Thursday, February 07, 2013

Cruising the Web

Already we're seeing how misguided John Kerry's world view is. Just why does he say that Egypt is "a force for peace" in the Middle East and that the Muslim Brotherhood running that country have the same goals in the Middle East that the United States does?

Peter Kirsanow has some questions for the President. Remember when Obama told us that waterboarding is "not who we are"? So why are targeted assassinations that may kill bystanders "who we are"?
But if you maintain that waterboarding a senior operational leader of al-Qaeda — indeed, the the confessed mastermind of the plot that killed 3,000 Americans — is “not who we are,” how do you maintain that the assassination of a 16-year-old American — unlikely a senior operational leader – is who we are?

How is waterboarding known al-Qaeda leaders who admit to plotting future catastrophic terrorist attacks on the U.S. “contrary to our ideals,” but assassinating a 16-year-old American — who may or may not have an affiliation with al-Qaeda – not contrary to those same ideals?
And then Kirsanow reminds us how Obama's Justice Department conducted a three-year investigation of CIA officials involved in enhanced interrogations despite the fact that they had previously been cleared. Are they going to conduct that same sort of investigation of those involved in targeted assassinations?

Rich Lowry gets at the heart of the left's consternation at Obama's assumption of authority to decide when American citizens can be killed abroad. I mean, it's like Obama has suddenly become Dick Cheney or George W. Bush. Perhaps the left will finally realize that the obloquy they (and Senator Obama) heaped on the Bush administration for their approach to fighting terrorists was unwarranted and that these are very difficult questions that don't easily fit into easily defined parameters of what is right and what is wrong.

Daniel Henninger desires some "artisanal government." Not for the next four years.

Exploding the myth about Democratic voter suppression in the 2012 elections. It just didn't happen.

Michelle Rhee explains why she came out in favor of the D.C. voucher program.

Ron Unz presents some remarkable data showing how the percentage of Asians admitted to Ivy League universities has stayed remarkably the same over the past 21 years although the number of Asians of college-age has more than doubled. It's time to admit that if it looks like a quota and acts like a quota, it is a quota and thus unconstitutional.