OPINIONS: Egypt: Mubarak and the Shah (OBAMA, CARTER LEGACY)

January 31, 2011



and the Shah

by Michael Ledeen

There are some eery similarities between Egypt 2011 and Iran 1979, and some of them are unfortunately about American leadership.

What’s the Matter with Egypt?

by Victor Davis Hanson

The same thing that is the matter with most of the modern Middle East.

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Egypt: Please, Not ElBaradei

by Claudia Rosett

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”)

Egypt: Three Possible Outcomes

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.

Who Is Charles Krauthammer?

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.”)

Egypt: What Sauce Will Obama Use When He Eats His Words?

by Roger Kimball

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?

WikiLeaks: Catty Embassy Gossip Directed at Azerbaijan’s First Lady

by Norma Zager

A misogynistic attack on Mehriban Aliyeva, an accomplished, independent woman who serves as a stylish role model for young Muslim girls.

Fix Immigration Now

by Jeff Pope

Here’s how to do it.

Al-Qaeda to American Muslims: Kill the Infidel, Make a Living!

by Brian Fairchild

Al-Qaeda is undertaking a new strategy: encouraging American Muslims to become a self-sustaining arm of the international jihad.

Egypt: What’s Happening Now (Updated)

by Josh Shahryar

Mubarak not stepping down. “Down Down with Mubarak!” (Also read Roger L. Simon: “Will Iran reignite?” )

Video: SecState Clinton’s robotic statement on Egypt

by Bryan Preston

The Obama administration’s most detailed comments to date. UPDATED.

Welcome to the Oddball Club

by Victor Davis Hanson

We in the oddball club live two lives, as sort of wandering souls who censor our speech and thoughts hourly.

Obama’s Empty Talk Hides the True State of the Union

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.

The 1998 Rampart Scandal Continues to Reverberate in the LAPD

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”)

Tyler Clementi Act a Serious Threat to Free Speech

by Robert Shibley

An anti-harassment bill being introduced in Congress threatens to stifle freedom of expression even more on college campuses.

New Silicon Graffiti Video: ‘Steer the Coverage’

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.

The Gray Lady Goes to (Spy) War

by Michael Ledeen

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.

Uncle Sam’s Dangerous Deterioration

by Tom Blumer

The state of the union is financially weak, and getting weaker.

What Obama Didn’t Mention in His SOTU Speech

by Richard Pollock

Climate change? Osama bin Laden? The housing crisis? (Also read “SOTU reax” and “One way to save money: abolish the SOTU” at the Tatler.)

State of the Union Blues

by Roger Kimball

I’m not watching tonight. I’m not quite ready for the 2012 campaign kickoff. (Also read State of the Union coverage by Amy Holmes and Richard Pollock, among others, at the Tatler.)

Bernie Sanders Doth Protest Too Much

by Howard Nemerov

The Vermont senator used the Tucson shooting to fill his reelection campaign coffers. But campaign finance data challenges his veracity.

Don’t Cry for Olbermann

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

His tacky little adolescent temper tantrums, euphemistically called Countdown, may be reincarnated somewhere else.

HuffPo’s Peter Dreier takes on Radosh and Fails

by Ron Radosh

If you don’t have the facts, invent them and/or pound the table. Dreier does both.

The Push to Create Palestine

by P. David Hornik

As Arab regimes fail, misguided countries seek another.

Is the Leftist Media ‘Fair and Balanced’ on Christian Persecution?

by Raymond Ibrahim

Isn’t the MSM supposed to be out to help the “underdog”?

atching Egypt With a Wary Eye – David Warren, Ottawa Citizen
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


Private Sector Creates Jobs, Not Government – Washington Examiner
Score One For The Geeks – Chicago Tribune
Professor Cornpone – Wall Street Journal
Emanuel for Mayor – Chicago Sun-Times

Glenn Beck, Frances Fox Piven, and How the New York Times Falsely Depicts the Controversy

by Ron Radosh

Who is the one inciting violence? (Also read Charlie Martin at the Tatler: “More Ring Lardnerism”)

What Can We Learn from 2010 in 2012?

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

Breaking news: Lars Hedegaard Acquitted!
January 31, 2011
A victory for free speech, and a defeat for Islamists and their abbetors in Europe. More

Florida judge may rule today on Obamacare constitutionality
January 31, 2011
Will the judge issue an injunction against implementing Obamacare? More

Syria’s Assad running scared
January 31, 2011
Any reforms he initiates will only whet the appetite of the people for greater freedom. More

George W. Bush: Visionary or just lucky?
January 31, 2011
Either way, the former president’s call for democracy can’t be ignored. More

Electrifying electric car news
January 31, 2011
Shocking revelations about performance in cold weather! 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

Clinton calls for ‘real democracy’ in Egypt
January 31, 2011
Backing away from Mubarak without really backing away. More

Gingrich AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Opinion: Gingrich’s take on Obama’s vision

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 »

US military’s last barrier to equality: ban on women in combat

The Christian Science Monitor – Fri Jan 28, 9:05 am ET

Gun control in Congress: Lawmakers must shed their fear of NRA

The Christian Science Monitor – Thu Jan 27, 4:03 pm ET

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

Thus Spake FDR
January 30, 2011
The incredible power of four little words. More

President Stealth
January 30, 2011
We are steps closer to becoming the Unionized States of America. More

Before Talking About Gun Control, First Learn Something About Guns!

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.

The Egyptian Revolt and Imperial Islamism
G. Murphy Donovan
The Arab revolt underway in Egypt may be unique. More

Why We Should Fear the Moslem Brothers
Karin McQuillan
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 Media, Reagan and Obama
Ed Lasky
The media treated Ronald Reagan disgracefully when he was alive. To use him when he is dead to bolster Barack Obama compounds the insult. More

The Race Game and Obama’s Campaign for 2012
Jack Kerwick
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

Obama’s 3 AM Moment
Nancy Morgan
Which candidate was best qualified to handle a 3 AM moment? America now has a partial answer. Not President Obama. More

Laughing your head off in Liberal Land
Jack Kemp
The new tone of civility the liberals are pursuing apparently includes wishing violent death on Sarah Palin. More

NOW Goes Shark Jumping
Betsy M. Galliher
Again and again, Leftists prove their goal is no longer liberation, but victimization. More

Did Olbermann Quit or Was He Pushed Out?

by Bryan Preston

The final Countdown.

Free Speech on Trial in Austria … and Europe

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”)

Get Ready for an Obama Victory in 2012

by Roger L Simon

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.

Muslim Brotherhood Involved in Middle East Revolutions

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report

The infamous Islamist group appears to have a guiding hand in the current crisis in the Middle East.

Losing Egypt

Alan Caruba

If Egypt’s revolution is taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood, this will severely endanger American interests.

In Long Run, Civility Prevails

Salena Zito

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.

Britain’s National Union of Teachers: Promoting Far-Left Ideology

Edmund Standing

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?

When Good Muslims Go Bad

Lt. Colonel James Zumwalt, USMC (ret)

Where is the line which a good Muslim must cross over to become an Islamist?

Where Is The Honor?

Gadi Adelman

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?

The Breaking of the Magic Spell:

Where Imitation Moves Toward Healthy Identification As Democratization

Nancy Kobrin, PhD, Joan Lachkar, PhD

Regressed societies will not be able to avoid self-destruction until they deal with their devaluing of women, clinging to false “honor” concepts.

Will The End of the Color Coded Alert System Be a Danger to Americans?

Dr. Dave McIntyre

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?

Understanding the Middle East Crisis: Egypt

The Editor

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.

Today’s Hot Topics

We choose, you peruse.

  1. World Leaders Call on Egypt to Implement Reforms (AP)

  2. Controversial Muslim cleric caught being smuggled into U.S. over Mexico border (DAILY MAIL)

  3. U.S. to provide evacuation flights as Egypt unrest spreads (USA TODAY)

  4. More Egyptian protesters demand that White House condemn Mubarak (WA PO)

  5. Bradley Manning copied secret documents thanks to lack of safeguards, book claims (TELEGRAPH)

  6. Spain’s jobless rate surges to 20.33% (YAHOO)

  7. Immigration sweep nets 83 arrests in 2 days (USA TODAY)

  8. Russian Authorities Identify Airport Bomber (TELEGRAPH)

  9. Iran Sees Rise of Islamic Hard-Liners (NYT)

  10. Man Arrested With Explosives Outside One of Nation’s Largest Mosques (AP)

Israel’s Left Cracks Up

by Barry Rubin

Will Netanyahu emerge stronger from this pivotal moment?

China: The First Mature Fascist State

by Michael Ledeen

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.

ObamaCare DOA in the Senate? Not so Fast …

by Bryan Preston

Repeal’s chances may be better than they seem.

The War Against Palin Goes On and On and …

by Victor Davis Hanson

Palin is scary to the left not so much for 2012, but because she could be around for a long time to come.

Patience Not a Virtue as Our Problems with China Grow

by William Hawkins

Our relationship is based on the notion that China is always right, the U.S. is always wrong, and important problems should be ignored.

Hu Jintao ‘Showing His Tail’: Visit Will Encourage Further Belligerence

by Gordon G. Chang

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.

The Post-Tucson Era

by Victor Davis Hanson

Will Obama 2.0 work? Perhaps, especially if conservatives ornate the Clinton ’96 analogy with their own Bob Dole in 2012.

Introducing…the Tatler (Updated)

by Bryan Preston

Pajamas Media and PJTV’s new group blog.

Gov. Rick Perry Blogs the Opening of the Texas Legislature’s 82nd Session at the Tatler

by Gov. Rick Perry

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.

Shooting in Tucson

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:

Happy Birthday, Pajamas Media

by Roger L Simon

Pajamas Media makes it to five years old … with mistakes and some successes too.

The New American Fans of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

by Ron Radosh

Let’s avoid counsel from those who would accept and appease radical Islamists who appear in sheep’s clothing.

After Tucson, Getting Involuntary Commitment Right

by Mike McDaniel

We must reverse the damage done by the radical ’60s view of mental illness.

Want to Save Real Money in D.C.?

by Carey Roberts

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.

Egypt: The Race for the Keys

by Richard Fernandez

As the Mubarak regime goes into the last stages of existence, the race is on for the real treasures of a great state.

The British Disease, Coming Soon to a Bureaucracy Near You

by Roger Kimball

Executive Order 13522 presages another giant engorgement of an insatiable anti-democratic bureaucracy that is teetering out of control.

Egypt and Iran: Will We Again Fuel the Fires of Revolution?

by Abraham H. Miller

If Obama emulates the horrendous decisions Jimmy Carter made during the Iranian revolution, radical Islam will spread through the region like a forest fire.

Remembering the Iran-Al-Qaeda Link

by N.M. Guariglia

The connection that Western intelligence agencies fear to make.

Egypt: Revolution? By Whom? For What?

by Michael Ledeen

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”)

Should You Kick Your Dog Out of Bed Tonight?

by Julia Szabo

Irresponsible reporting on the chances of your pet giving you a life-threatening disease does far more harm than good.

Barak’s Exit Reveals Weakness of the Israeli Left

by Benjamin Kerstein

Israeli liberals have never recovered from the failure of the Oslo Accords and the carnage of the second intifada.

GE’s Immelt? Not the Job Change We Can Believe In

by Tom Borelli

The corporate titan cashes in on Obama’s big-government ways.

Backward Ran the Photoshops Until Reeled the Voters

by Ed Driscoll

Why Time magazine Photoshopped an approving Ronald Reagan next to Barack Obama for their latest cover.

Dustbins I Have Known

by Richard Fernandez

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.”)

Rabbis Spend $100K to Slam Beck for Slamming Soros

by Roger L Simon

The fact that Soros is a self-admitted Nazi collaborator who feels no guilt about his actions seems to have escaped the learned rabbis.

Iran’s Defense Minister Vahidi Threatens the West. Remember Who He Is?

by ‘Reza Kahlili’

He was one of the leaders responsible for the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, among other horrors.

National Debt Increases by About $100 Million During the State of the Union Address

by Jeffrey H. Anderson

Yet President Obama offered no serious proposals for reducing spending or debt.

State of the Future

by Claudia Rosett

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”)

‘Climate of Hate’ Obsessives Give Culture of Death a Pass

by Bob Owens

Think Jared Loughner was evil? Meet Kermit Gosnell.

Private Citizens Fight Voter Fraud

by J. Christian Adams

Upholding the law when government won’t.

The Kevin Bacon of American Jihad

by Adam Turner

Whenever jihadist groups threaten free speech in America or Europe, you can bet an associate of Revolution Muslim is somehow involved.

Drunkblogging the State of the Union

by Stephen Green

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.)

Is Science Fiction Getting More Conservative?

by Patrick Richardson

Two legends and two newcomers weigh in.

This Article Is Guaranteed Not to Incite Violence

by Frank J. Fleming

If you commit violence, at least tell everyone you were inspired by a Dave Barry column and not me.

Is President Obama Shifting Right, or Being Shifty?

by Dan Miller

He’s playing both ends against the middle. Nuts? Don’t bet on it.

Competitiveness Where It Counts

by Mary Claire Kendall

Does Obama have 2012 in the bag? Not so fast; it’s still the economy, stupid.

Why Does the American Conservative Union Welcome Suhail Khan?

by Roger Kimball

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.

America the Broke

by Matt Patterson

Here comes a reckoning we won’t soon forget.

The Moscow Bombing: More Changes in Airport Security Coming?

by Richard Fernandez

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.)

Muslims of the Americas’ New Target: Gullible Christians

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.

Philadelphia Authorities Discover Abortion House of Horrors

by Richard Fernandez

“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.

Beware of Bureaucrats Bearing Gifts

by Publius Audax

When a bureaucrat calls for accountability, it means he has found a way to game the system.

Out with Churchill, in with the Saudi Gift Bonanza

by Claudia Rosett

The Saudis gave Obama, his family, and members of his administration more than $300,000 worth of presents in 2009.

Obama’s Mandela Moment

by Victor Davis Hanson

Why the president’s approval ratings have skyrocketed this month.

A Case of Possession?

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 to Men: ‘No Man, No Problem’

by Bernard Chapin

ESPN is the new Democratic Party, and female privilege is the new equality.

Human Rights Imperialism: Leftist Satire or Moral Collapse?

by Zombie

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.

Obama Admin Lobbying Honduras To Allow Zelaya Back In? Are You Kidding?

by Alberto de la Cruz

What could possibly be the motive behind this lunacy?

France’s ‘Far Right’ Gathering Support … on the Left

by John Rosenthal

New National Front leader Marine Le Pen is riding high in the polls. And the French Socialists are concerned.

Many Students Learn Little to Nothing in College. Surprise?

by Abraham H. Miller

No kidding. The big surprise is that this is news to anybody.

China’s Regional Ambitions Threaten U.S. Allies

by Seth Cropsey

Let’s not forget Taiwan, Japan, and other U.S. friends in the region.

The Photograph—Updated, with an Additional Photo

by Michael S. Malone

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.

How Bad Does a Nazi Have To Be … To Be Bad?

by Roger L Simon

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.

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