Blaming the Messenger

“It’s appalling that this story got out there,” said the secretary of state. “Shaky from the very get-go,” thundered the White House spokesman. “We’ve not found any wrongdoing on the part of U.S. servicemembers,” declared the chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Outrage filled the airwaves this week as administration officials took turns denouncing Newsweek’s brief report of alleged desecrations of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay. Continue reading “Blaming the Messenger”

Saying Sorry

“It just offends me that the president of the United States is, directly or indirectly, attacking his own country in a foreign land.” That was 1998. The speaker, Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), was then House majority whip. The president was Bill Clinton, who had “attacked his own country” while in Uganda. Continue reading “Saying Sorry”

…Starting Among the ‘Christophobes’

After the dust has settled — after the processions are over and the Masses have been said, after the new pope has accustomed himself to new apartments, new tasks, new vestments — Benedict XVI will face an extraordinary list of problems, ranging from the bioethical to the geopolitical. But for this German pope, among his toughest tasks by far will be the battle for acceptance on the continent of his birth. Continue reading “…Starting Among the ‘Christophobes’”

The Drug Approval Pendulum

“It just breaks my heart when I think of American citizens having to go to Switzerland or Mexico to get the drugs and devices they need to stay alive because the Washington bureaucracy won’t approve them.”
— Rep. Thomas Bliley (R-Va.), 1995

“When the FDA approves a drug, it should be a Good Housekeeping seal of approval. . . . Consumers shouldn’t have to second-guess the safety of what’s in their medicine cabinet.”
— Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), 2005

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How the Pope ‘Defeated Communism’

If you’ve been watching television or reading newspapers at all over the past week, it would have been difficult not to learn that the late Pope John Paul II helped “defeat” communism. The pope has been said to have “sparked the fall of communism,” to have “stared down communism” or to have “championed communism’s collapse.” Continue reading “How the Pope ‘Defeated Communism’”