Back in October 2001 then prime minister, Ariel Sharon, raised the hackles of the White House when he warned the United States, “Do not try to appease the Arabs at our expense. We cannot accept this.” Sharon then invoked the 1938 Munich Pact. As he put it, “Don’t repeat the terrible mistakes of 1938, when the enlightened democracies in Europe decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for a comfortable, temporary solution.”

Israel, he said, “will not be Czechoslovakia.”

Sharon was sharply rebuked not only by the White House, but by leading American supporters of Israel. They attacked him for daring to make the comparison. In time, with the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, Sharon’s warning was largely forgotten.

The question of whether George W. Bush sought to appease the Arabs and Iran at Israel’s expense is an open one. Strong arguments can be made on both sides of the issue. On the one hand, Bush took the fight to terror supporting regimes.

On the other hand, Bush refused to face the threat of Iran. And he forced Israel to remain trapped in the two-state paradigm which requires it to make unreciprocated concessions to Palestinian terrorists working towards its destruction.

HUMBERTO FONTOVA: THANKSGIVING TERROR FROM FRIENDS OF THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS Here’s how her media friends describe the CFR’s Julia Sweig upon their frequent showcasing of her “expertise:” “Julia Sweig heads the Latin American division for the Council on Foreign Relations.” (Stephen Colbert) “Julia Sweig is director for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.” (NPR) “Julia E. Sweig is senior fellow and […]

The Obama Who Stole Thanksgiving Posted By Daniel Greenfield Progressives have already tried to ruin Thanksgiving by condemning it as a genocidal holiday commemorating European colonialism or by giving snippy little speeches about consumerism. But they didn’t have a way to actually get into living rooms to ruin the holiday until now. Not content that the price of a whole frozen turkey went up […]

She wrote 30 books and poems, besides her magazine output, but did not believe in suffrage for women….rsk
A century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln designated Thanksgiving a national holiday, fans of the woman who lobbied for the commemoration are hoping she will gain fresh recognition for her many other accomplishments.

A new memorial to Sarah Josepha Hale in her hometown of Newport, N.H., might help. The memorial, dedicated before about 200 people over the weekend, was the brainchild of an anonymous donor who financed the project.

The work by Finnish sculptor Jari Mannisto, tucked into a small park near the town’s Richards Free Library, showcases Hale’s role as a writer, magazine editor and fundraiser for Boston’s Bunker Hill Monument—not to mention scribe of the poem that became the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Despite Hale’s impressive résumé, “she is off the radar, honestly,” said Patricia Okker, an English professor at the University of Missouri who wrote a book about her. “And when she is remembered, it’s almost always because of Thanksgiving, which is an interesting part of her career, but her career was so enormous.”

Common Core Third Grade Book Goes Full Dear Leader on Obama: Thomas Lifson **** The ground is being laid for future racial strife over Barack Obama once he is out of office. His fanatical supporters, especially in the African-American community which has remained solidly in his camp despite all his demonstrated incompetence and lies, are being set up to see him as a martyr. I will be accused […]

DANIEL GREENFIELD: THE LIGHT OF CHANUKAH A candle is a brief flare of light. A wick dipped in oil burns and then goes out again. The light of Chanukah appears to follow the same narrative. Briefly there is light and warmth and then darkness again. Out of the exile of Babylon, the handful that returned to resettle and rebuild the […]

STELLA PAUL: AMAZON GOES POSTAL The bride was gorgeous; the groom was old and arthritic, and everyone agreed they were an odd match. When Amazon married the United States Postal Service for its new Sunday package delivery service, who got the better deal? Most people probably would pick USPS, the quasi-government agency operating with all the fiscal sanity of […]

JED BABBIN: WHY AMERICA CAN’T KEEP ITS OWN SECRETS AMERICA’S DEFENSE AND intelligence communities have gotten into a bad habit of late. We’ve been trusting some of the most untrustworthy people with our nation’s most closely guarded secrets. We’re not talking about real spies, recruited to betray their country, trained in their tradecraft, successful at hiding within our system for years. Edward Snowden […]

THE U.S. IS NOT SHUTTING DOWN THE EMBASSY TO THE VATICAN…IT IS RELOCATING IT The United States will move its freestanding Vatican embassy into a larger government compound that includes the U.S. Embassy to Italy, a shift that has drawn criticism from former U.S. envoys. Security and cost savings were behind the move, as the State Department estimates it will save $1.4 million a year by moving from […]

Excuses, Excuses The Dog Ate Obama’s Health-Care Reform: James Taranto

When we got up this morning, there was an email on our BlackBerry from “Barack Obama.” We assumed that, like all the other emails we get from “Obama,” it was a fundraising pitch from Organizing for Action, the 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization that sells access to the president. We began reading:

Dear the American People,

Things are tough for me at the moment; as you may know, the website for my health care plan had a big glitch.

If I were my predecessor, I’d order a full-scale attack on Webistan. Fortunately Webistan doesn’t exist, so I’ve just had to deal.

Dealing is hard. But I know in my heart that despite this glitch, and even if there are additional glitches, we will one day in this country have a health care system even better than Cuba’s.