Monthly Archives: May 2011

Head On TV: Ryan vs. Obama & Romer vs. Hancock

Paul Ryan’s bold approach to federal deficits and debt will backfire, predicts Susan Barnes–Gelt in the May round of Head On TV debates. Not hardly, replies John Andrews; President Obama left a leadership vacuum on the fiscal debacle, and this lowly congressman has filled it. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over the mayor’s race in Denver, the politics of natural disasters, the 2012 presidential outlook, and results of Colorado’s legislative session. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are all five scripts for May: Continue reading

Waterboarding helped get bin Laden

(Centennial Fellow) Give the left an inch and watch for a thousand miles of hyperbole, as in concluding mainly from a few instances of waterboarding that the United States under George W. Bush became a sadistic, Nazi–style torture haven for no productive reason.

That last assumption—that nothing came out of the exercise to justify it—has once more been seriously challenged, Continue reading

Muslim Brotherhood, not bin Laden’s al Qaeda, is our worst enemy

(Centennial Fellow) Nearly flawlessly executing the operation in Pakistan to raid the compound where Osama bin Laden was living—among the military and police leadership of Pakistan by the way—the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six along with elements of other U.S. government assets killed America’s most wanted man. This is a victory for all of us—no doubt. A tremendous Bravo Zulu to the men and women who made it possible and gave the operation the best chance of success. Bin Laden is dead. What I am hearing from the media, the government, and our President, however, is making me queezy. Continue reading

After bin Laden: Vigilance maintained & joy restrained

(CCU Faculty) On the Sunday night news coverage on the killing of Osama bin Laden, all the networks showed people gathering at Ground Zero, in Times Square and around the White House. Most of those people were in a celebratory mood: singing and chanting about the death of bin Laden. The event struck me as odd. In the few days since, two thoughts come to mind: first, some thoughts on the Christian attitude toward celebration of anyone’s death and second, the reality of what bin Laden’s death means and doesn’t mean. Continue reading