Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Episode 25: A New One

National Review's
Mar 23, 2013
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This week on Need To Know,  Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger fly solo but there’s still plenty to talk about: Obama in Israel, looking back at Iraq, Star Wars (the weapons system, not the movie), Jay speaks French, consultants aren’t the bad guys, Sarah v. Karl, navel gazing Republicans, and are Jay and Mona the Republican ideal?

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  1. JediGraz

    Am I missing something? I thought the President’s speech to those college students in Israel was disgraceful…

  2. Nick Stuart

    Thank you for pointing out two critically important facts that seem to have been completely lost sight of with the Iraq War:

    1. The world is inarguably better off that Saddam Hussein is dead (OK, inherently nice guy Jay used the word “gone”).

    2. Hussein had his WMD program on the shelf, on what I call “fast standby” just waiting the end of the jokey UN inspection regime (which was about to expire). The headline that should have accompanied the Dulfur report was: Hussein’s WMD Program Ready To Reactivate. Civilized World Dodges Bullet. Thank You George Bush!

    And yes, we have totally screwed the pooch with the end game.

  3. Astonishing

    Obama’s intent is not to support Israel, much less to defend Israel, but to beguile and placate Israel . . . for the time being . . . so Israel will trust him to deal with Iran. After Iran gets its nuke, then see what Obama says about how Israel must “recognize and adjust to the new reality.”

  4. genferei

    Is anyone really accusing consultants of giving deliberately bad advice? In any event, the accusation that needs to be rebutted is that the consultants give consistently bad advice, and that, despite costing the candidates ever more vast sums of money for little or no return, they go from campaign to campaign getting richer and richer. Obviously there is an element of caveat emptor – the candidates are fools for continuing to hire folks that never deliver real results – but surely one is allowed to warn the buyer by pointing out how bad the deal is?

  5. Matthew Bartle

    Ouch! A discordant note for the first time in Need to Know: a dig at Sarah Palin.

    I think her reason for stepping down as Governor was plausible. She had become such a target and spent so much of her time dealing with various lawsuits  and accusations that it kept her from doing her job. So she got out to set Alaska free. 

    I don’t think it’s in any way a given that she did this just to make money, which is what Mona seemed to be saying.

    After seeing how she persevered in the face of a shocking campaign of demonization and mockery, I’m willing to cut her some slack.

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