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The Other Obama

In several posts recently, I’ve come down on Barack Obama for his increasingly populist message, and for me, his low point in this campaign came during the NAFTA discussion in the Ohio debate. Even as I mentally wrote his words off as primary-campaign pandering, I was extremely uncomfortable. I vastly prefer the pragmatic Obama; the [...]

Do you know the difference?

Question: What’s the difference between these people and this photo? (It’s a trick question; the answer is… nothing!)

Captured in his burqa

Polimom greatly treasures the fact that my nation isn’t governed by religious law — particularly laws that restrict women. There are, of course, millions of Muslim women living in secular countries who consciously and deliberately choose to cover themselves, and when it’s a choice, I think it’s not only supportable, but admirable. In some quarters, [...]

The Taleban is al Qaeda

A NY Times article this morning has everyone doing their best Gomer Pyle imitations: American officials said there was mounting evidence that Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, had been steadily building an operations hub in the mountainous Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan. Until recently, the Bush administration had described Mr. bin [...]


Evidently we’ve decided to pay some serious attention to Afghanistan… and we’re also getting pretty fed up with some of our NATO allies: The imbalance in Afghanistan has become a sore point among allies.Troops from Canada, Britain, the Netherlands and the United States have been doing most of the fighting and leaders of those countries [...]