Standing armies commandeered by cowards

by Ilana Mercer -- In "Letters from Iceland," W. H. Auden reflected on "the cold controlled ferocity of the human species." The latest flare-up in the cold war between Hamas and Israel more…

Whoring and warring in the military: What's new?

by Ilana Mercer -- There's David Petraeus, former CIA director, formerly a four-star general who cultivated his own celebrity. There's his mistress-cum-stalker, the bombastic, narcissistic Paula Broadwell, who despite – or, rather, more…

The D-Bomb has dropped

by Ilana Mercer -- In our democracy – for we are no longer a republic that upholds individual rights and limits central power – you vote not for the representative who will more…

Mining Mitt's apartheid moment

by Ilana Mercer -- During the final presidential debate, Republican contender Mitt Romney got my hackles up (unnecessarily) with the following invocation of apartheid: "I would also make sure that [Iran's] diplomats more…

The perils of presidential 'Yellow Peril' fever

by Ilana Mercer -- In the course of the second presidential debate, Mitt Romney was asked to differentiate himself from the justifiably despised George W. Bush. The Republican presidential contender, who has more…

Winning a battle of wits with a half-wit

by Ilana Mercer -- It was hard not to feel sorry for President Barack Obama during what was the first of three presidential debates. The dejected demeanor and the perpetually lowered gaze more…

What do Paris Hilton and A-Jad have in common?

by Ilana Mercer -- "Gay Paree" refers to Paris, the capital of France, after which socialite Paris Hilton must have been named – that is, unless her parents are even more provincial more…

Peggy Noonan's looking for Mr. Big

by Ilana Mercer -- Like those annoying pop-up ads on the Internet do, a mental image matching the reading material kept intruding into my thoughts, as I slogged through the Peggy Noonan more…