Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sandy Berger: The "Watergate" No One Wants To Talks About

Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, who, along with colleague Bob Woodward, exposed the Watergate affair, has been grumbling that the Bush administration has done "far greater damage" than President Nixon. But perhaps the intrepid reporters of "All the President's Men" fame should turn their attention to a modern-day conspiracy of truly epic proportions.

When Sandy Berger, national security advisor under President Clinton, was caught stealing and destroying documents from the National Archives prior to appearing before the 9/11 Commission in 2003, there was barely a peep in the Democrat-dominated mainstream media. And the near silence has continued to this day. One can only imagine the uproar had a Republican committed an offense half so grievous.

Even the Bush administration, via the Department of Justice, seems reluctant to publicize or pursue the matter in any meaningful fashion, frustrating many of its supporters. Adding insult to injury, Berger's slap-on-the-wrist plea bargain sentence of fines, community service and probation will once again give him access to classified material in a mere three years. While some have posited that Berger's actions were motivated by a desire to cover up the failure of the Clinton administration to address the growing threat of Islamic terrorism, the truth is much more complicated.

The mainstream media may want to ignore the elephant in the room, but not author and journalist Jack Cashill. Cashill's series of articles on the Berger affair reveal cracks in the official stories regarding the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight #800, as well as a byzantine power struggle between Clinton holdovers in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the Bush administration.

With yet another Clinton (Hillary, that is) trying to lay claim to the White House, these articles provide a sobering reminder of the damage already done by the Clinton administration to America's war on terrorism. They also raise questions about the ability of a government mired in turf wars, personal vendettas, cover-ups and bureaucratic ineptitude to battle such a formidable enemy.

Parts one and two can be read at Cashill.com and are linked below, while part three is forthcoming:

The Secret Sandy Risked His All For

Why Bush Justice Rolled Over For Sandy Berger

Eat your heart out, Carl Bernstein.


Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.

Hackers Shut Down ChronWatch

I've just received word via Saber Point that ChronWatch, the media watchdog and conservative news and opinion website where I got my start as a political columnist (and former editor), has been temporarily shut down by hackers. As expected, one of them is an "antiwar" type, exercising the left's usual response to conservative ideas, which is to try and silence them. But the other hacker, "Italian Stallion" (that's subtle), claims to be a Republican.

Whatever the case, I just hope ChronWatch gets back online soon. The bullies must not win the day.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Democrats: The Party of Appeasement

The Democratic reaction to President Bush's State of the Union speech last night said much about the state of the new majority party.

Senator Jim Webb's stilted and uninspiring official response was notable for hearkening back to the "end" of the Korean War. Right in a Left World sheds some light on the history involved and it isn't pretty. It seems Webb and his colleagues see that incomplete conclusion as the model for ending all wars. In other words, meaningless treaties, stalemates, continued hostility and aggression and above all, leaving intact a country that remains a threat both to its neighbors and to the entire international community. This must be what Webb meant when he called, not for victory in Iraq, but for bringing the war to a "proper conclusion."

When the majority of Democrats remained seated during President Bush's comments on "victory in Iraq" and "defeating our enemies," it said it all. Instead of victory, the Democrats apparently long for surrender and defeat. In other words, they are the party of appeasement.

Neville Chamberlain would have been proud.