Lying in the Age of Obama

By Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

A Nation of Liars

The attorney general of the United States lied recently to Congress [1]. He said he knew of no citizen’s communications that his department had monitored. Lie!

In fact, Holder knew [2] that his subordinates were targeting reporters. He also did not tell the truth about the New Black Panthers case [3]. He had sworn that there was no political decision to drop the case. Not true; the decision came from the top. He again lied about the time frame in which he first learned of the Fast and Furious case [4]. Continue reading “Lying in the Age of Obama”

Obama’s Second-Term Embarrassments

“Hope and change” is looking like the 1973 Nixon White House.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he ran to the left of Hillary Clinton as a moral reformer. Continue reading “Obama’s Second-Term Embarrassments”

There Is No There There?

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

Senator Harry Reid may be right that we should wait for the full sordid details before demanding resignations from an increasingly politicized and now apparently confessional IRS (yet the proof of the pudding is that groups such as Media Matters, Think Progress,, and Organizing for America don’t seem to be the sorts subject to unusual IRS scrutiny), but he has lost all moral authority to pontificate about restraint in matters of the IRS Continue reading “There Is No There There?”

Neither, Secretary Clinton

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

Hillary Clinton’s now infamous second question that followed, “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d go kill some Americans?” Continue reading “Neither, Secretary Clinton”

Diplomacy: What Not To Do

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

1980 Redux

We are in scary times. The horrific photos of Ambassador Stevens bring to mind memories of Mogadishu or Fallujah, and make us ask why were there not dozens, if not vastly more, Marines around him in his hour of need. By preemptively caving into radical Islam and not defending the US Constitution and our traditions of protecting even uncouth expression, the Cairo embassy’s shameful communiqué only invited greater hostility by such manifest appeasement. Continue reading “Diplomacy: What Not To Do”

Sophocles in Benghazi

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

What separated the great Athenian tragedian Sophocles from dozens of his contemporaries — now mere names attached to fragments and quotations — were his unmatched characters, an Ajax, Antigone, or Oedipus whose proverbially fatal flaws ultimately led to their own self-destruction. Continue reading “Sophocles in Benghazi”

The Wages of Libya

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

We have had ambassadors murdered abroad before, but we have never seen anything quite like the tragic fate of Chris Stevens. Amid all the controversy over Libya, we have lost sight of the human — and often horrific — story of Benghazi: a US ambassador attacked, cut off and killed alone, after being abused by frenzied terrorists, and a Continue reading “The Wages of Libya”

Thoughts on Cario and Benghazi

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

We Seem to Have Learned Nothing from 9/11

I thought we had learned long ago on 9/11 that radical Islam hates the West not because of troops in Saudi Arabia, or Danish cartoons or Mr. Rushdie, or even, as Dr. Zawahiri and bin Laden once wrote, global warming and an absence of campaign-finance reform — or, this week, a low-rent, do-it-yourself crackpot video — but out of a deep sense of its own inferiority in a globalized world, whose causes run throughout traditional Middle Eastern society Continue reading “Thoughts on Cario and Benghazi”

Obama Administration’s War on Persecuted Christians

by Raymond Ibrahim

Investigative Project on Terrorism

The Obama administration’s support for its Islamist allies means lack of US support for their enemies, or, more properly identified, victims — the Christian and other non-Muslim minorities of the Muslim world. Consider the many recent proofs: Continue reading “Obama Administration’s War on Persecuted Christians”

The Democracy Delusion and Obama’s Failed Mideast Policy

by Bruce Thornton

Frontpage Magazine

The New York Times headline on Secretary of State Clinton’s visit to Egypt said it all: “US Is in a Quandary.” That’s putting it mildly. Better words for this administration’s foreign policy are “confused,” “contradictory,” and “delusional.” Continue reading “The Democracy Delusion and Obama’s Failed Mideast Policy”