It was raining heavily last week when I visited Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates Japanese who died in the “imperial cause.” But the tour buses still discharged scores of elderly Japanese visitors, and I received approving looks and even a faint smile from two Japanese women as we stood in the rain before the memorial to an Indian jurist called Radha Binod Pal.
Hank Greenberg was the son of Romanian Jews who spoke Yiddish at home. As a Detroit Tiger, he was dropped into a state whose industry was controlled by one anti-Semite (Henry Ford) and whose airwaves were poisoned by another (Father Charles Coughlin).
A Senate vote to confirm John Brennan as CIA director was delayed by a filibuster, as Republican Senator Rand Paul demanded that the Obama administration pledge it won’t use drones to attack Americans on U.S. soil without an “imminent threat.”
Senate Democrats are pressing for a vote on John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director as soon as today, a day after the Obama administration shored up support by letting lawmakers see legal opinions justifying drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of al-Qaeda ties.