Diane Sawyer--of all people--laid into Clinton over Benghazi (in the event that you do not recall, Benghazi has been deemed not to be a scandal, nope, no chance whatsoever that it might be a scandal, nothing to see here, move along, don't worry your pretty little …

In the Event You Thought Things Are Going Swimmingly in Libya . . .

Here is Joshua Keating to disabuse you of your happy assumptions. The piece is short, so I won't do any excerpting; just read the whole thing. But would it be impertinent of me to ask why it was that we intervened in the first place, and whether the chaos in Libya might get more attention if …

Before Syria, There Was Libya

As we contemplate a new Obamaesque military adventure, it is perhaps useful to remind ourselves how the old one is shaking out: A little under two years ago, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, urged British businessmen to begin “packing their suitcases” and to fly to Libya to share in the reconstruction of the country and …

Still Think We Shouldn’t Take the Benghazi Terror Attack Seriously?

I for one would like to know just what on Earth is going on here: CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern …

IRS Follies: More on the Supposed Non-Scandal That Actually Is a Scandal

Another blow to the theory that "rogue agents" in a local IRS office were responsible for targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny: An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than a year without action.Holly Paz, who …

Scandal Watch (A Continuing Series)

So, let's review the latest:Concerning the IRS scandal, we learn that Lois Lerner was "directly involved" in the targeting of conservative groups. This included signing letters that contained "a list of detailed questions of the kind that a Treasury inspector general’s audit found to be inappropriate."Organizing for Action is a 501(c)(4), which means that it is supposed to …