If you’re confused about what to call the newest terrorist threat – ISIS or ISIL – Daniel Pipes, the renowned conservative Middle East expert, has an answer.
Whichever one you want.
The Obama administration prefers “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), while almost everyone else uses “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS). At first blush, some commentators think they detect a subtle framing effect to blur any possible links between the rise of this group with Obama’s blundering Syria policy.
Pipes isn’t one of them. According to him, “both translations are accurate, both are correct, and both have deficiencies – one refers to a state, the other has an archaic ring.” Pipes should know since he wrote a book about the underlying history that gives rise…[more]
This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on July 24, 2014.
One of the glories of the United States is that every two years for more than two centuries, we’ve had a regularly scheduled election without fail and largely without incident.
Underlying this grand tradition is a basic bargain: Political victories won’t be based on the size of one’s army or on one’s ability to circumvent the rules, but on the potency of one’s arguments.
Over the past few years, however, that compact has begun to erode as Washington Democrats have grown increasingly at…
"Barring a dramatic surprise, the basic contours of this year’s Senate races are pretty much set. They will be defined by President Obama’s extraordinarily low 40 percent approval rating, a stagnant economy for those in the middle class, and the White House’s inability to tout any policy success stories that voters care about. That said, Republicans have clearly decided to play it…[more]
—John Fund, National Review Online National-Affairs Columnist
— John Fund, National Review Online National-Affairs Columnist