Aesthetics, morals, community.

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...includes political matter.

The Bureaucrat Who Couldn’t By Frank Gaffney Jr.

NRO

January 05, 2007, 0:30 p.m.

The Bureaucrat Who Couldn’t
Letting John Negroponte burrow in at State won’t serve our interests.

By Frank Gaffney Jr.

As President George W. Bush struggles to resuscitate his presidency in the wake of last year’s “thumping” at the polls and the increasing assertiveness of freedom’s foes around the world, his own State Department remains one of his biggest impediments. Under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — even more than during the tenure of her predecessor, Colin Powell — rank insubordination and assiduous bureaucratic sabotaging of Bush’s policies has become the norm.

The New Muslim-Liberal Coalition By Peter Skerry

Time Magazine

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006
The New Muslim-Liberal Coalition
The victory of Minnesota's Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the Congress, shows the changing alliances that were set in motion by 9/11
By PETER SKERRY

The victory party for Minnesota's first African-American congressman, Keith Ellison, took place at a trendy nightclub in Minneapolis's downtown warehouse district. Down the block from a glitzy sex shop, Trocaderos is the kind of place where both gays and straights look to get picked up, either at the bar or on the dance floor. But on this occasion, the floor was packed with enthusiastic supporters of Ellison, who also happens to be the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress.

Be Fruitful and Multiply By Mark Steyn


Be Fruitful and Multiply

BY MARK STEYN
December 26, 2006
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/45707

Suppose for a moment that the birth in Bethlehem that Christians celebrate this week never happened — that it is, as the secularists would have it, mere mumbo-jumbo, superstition, a myth. In other words, consider it not as an event but as a narrative. You want to launch a big new global movement from scratch. So what do you use?

Why We're 'Not Winning' By Bret Stephens

The Wall Street Journal

GLOBAL VIEW
By BRET STEPHENS

Why We're 'Not Winning'
December 26, 2006; Page A13

President Bush startled reporters when he acknowledged in a recent interview that we are "not winning" in Iraq, after long insisting we were. That doesn't go far enough. Even as we are stalemated in Iraq, the gains the administration previously made in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon and Palestine are steadily being eroded. Maybe it's a case of returning to the mean. Most people would call it losing.

So was the invasion of Iraq the original sin? Certainly not. What's happening, rather, is that we are suffering the consequences of policy mistakes of relatively recent vintage.

Jimmy Carter's Book: Two Views

The Wall Street Journal

Jimmy Carter's Book:
An Israeli View
By MICHAEL B. OREN

December 26, 2006; Page A12

Several prominent scholars have taken issue with Jimmy Carter's book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," cataloguing its historical inaccuracies and lamenting its lack of balance. The journalist Jeffrey Goldberg also critiqued the book's theological purpose, which, he asserted, was to "convince American Evangelicals to reconsider their support for Israel."

Cozying to Iran, Chasidic Group Draws Ridicule By Gabrielle Birkner

Cozying to Iran, Chasidic Group Draws Ridicule

BY GABRIELLE BIRKNER - Staff Reporter of the Sun
December 19, 2006
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/45413

When the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, last week hosted a conference meant to cast doubt on whether the Holocaust took place, it was no surprise to see Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and prominent Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel among the conferees. But what was a group of New York Jews in black hats, long black coats, and beards doing meeting with the Iranian president who has called the Holocaust "a myth" and stated publicly his desire to "wipe Israel off the map"?

The Road to Tehran By Bret Stephens

The Wall Street Journal

The Road to Tehran
By BRET STEPHENS

December 16, 2006; Page A10

"Not acceptable," says Ban Ki Moon, new Secretary-General of the United Nations. "Repulsive," say the editors of Britain's Guardian newspaper. "An insult . . . to the memory of millions of Jews," says Hillary Rodham Clinton. Global polite society is in an uproar over the Holocaust conference organized this week in Tehran under the auspices of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Moral denunciation is what reasonable people do -- what they must do -- when a regime that avows the future extermination of six million Jews in Israel denies the past extermination of six million Jews in Europe. But let's be frank: Global polite society has been blazing its own merry trail toward this occasion for decades.

Iraq: It's Time To Take Sides By Ralph Peters

New York Post

IRAQ: IT'S TIME TO TAKE SIDES

By RALPH PETERS

December 14, 2006 -- AMERICAN diplomats and politically correct gener als want to be honest bro kers in the Middle East, to achieve peace through forbearance and negotiated compromises. It may be the most-hopeless dream in the history of foreign affairs.

The deadly hatred goes too deep between Shia and Sunni (killing Jews is just for practice). You can't broker peace between fanatics.

East of Athens, you have to pick a side and stick to it, no matter how it behaves toward its enemies. Restraint is viewed as weakness; olive branches signal cowardice, and aid is seen as a bribe.

Speaker Pelosi ~ Editorial

The Wall Street Journal

Speaker Pelosi
November 9, 2006
; Page A14

Tuesday's Democratic election victory was by any measure decisive, yet in the perspective of history also unsurprising. In the sixth year of a two-term Presidency, Americans rebuked Republicans on Capitol Hill who had forgotten their principles and a President who hasn't won the Iraq war he started. While a thumping defeat for the GOP, the vote was about competence, not ideological change.

Two By Ralph Peters

New York Post

IRAQ'S NEW SECRET POLICE

By RALPH PETERS

November 1, 2006 -- WE went to Iraq to overthrow a police state. Through a combination of stubbornness, naivete and noble intentions, we've replaced it with another police state - more violent, more corrupt and less accountable.

As an Army officer remarked to me, Saddam's starting to look good.

Our greatest setback in Iraq may be that country's undoing: It has proven impossible to develop an honest, nonpartisan police establishment anywhere in the country's Arab provinces. The police aren't feared by criminals, but by law-abiding citizens.

The secret police are back, in the form of death squads. And the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki looks perfectly happy with the situation.

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