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]
In a two-part series earlier this year, I provided a preview of the midterm Senate races, examining which states we could expect to see influence the balance of power in the upper chamber come the beginning of next year.
Now that we’ve passed Labor Day — generally considered the line of demarcation for when congressional races start shifting into high gear — I’ll be launching a new series that will examine, region by region, the current state of those contests. This week: the Western states.
Three seats in the West have the prospect of switching hands, all from Democrats…
"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