Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 10, April 29

A Change of Game Plan. (Washington Diary)
The professional antiwar gripers of International A.N.S.W.E.R. had all their ducks in a row ready to protest and were prepared to surround the White House on April 12 to teach President George W. Bush and the nation a lesson in high-minded pacifism....
After Saddam, the Real Work Begins: With the Arrival of U.S. Marines in Baghdad, President Bush's Plan for Revitalizing Iraq Now Will Be Implemented-With the United Nations on the outside Looking in. (the World: Rebuilding Iraq)
President George W. Bush promised in his news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Belfast that the United Nations would play a "vital role" in a post-Saddam Iraq. But he did not mean that the organization would be a significant agent...
Agency Evaluations Go Code Red: A New, Color-Coded Management Scorecard Has Been Set Up by the Office of Management and Budget to Grade How Well the Federal Government Uses Taxpayer Funds. (Nation: Financial Accountability)
Someone in the Bush administration has decided that color coding is the way to go. Under the terrorism-alert system, of course, green means we should go about our daily activities pretty much as usual; blue means we should be guarded; yellow warns...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, At about 10:57 a.m. Eastern time the hollow regime of Saddam Hussein symbolically fell in Baghdad Square at the demand of hundreds of Iraqi civilians who had attempted vainly to hammer and pull down a bronze figure of their despotic...
Americans Still Fried over French Protests. (Nation in Brief)
A fellow who wrote quite a few anthems of the protest movement--Bob Dylan--actually gave those who warbled his lyrics a clue to their role in the great dramas of our times with his song, "Only a Pawn in Their Game." Protesters might be likened to the...
Bush Brain Trust Beats Hollywood's Dangerous Minds. (for the People)
A reader recently sent for the people a first-rate article by Cindy Osborne titled "Who's Smarter?" Osborne takes as her theme the in-your-face attitude of Hollywood celebrities who take it upon themselves to hurl denunciations and calumnies at President...
Bush Haters: You Gotta Love 'Em. (the Furies)
DON FEDER, COLD STEEL CAUCUS REPORT, WROL-AM 950, BOSTON The war in Iraq is helping to highlight the left's inherent hatred for America. In Hull, Mass., there's a selectman who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The lady says, "Every...
Dumping More Cold Water on Global Warming. (Nation in Brief)
If there isn't such a place already, there ought to be a Center for the Study of Studies. It seems from just a casual perusal of specialized Websites that there must be a hundred or so studies released each day that appear to have some bearing on human...
Excluding Taiwan from WHO Is a Prescription for Disaster
The World Health Organization's (WHO's) stated purpose is to facilitate "the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health." Its membership includes more than 190 nations. Some you'd need a magnifying glass to find on a globe. Others...
Is Brown Banking on Economic Miracle? (the Business)
Worried about the U.S. economy? Then take a glance over the Atlantic at the euro zone, where there's even less to be optimistic about. While Americans will get a lift from increased defense spending, European companies are having to cope with economic...
Kipling's Rumsfeld; Chirac's Vichy Comments; Al-Jazeera Hate TV. (the Insider)
Who says there ain't no justice? The creep who made those exploitive Girls Gone Wild videos that are advertised on cable TV after midnight is facing sex and drag charges filed by parents of underage women. * Alleged spying by jailed Red Chinese...
Malkin Sounds off on `Invasion' of U.S.: Syndicated Columnist Michelle Malkin Says America's National Security Has Been Compromised by a General Lack of Enforcement of the Nation's Immigration Laws. (Picture Profile)
Personal Bio Michelle Malkin: The nationally syndicated columnist as a young conservative. Currently: Columnist syndicated in more than 100 newspapers and author of Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign...
Military Spending Is to Markets' Liking. (the Business)
And so Baghdad falls to coalition forces and the markets celebrate, continuing their rally since the war began, give or take a couple of sessions when Iraq worries had traders and investors backtracking nervously. So will the good times now roll? ...
`New Journalism' Paves Way for Bad Times. (the Last Word)
For those of us who have been in this business for longer than we like to admit, the discovery here and there that the media are overwhelmingly liberal/left, and that the New York Times has been playing the political-correctness game, came years ago....
Out of the `Quagmire': Media Managers Covering an Awe-Inspiring Military Campaign Seemed Determined to Turn War in Iraq into a U.S. Defeat as in Vietnam
The attitude of many reporting on the war in Iraq seemed to be, "Daddy, are we there yet?" Day after day the mood in the TV studios was one of impatience and incoherence about what U.S. military leaders now are calling one of the most awesome military...
Quality Sacrificed at Altar of 24-Hour News. (Political Notebook)
This has been a harsh war for journalism. A handful of good practitioners were killed in action, including 51-year-old Terry Lloyd, a veteran foreign correspondent for Britain's Independent Television News. The urbane Lloyd was an old-style journalist--keen...
Right & Left: Congressional Votes
Senate 1. Partial-Birth Abortion Ban S3 (Passage) During the grisly partial-birth procedure utilized in at least one of every 200 abortions, a physician delivers an unborn child until only the head remains inside the womb, then punctures the...
Sale of Telecom Firm to China Poses Espionage Threat. (Fair Comment)
During the early days of World War I, when U.S. entry into the conflict still was far from certain, the British government decided to buy itself some insurance. It ordered the imperial navy to sever undersea cables between Germany and the United States...
Symposium
Q: Will pre-emptive war, such as in Iraq, make the United States safer in the long term? Yes: because the nature of warfare has changed, we must go after state sponsors of terrorism. BY PETER HUESSY Huessy is president of GeoStrategic Analysis,...
The French Spin a Different War Story: State-Run News Media, Government Officials and Pundits in France Are Churning out Anti-American Propaganda to Gain Commercial Advantage from the War in Iraq. (the World: France)
The news had been bad from the start. U.S. and British troops were "bogged down" in southern Iraq in the face of "fierce resistance" from Iraqi forces loyal to Saddam Hussein. U.S. supply lines had been cut, and an ambush by cunning Iraqi defenders...
Treasury Czar Key to MDB Reform Efforts. (the Watchers)
Amid growing scrutiny arising from various corruption scandals affecting the multilateral development banks (MDBs), the role of a powerful Treasury Department official appears to be central for the future of these U.S. taxpayer-supported institutions....
Vets Say Tax Cuts Spur War Economy: Opponents Argue That the President's Tax-Cut Package Is Wrongheaded in a Time of War, but Many Experts Think It Would Stimulate the Economy to Finance the War Effort. (the Nation: Fiscal Battle)
As President George W. Bush has been winning major victories in Iraq he has suffered some setbacks at home with his economic-growth and tax-cut package. And there seems to be an ironic connection. Opponents of tax cuts are trying to tap into the natural...
War Criminals Face Prosecution in U.S.: President Bush Wants War Criminals, Including Those from the 1991 Gulf War, Judged Severely, but Where They Will Be Tried and by Whom Remains a Subject of Debate. (the World: War Crimes)
President George W. Bush has vowed that his administration will prosecute war criminals. His father made similar promises during the Persian Gulf War in 1991, but not a single Iraqi was prosecuted. The reason? The Iraqis responsible for the 1991 war...
Whistle-Blower Gives Lesson about Politics and Power. (the Watchers)
It's hard to feel sympathy for socialist Edith Cresson, France's former prime minister, recently indicted by a Belgian court on corruption charges dating to her time as a commissioner of the European Union (EU). Cresson, who once famously claimed that...
Why Does the United States Put Its Mothers into Combat? (Fair Comment)
Pfc. Jessica Lynch has won the hearts and the gratitude of a whole nation. If initial reports are accurate, she showed enormous courage when the Iraqis ambushed her maintenance unit. Though she had been shot, stabbed and sustained at least three broken...
Why Syria May Be the Next Target: Amid Allegations of Syria's Military Cooperation with Iraq, Speculation Grows That the Bush Administration Is Laying the Groundwork for Regime Change in Damascus. (the World: Syria)
U.S. and coalition forces now canvassing Iraq for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) may need to expand their search area, according to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In December, Sharon told Israel's Channel 2 he has reviewed reports confirming...