First Gaffe of the Campaign?

If Hugh Hewitt is right, the distinction goes to Barack Obama for promising to meet the leaders of “Iran, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea without precondition.” Huh. Didn’t Jimmy Carter promise something like that in 1976? Except then it was China, the Soviet Union, East Germany, and the Grand Dutchy of Fenwick. This gaff…

American Support For War Grows

The New York Times, believe it or not, has this story in its campaign blog: Poll: American Support for War Inches Up The story cites an NYT/CBS Poll that showed America support for war in Iraq rose to 41% in July from 35% in May. You will not see this story on the CBS Evening…

Is Al Qaeda Impotent?

Captain Ed raises an interesting point in response to al Qaeda’s declaration of war on North Africa Despite their general inability to prevail in Iraq, successfully detonate explosives in Britain, and do anything else in the US, AQ warned Muslims to stay away from their own government buildings on the south side of the Mediterranean…

Welcome Back!

You might have received an ugly error if you tried to view Hennessy’s View in the past week.  I switched hosting providers (I’m on GoDaddy), and I transfered the domain over to the new hoster.  Unfortunately, Yahoo!, the losing registrar, locked the DNS, leaving the site without a host file for a week. But now…

Thompson to Announce in September

****THIS IS HENNESSY’S VIEW’S 1000TH POST SINCE AUGUST, 2000**** As an act of courtesy to the politics-weary American public, Fred Thompson is likely to announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination for President in September, according to columnist-reporter Robert Novak. Thompson’s late entry may reverse a trend in recent years in which the next presidential…

Democrats Favor Terrorists Over Constituents

I hyperbolize now and then, but not this time. Democrats in the House and Senate voted to encourage criminal prosecution of Americans who report suspicious activity (Gateway Pundit). Do you know how difficult it is to formulate a more dramatic representation of that fact than the fact itself (Discerning Texan)? I hate Democrats. Yeah, I…

Hillary Hysterium

Senator Clinton asked the Pentagon to describe its plans to withdraw from Iraq. The Pentagon—specifically, undersecretary of defense, Eric Edelman—replied in the most appropriate manner imaginable: Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are…

Peggy Noonan: Turning Coats Softly With Her Song

Peggy Noonan is a great ally and a doubtful foe. She turned, mildly, on Reagan. She has turned on Bush. So what. Her human insights are wonderful, her writing , usually, excellent. She is setting up her pick for 2008 awkwardly. Bush supporters and detractors, alike, have made much of Ms. Noonan’s Friday Opinion Journal…

The Perfect Casual Jacket

The right casual jacket sets a mood, an image, and an expectation that can make an entire year somehow better. It’s about this time of year when I get weary of summer. I start looking ahead to cooler days of the fall, the start of football training camp and regular season. Hockey in the future.…

Bin Laden Is Dead

Maybe. Maybe not. But the new al-Qaeda video featuring a haggard Osama bin Laden has folks speculating about his health and even his life. Gateway Pundit compares the most recent video (in which bin Laden appears for less than a minute) with a video from 2002. The background and bin Laden's attire are identical. And…