- The Secret Service will begin protecting Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson. The Secret Service described threats to Carson as “off the charts” since he commented about a Muslim becoming president.
Victor Davis Hanson imagines what Barack Obama might have said if he was in Winston Churchill’s position during World War II:
I’d also like to remind my fellow British subjects not to climb on their moral high horses. While Britain was forcibly colonizing the poor in Asia and Africa, and conducted genocide abroad, Germany in comparison had left a very small colonial imprint. It had no record of exploitation in the Americas and was not much of an overseas imperial nation. Its factories burn a lot less coal than do ours. So it might be wise for us to look inward a bit and calibrate the wages of our own imperialism. Germany does not rule India. It does not dictate to so-called dominions of subordinate states. It has no record of trafficking in and transporting slaves. There is no longer any such thing as a Germany monarchy.
- North Korea is demanding that the U.S. negotiate a peace treaty. President Obama might actually do that.
Media coverage of the U.S. attack on a hospital in Afghanistan would be very different if Mitt Romney was in the White House:
If Romney were president right now, the White House would be surrounded by protesters and candlelight peace vigils night and day. Some would wave American flags, some would wave signs calling for impeachment, some would have pictures caricaturing the president as Hitler or an animal. They would chant “Not in our name!”, or “Bring them home!”, or “Hey ho, hey ho, Romney has got to go!”
If Romney were president, nightly news reports on CBS, NBC, and ABC would have regular features on war crimes, quagmires, and collateral damage. CNN would be wall-to-wall with team coverage of protests, interviews of bombing witnesses, and Anderson Cooper walking through rubble in full body armor.
New emails and travel records obtained via open records requests illustrate the close relationship between the head of Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, Kevin Kennedy, and the IRS’s Lois Lerner.
The U.S. killed a senior al Qaeda operative in Syria, Sanafi al Nasr, in an air strike on October 15.
The Israeli army forcibly removed 30 Jews from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus after they arrived at the site without a permit. Nablus is under Palestinian control, and non-Palestinians have to obtain permission from authorities before they can visit. This group didn’t do that, and a fight broke out between the Jews and Palestinians.