Interesting Takes From Home and Abroad:
Can Barack Buy the Presidency? By Karl Rove
On the money front, how do Sens. Obama and McCain stack up? No contest, it seems. Since the campaign began, Mr. Obama has raised a staggering $295-plus million, versus Mr. McCain’s almost $122 million. But that’s misleading.
Why We Went to War in Iraq By Douglas J. Feith
A lot of poor commentary has framed the Iraq war as a conflict of “choice” rather than of “necessity.” In fact, President George W. Bush chose to remove Saddam Hussein from power because he concluded that doing so was necessary.
Believe Me, It’s Torture By Christopher Hitchens
What more can be added to the debate over U.S. interrogation methods, and whether waterboarding is torture? Try firsthand experience. The author undergoes the controversial drowning technique, at the hands of men who once trained American soldiers to resist—not inflict—it.
The First Declaration of Independence By George Will
The impatient patriots here had splendidly short fuses in 1775. Those who tilled the startlingly red clay or who lived in the town named for George III’s wife Charlotte might have been bemused had they foreseen the annual hoopla that commemorates July 4, 1776.
One New World, Two Big Ideas By David Hackett Fischer
As the celebrations begin in Canada and the United States, the people of North America are heirs to two great ideas: Thomas Jefferson’s — and Samuel de Champlain’s.
“Death With Dignity” initiative deserves dignified consideration By Booth Gardner
I first began to think about a “death with dignity” law for Washington when I was preparing some remarks for an event honoring me for my.
An America First Energy Plan By Lawrence Kudlow
President Bush was on message Wednesday in a Rose Garden news conference when he kept up the pressure on his a drill, drill, drill offensive. He said he knows Americans are worried about gasoline prices, and said he wants them “to understand fully that we have got the opportunity to find more crude oil here at home in environmentally friendly ways.”
What We Learned in the War By Gail Collins
Americans of all ages tend to both respect military service and ignore it when picking a president. John McCain presumably understands this.
Mbeki’s Shame By Roger Cohen
The South African president has a history of denying the facts before him, and his own people and Zimbabweans have paid the price. His post-Mandela record is now tarnished.
A Gift From France, to France By Edward Berenson
Americans would come to regard the Statue of Liberty as a beacon for immigrants. The French have always related it to their complex struggle for liberty.