OPINIONS: Egypt: Mubarak and the Shah (OBAMA, CARTER LEGACY)
There are some eery similarities between Egypt 2011 and Iran 1979, and some of them are unfortunately about American leadership.
The same thing that is the matter with most of the modern Middle East.
It is not at all reassuring to see the former IAEA chief emerging as a potential leader of the opposition in Egypt. (Update: Read Anne Bayefsky at the Tatler: “The Iranian Frontman”)
by Barry Rubin
It might be the entire Western position in the Middle East that is swept away, and one dictatorship might be replaced by a worse one. I hope this analysis is wrong; I fear that it is accurate.
by David Solway
There’s something cryptic and elusive about Krauthammer, like the coy Waldo in the famous puzzle. (And don’t miss Steve Green on “Krauthammer Correcting Krauthammer.”)
The “unrest” (a polite word for “riots”) we are seeing in Egypt is certainly “popular” unrest. We are supposed to be in favor of unrest when it is “popular,” aren’t we?
by Norma Zager
A misogynistic attack on Mehriban Aliyeva, an accomplished, independent woman who serves as a stylish role model for young Muslim girls.
Al-Qaeda is undertaking a new strategy: encouraging American Muslims to become a self-sustaining arm of the international jihad.
Mubarak not stepping down. “Down Down with Mubarak!” (Also read Roger L. Simon: “Will Iran reignite?” )
The Obama administration’s most detailed comments to date. UPDATED.
We in the oddball club live two lives, as sort of wandering souls who censor our speech and thoughts hourly.
by Lisa Fritsch
At this time of great national uncertainty, it would have been better for Obama to be more introspective about the state of our union, rather than the extrovert he was the other night.
by Jack Dunphy
As is often the case when government inserts itself where it has no business, the best of intentions can yield disastrous results. For L.A., this means more people will be murdered this year than last. (Also read J. Christian Adams at the Tatler: “Steve Rosenbaum: foe of LAPD, friend of New Black Panthers”)
An anti-harassment bill being introduced in Congress threatens to stifle freedom of expression even more on college campuses.
by Ed Driscoll
From Kennedy to Katrina, the prefab media template that accompanied the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords was far from the first time the MSM bent the facts like a pretzel to build a narrative around an emotionally-charged event.
Why has the New York Times gotten so obsessed with Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, a retired CIA Operations Officer? Michael Ledeen dusts off his battered Ouija board and contacts the late head of CIA counterintelligence, James Jesus Angleton, for answers.
by Tom Blumer
The state of the union is financially weak, and getting weaker.
The Vermont senator used the Tucson shooting to fill his reelection campaign coffers. But campaign finance data challenges his veracity.
His tacky little adolescent temper tantrums, euphemistically called Countdown, may be reincarnated somewhere else.
by Ron Radosh
If you don’t have the facts, invent them and/or pound the table. Dreier does both.
As Arab regimes fail, misguided countries seek another.
Isn’t the MSM supposed to be out to help the “underdog”?
Change in Egypt Is Good – Anne Applebaum, Slate
A Note of Warning & Encouragement – Abbas Milani, The New Republic
Fear the Muslim Brotherhood – Andrew McCarthy, National Review
Can Obama Make Sense of Government? – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
By the Numbers: Good Omens for GOP in ’12 – Michael Barone, DC Examiner
Majority Tells GOP to Heed Tea Party Movement – Andrew Malcolm, LAT
Will Egypt Spark Return of Stagflation? – Charles Gasparino, Daily Beast
Why Egypt is Making China Very Nervous – Gordon Chang, Forbes
The Great Afghan Bank Heist – Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker
U.S. Has Lost Interest, But Troops Still Dying – Gary Younge, The Guardian
Successful Innovation Requires Failure Too – Bill Frezza, RealClearMarkets
Rahm Prepares to Take Over Chicago – Jonathan Alter, Newsweek
“Nobody Gets Married Any More, Mister” – Gerry Garibaldi, City Journal
Pawlenty Confronted Steel Company Over Ties to Iran – Erin McPike, RCP
John Thune Considers a Presidential Bid – Jill Lawrence, Politics Daily
Now Even Democrats Love Reagan – Ryan Cole, The American Spectator
Sunday Video Highlights: Clinton | Boehner | Daley | McConnell | More
by Ron Radosh
Who is the one inciting violence? (Also read Charlie Martin at the Tatler: “More Ring Lardnerism”)
by Myra Adams
Did the 2010 midterms turn “blue” states “red” in time for the 2012 presidential election?
Egypt protestors plan million man march for tomorrow
January 31, 2011
Protestors think that such a massive display will topple Mubarak. More
Florida judge may rule today on Obamacare constitutionality
January 31, 2011
Will the judge issue an injunction against implementing Obamacare? More
Barack Obama, the Etch-A-Sketch President
January 31, 2011
This past week it was Ronald Reagan. Do you wonder which historical, great leader, Obama and his handlers might choose next for him to impersonate? More
Exclusive to Yahoo! News – Thu Jan 27, 2:00 pm ET By Newt Gingrich When I first heard that President Obama was using “winning the future” as the theme of his state of the union I thought it was ironically funny. I wrote a book, “Winning the Future: A 21st Century … Full Story »
The Christian Science Monitor – Fri Jan 28, 9:05 am ET
The Christian Science Monitor – Thu Jan 27, 4:03 pm ET
- Why most Americans are both liberal and conservative The Christian Science Monitor – Thu Jan 27, 10:43 am ET
- Morning Vid: Live From New York, It’s Mark Zuckerberg The Atlantic Wire – 1 hr 52 mins ago
- Obama’s Renewable Energy: What Happened to Global Warming? The Atlantic Wire – 2 hrs 5 mins ago
Huffington Post – Sun Jan 30, 2:56 am ET
“Internet not working, police cars burning,” sent out one Egyptian. “Today marks a great day for Egypt,” sent out another. Full Story »
Cynthia Tucker – Sat Jan 29, 7:54 pm ET
WASHINGTON — Since capitalism is the nation’s official religion, President Obama must bow before business executives, who don’t believe he has been sufficiently fawning. It wasn’t enough for Obama to expend taxpayer funds, as his predecessor did, to save capitalism. Full Story »
David Shribman – Sat Jan 29, 7:54 pm ET
JACKSON, N.H. — There is snow on the roof of the red covered bridge, the whoosh of cross-country skiers in the fields, a bustle in the village despite temperatures in single digits. The other night the moon glistened, and so did the ice below. This seems a world apart. Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – Sat Jan 29, 6:35 pm ET
Ted Rall – Fri Jan 28, 7:55 pm ET
LOS ANGELES–I can’t stop thinking about what Obama said about Christina-Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl shot to death in Tucson. Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – Fri Jan 28, 6:18 pm ET
WASHINGTON, DC – While most pundits, in advance of next week’s Super Bowl, are handicapping whether the Green Bay Packers or Pittsburgh Steelers have the upper hand, the New Yorker’s Ben McGrath poses a far more troubling question: “How many of the men on the field in the Super Bowl will be playing with incipient dementia?” Full Story »
Huffington Post – Fri Jan 28, 6:14 pm ET
Read Bill Maher’s other articles on HuffingtonPost.com Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – Fri Jan 28, 6:07 pm ET
WASHINGTON, DC – WikiLeaks has released new secret State Department cables showing the U.S.’s growing uneasiness with the Egyptian government–including its suppression of the press. In an attempted to silence critics and stop protests that have intensified in the past week, Egypt has switched off the Internet within its borders. Mediaite’s Alex Alvarez points to several revealing cables from the latest WikiLeaks dump. Full Story »
Huffington Post – Fri Jan 28, 5:53 pm ET
Read Melinda Gates’s other articles on HuffingtonPost.com Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – Fri Jan 28, 5:50 pm ET
The Atlantic Wire – Fri Jan 28, 5:10 pm ET
The Nation – Fri Jan 28, 2:30 pm ET
The Nation — Given that the repressive government of Egypt received $1.5 billion in military and economic aid from the US government in 2010, it’s not surprising that it is also well represented in Washington’s lobbying community on K Street. Full Story »
A unique form of double dipping by ‘retired’ IL school superintendents
January 31, 2011
Imagine retiring and drawing a big pension and then moving to another state to take up similar job. More
Obama and the Ripple Effect
January 30, 2011
One of President Obama’s weaknesses is that, in foreign policy, he is not a clever chess player, anticipating moves and consequences several steps down the line. More
by Bob Owens
Robert Creamer’s latest in the Huffington Post displays the same level of ignorance that certain congressmen and advocates have assaulted law-abiding Americans with for decades.
Why We Should Fear the Moslem Brothers
It is impossible to assess the danger posed by a takeover of Egypt by the Moslem Brothers without knowing that Nazism launched the Brothers and is still at their core More
The Race Game and Obama’s Campaign for 2012
In a word, race promises to play at least as large a role in the next election as it played in the last presidential race. Rest assured, it is on this that Barack Obama and his cronies are counting. More
The final Countdown.
by Soeren Kern
The trial of Austrian anti-Sharia activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for “denigrating” Islam has major implications for free speech in Europe. (Also read Michael Ledeen: “Islamophobia”)
The good news? Gridlock, courtesy of a GOP Senate in 2012. The bad news: Well, legacy journalists are busy writing their “Comeback kid” articles even as we speak, and are prepared to go all-in once again next year.
The infamous Islamist group appears to have a guiding hand in the current crisis in the Middle East.
If Egypt’s revolution is taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood, this will severely endanger American interests.
There have always been conflicts in Congress, but these never stopped outbreaks of civility when bills were passed. At least today, no-one’s throwing spittoons at each other.
If Britain’s main union for teachers even supports the terror group Hamas, is there hope for children indoctrinated by teachers with such extreme views? Could it happen in America?
Where is the line which a good Muslim must cross over to become an Islamist?
Currently there are two trials in America for suspected “honor” killings. What twisted sense of honor can compel a person to murder someone they are supposed to love?
Regressed societies will not be able to avoid self-destruction until they deal with their devaluing of women, clinging to false “honor” concepts.
The five-level DHS Security Advisory System, with its rainbow colors, may be replaced by a system with only two levels. What is really wrong with the current system?
The Middle East is in turmoil, and stable but inflexible regimes that were close to the West are in danger of collapse. In the first of a short series, the crisis in Egypt is examined.
by Barry Rubin
Will Netanyahu emerge stronger from this pivotal moment?
For nearly ten years, I have been arguing that China may well be the first example of a mature fascism in power. The highest praise imaginable has been bestowed on this theory, by the People’s Republic itself.
Repeal’s chances may be better than they seem.
Palin is scary to the left not so much for 2012, but because she could be around for a long time to come.
Our relationship is based on the notion that China is always right, the U.S. is always wrong, and important problems should be ignored.
The White House needs to send out a disinvite. They are feeding Hu’s arrogance and making him more difficult to deal with in the future.
Will Obama 2.0 work? Perhaps, especially if conservatives ornate the Clinton ’96 analogy with their own Bob Dole in 2012.
Pajamas Media and PJTV’s new group blog.
Over at PJM’s new Tatler blog, Texas Gov. Rick Perry joins the fray, blogging the beginning of the Lone Star State’s 82nd legislative session. Gov. Perry will appear in the Tatler once in a while to update us on news and issues of importance to the state and the nation.
by Ed Driscoll
A horrific shooting incident on Saturday has left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) critically wounded, Federal Judge John M. Roll and five others dead, and 11 others wounded. For Pajamas Media’s coverage of the incident, don’t miss:
- Ed Driscoll: Horrific: Arizona Congresswoman Shot, Federal Judge Killed
- Richard Fernandez on suspected gunman Jared Lee Loughner
- Zombie with Loughner’s video manifesto and a transcript
- Michael Ledeen on The MSM’s rush to judgement
- Driscoll on “Putting the Narrative Before the Horse”
- And continuous updates on Instapundit
by Ron Radosh
Let’s avoid counsel from those who would accept and appease radical Islamists who appear in sheep’s clothing.
We must reverse the damage done by the radical ’60s view of mental illness.
Women now compose half the U.S. workforce. So let’s do a victory-lap for gender equality and stop the feminist set-asides and quota-mongering.
As the Mubarak regime goes into the last stages of existence, the race is on for the real treasures of a great state.
Executive Order 13522 presages another giant engorgement of an insatiable anti-democratic bureaucracy that is teetering out of control.
If Obama emulates the horrendous decisions Jimmy Carter made during the Iranian revolution, radical Islam will spread through the region like a forest fire.
The connection that Western intelligence agencies fear to make.
Egypt’s destiny will be determined by a fight among Egyptian people, some of whom wish to be free and others who wish to install a tyranny worse than Mubarak’s. (Also read Richard Fernandez: “Mubarak Obama”)
by Julia Szabo
Irresponsible reporting on the chances of your pet giving you a life-threatening disease does far more harm than good.
Israeli liberals have never recovered from the failure of the Oslo Accords and the carnage of the second intifada.
by Tom Borelli
The corporate titan cashes in on Obama’s big-government ways.
by Ed Driscoll
Why Time magazine Photoshopped an approving Ronald Reagan next to Barack Obama for their latest cover.
There’s a possibility that if Mubarak falls, it will have an effect analogous to the collapse of the shah during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. (Update: Don’t miss Steve Green on “Takin’ It to the Streets.”)
The fact that Soros is a self-admitted Nazi collaborator who feels no guilt about his actions seems to have escaped the learned rabbis.
He was one of the leaders responsible for the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, among other horrors.
Yet President Obama offered no serious proposals for reducing spending or debt.
The SOTU address gave me visions of 100,000 new (and unionized) engineering and science teachers criss-crossing rural America in windmill-powered, solar-paneled high-speed trains — questing after the three doctors who will still be in private practice once ObamaCare really takes hold. (Also read Michael Ledeen at the Tatler: “The State of Confusion”)
by Bob Owens
Think Jared Loughner was evil? Meet Kermit Gosnell.
Upholding the law when government won’t.
by Adam Turner
Whenever jihadist groups threaten free speech in America or Europe, you can bet an associate of Revolution Muslim is somehow involved.
President Obama makes his second State of the Union speech tonight. The Vodkapundit is ready — martinis in hand. (And for wall to wall live video coverage, check out PJTV, which is carrying both the SOTU and GOP responses live, as well as plenty of commentary, beginning at 5:00 PM Pacific/8:00 PM Eastern.)
Two legends and two newcomers weigh in.
If you commit violence, at least tell everyone you were inspired by a Dave Barry column and not me.
by Dan Miller
He’s playing both ends against the middle. Nuts? Don’t bet on it.
Does Obama have 2012 in the bag? Not so fast; it’s still the economy, stupid.
Lots of virtual ink has spilled over GOProud attending CPAC. But then there’s Suhail Khan, self-appointed GOP Muslim ambassador to the conservative world. Remember the story of the wolf in sheep’s clothing? Keep it in mind as you ponder Mr. Khan.
Here comes a reckoning we won’t soon forget.
People simply have to congregate somewhere in airports, whether at the terminal or the curb. We have to prevent bombings with better intelligence. (Also read Roger L. Simon on the Moscow bombing.)
by Ryan Mauro
How the MOA is using a front group that performs outreach to Christians in order to obscure its radical, anti-Semitic activities.
“Prolife, Kermit Gosnell isn’t ours. He’s yours. Bravo,” one leftwing blogger tweeted last week, in an echo of the left’s attempt to redirect the blame for the Tuscon gunman earlier this month.
When a bureaucrat calls for accountability, it means he has found a way to game the system.
The Saudis gave Obama, his family, and members of his administration more than $300,000 worth of presents in 2009.
Why the president’s approval ratings have skyrocketed this month.
by David Solway
Is it possible that the left is in the grip of a Satanic possession? (Also read J. Christian Adams at the Tatler: “Foul becomes fair.”)
ESPN is the new Democratic Party, and female privilege is the new equality.
Watching the Guardian try to wish universal human rights into the cornfield, I realized that this was the modern left finally taking its last inevitable step into the abyss of moral oblivion.
What could possibly be the motive behind this lunacy?
New National Front leader Marine Le Pen is riding high in the polls. And the French Socialists are concerned.
No kidding. The big surprise is that this is news to anybody.
by Seth Cropsey
Let’s not forget Taiwan, Japan, and other U.S. friends in the region.
This past Christmas, thanks to a photograph I received from out of the blue, I was able to turn to my wife and sons and say, “There’s my childhood.” And to tell myself: even though it was nearly a half-century ago, it was real. Update 1/20/11: Per the request of the readers, another photo referenced in the article has been added at end of the piece.
Himmler’s assistant Bernhard Frank has been living in plain sight in Germany for decades, until Mark Gould got him to talk on camera, in a video now online at the PJ Institute. And yet for some in the American MSM, Gould himself is the story and not Frank.