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]
With the federal budget now officially a non-issue until 2015, 2014 – in particular the midterm elections that will animate it – is shaping up to be the year Republicans finally give voters an ObamaCare alternative.
That is, unless Democrats succeed in convincing a minority of GOP members to help fix the broken health care law.
The electoral consequences of ObamaCare’s disruption of the health insurance market look grisly for Democrats. Prior to the law’s passage, 85 percent of Americans had health insurance. On January 1, 2014, thanks to millions of canceled policies…
"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