Links for 10-16-2014

  • Charles Murray reviewed two biographies of Ayn Rand. Both books report that Rand used amphetamines for 30 years.

  • Former staffers blame Karl Rove for the Bush administration’s refusal to disclose the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq.

  • John Hayward analyzed the Obama administration’s managerial ineptitude with respect to the Ebola outbreak:

    At any rate, the President is clearly getting the message that he has a big problem on his hands, even though his reaction isn’t fundamentally different from the way he handles every crisis: ignore it for as long as possible, while his media sycophants crank out fawning articles about “no-drama Obama,” until the howls of outrage from the American people grow so loud that he finally has to hop off his golf cart and get photographed doing something. It’s the opposite of his scandal protocol, in which he initially claims to have been completely blindsided by something like the corruption of the IRS, declares he’s more outraged than anybody, vows to get to the bottom of it, maybe pretends to fire someone, and then rolls away in his golf cart while the media gets busy declaring the story over. By the time Obama reaches the ninth hole, the press is saying the whole thing is old news, and wonders why obsessive right-wingers are still asking the sort of questions journalists reserve for Republican administrations.

  • Joe Biden’s son Hunter was discharged by the Navy Reserve after he tested positive for cocaine.

  • UKIP’s voting bloc in the European Parliament ceased to exist after a member from the Latvian Farmers Union left the group to sit as an independent. Formally recognized blocs in the Parliament need members from at least seven countries and UKIP’s bloc is now one country short.

  • Time provided more background on why Turkey bombed the PKK: the PKK fired on a Turkish military outpost for three consecutive days before the Turks bombed them.

  • Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Houthi rebels are fighting in Yemen.

  • Afghanistan’s intelligence service captured two Haqqani Network leaders: Anis Haqqani (the son of the group’s leader) and Hafiz Rashid (the group’s military commander in southeastern Afghanistan).