American Federalist Journal
Thursday - January 19, 2017


By Commuting Bradley Manning's Sentence, Obama Broke Faith with the Military
David French  Tweet

It might just take going to war to truly understand the nature of military justice. During my deployment to Iraq, I was the only JAG officer at an isolated outpost near the Iraq-Iran border. I worked closely with my commander on the dizzying ...



It's No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Furor has arisen over President-elect Donald Trump's charges that our intelligence agencies are politicized. Spare us the outrage. For decades, directors of intelligence agencies have often quite inappropriately massaged their assessments to ...



Sponsors of Anarchy
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

Hoodlums will be out in full force this Inauguration Day weekend. Count on ...



On MLK Day, Stand against Identity Politics
David French  Tweet

At the conclusion of Barack Obama's second term, our nation is consumed with poisonous racial discourse. Call it "identity politics," call it being "woke," or just call it historical ignorance, it's the habit of ...



Putin, Obama - and Trump
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

For eight years, the Obama administration misjudged Vladimir Putin's Russia, as it misjudged most of the Middle East, China, and the rest of the world as well. Obama got wise to Russia only when Putin imperiled not just U.S. strategic ...



The Worst Perversion
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The Obama administration was full of scandal, though we have a lazy and partisan news media that is determined to see no scandal in it. The lame-duck columns have been nearly unanimous on the point: Barack Obama is remarkable among recent presidents ...



Gee, I'm Starting to Think the Obama DOJ Just Might Be Politicized
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In the heat of the fall campaign, the commentariat got its knickers twisted over Donald Trump's vow that, if elected, he'd have his Justice Department appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, his political rival. How ...



Why Republicans Lose the Narrative Battle: The Inspector-General Gambit
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

It is so frustrating to observe news coverage of Thursday's announcement that the Justice Department's inspector general will review the conduct of FBI and Justice Department officials tangential to -- but, as I've explained, not ...



Obama Must Have His Applause - Please (Don't) Clap
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Applause was a serious business in the Soviet Union, as it is in Cuba, as it is in Venezuela, as it is in all unfree societies and at our own State of the Union address, which is modeled on the ex cathedra speeches of unfree societies. The less free ...



Dissent Is Fashionable Again
David French  Tweet

There's nothing quite like a change of power to expose hypocrisy. Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a long and flattering discussion of fashion designers who are just in anguish that their artistic talents could be abused in the service of a ...



Gee, I'm Starting to Think the Obama DOJ Just Might Be Politicized
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In the heat of the fall campaign, the commentariat got its knickers twisted over Donald Trump's vow that, if elected, he'd have his Justice Department appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, his political rival. How ...



Goodbye to One Selfie President, Hello to Another?
Mona Charen  Tweet

On Feb. 12, 2015, President Obama made a selfie-stick video for BuzzFeed. You may remember it -- or perhaps not -- because if there's one thing Barack Obama delivered during his eight years in office, it was plenty of celebration of himself. The ...



Democrats' Impotent Attacks on Jeff Sessions
David French  Tweet

Yesterday's emotion-laden testimony from John Lewis and Cory Booker wasn't an indictment of Jeff Sessions. But it was symbolic of how hyperbole and fear-mongering dominate the American debate over race. Rather than detailing how Sessions ...



Hillary's E-mails and the Justice Department
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The Justice Department's inspector general has announced that his office will conduct a review that will focus principally on FBI director James Comey's public statements regarding the Clinton e-mails investigation during the 2016 ...



What Happened to Trump's Honeymoon?
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in, and the honeymoon has ...



Living Wage Is as Wrongheaded as the Minimum Wage
Larry Elder  Tweet

What future will America have when so many of her citizens lack the ability to engage in critical thinking, refuse to connect the dots, and fail to use common ...