The Kensington Review

27 March 2015

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Latest Commentary: Volume XIV, Number 56

Cameron, Miliband Grilled on British TV -- Last night, human pit bull Jeremy Paxman and British journalist Kay Burley interviewed Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband back-to-back. While not a genuine debate in the sense Messrs. Lincoln and Douglas would recognize, it did allow the viewers to make something of a direct comparison. One of these two men will be PM after the May election, and this was a chance to kick the tires. Both men survived the ordeal with their prospects intact. [27 March]

Saudis Bomb Houthi Targets in Yemen -- The Saudis and some of their Arab allies intervened in the Yemeni crisis earlier today by bombing some of the Houthi rebel positions. The Shi'ite Houthi have been on a roll lately, taking the capital of Sana'a and driving the Sunni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his supporters to the port of Aden. The attack by the Saudi coalition appears to have helped pro-Hadi forces retake the airport at Aden. Now, the question is how will Shi'ite Iran retaliate. [26 March]

Lindsey Graham Carries Pragmatist Banner into GOP Primaries -- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not this journal's favorite senator by any stretch of the imagination. He is hawkish rather than owlish on foreign policy, and his social values were obsolete during the Great Depression. However, he is preparing for a White House bid that will focus on something the Republic desperately needs, pragmatic conservatism. He's going to upset a lot of people, and voters will stay away in droves. However in politics, sometimes getting the message out has to come before winning with it can happen. [25 March]

Indian Supreme Court Strikes Down Internet Arrest Law -- The Supreme Court in India yesterday ruled that Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was unconstitutional. This part of the law allowed the authorities to make arrests for comments made on social media. The government's argument that it deterred the uploading of offensive material might have been valid, but the wide-ranging arrests made under Section 66A proved that the law was detrimental to the fundamental rights of Indians. Score one for the good guys. [24 March]

Ted Cruz Announces White House Bid -- Texas Senator Ted Cruz has formally entered the 2016 presidential race. This journal expects another dozen before too much longer. This journal also has predicted that at least one of those will withdraw before the year is over (most likely using the verb "uspend" so as to continue fundraising). Mr. Cruz is unlikely to be an early quitter. However, he is completely unsuited for the presidency and will most certainly not be a contender much beyond the first few primary contests. [23 March]

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