Links, 10/8/09

  • Karl Rove, “The GOP is Winning the Health-Care Debate” – Two things: 1. Did we need the tea parties in order to get poll results that doom a takeover of anywhere from a 1/7 to a 1/5 of the US economy during a recession? I’m uncomfortable saying “yes,” but it is perhaps the case that what is “necessary” is not always “good.” 2. One major reason why I’m saying “I’m a Republican” more and more is I want party identification to not be so shallow or only opposition-based. People should actually know of a Republican that isn’t a candidate, or one who actually thinks the President is a citizen.
  • Robert Kaplan, “Bejing’s Afghan Gamble:” In Afghanistan, American and Chinese interests converge. By exploiting Afghanistan’s metal and mineral reserves, China can provide thousands of Afghans with jobs, thus generating tax revenues to help stabilize a tottering Kabul government. Just as America has a vision of a modestly stable Afghanistan that will no longer be a haven for extremists, China has a vision of Afghanistan as a secure conduit for roads and energy pipelines that will bring natural resources from the Indian Ocean and elsewhere. So if America defeats Al Qaeda and the irreconcilable elements of the Taliban, China’s geopolitical position will be enhanced. [read the whole thing – the argument is that Empire involves precipitating one’s own decline by helping Russia, China, India. Afghanistan should be the last of the nation-building projects]
  • Jason Maoz, “Richard Nixon Saved Israel – But Got No Credit:” Haig, in his memoir Inner Circles, wrote that Nixon, frustrated with the initial delays in implementing the airlift and aware that the Soviets had begun airlifting supplies to Egypt and Syria, summoned Kissinger and Schlesinger to the Oval Office on October 12 and “banished all excuses.” The president asked Kissinger for a precise accounting of Israel’s military needs, and Kissinger proceeded to read aloud from an itemized list. “Double it,” Nixon ordered. “Now get the hell out of here and get the job done.” [a lesson in executive authority, perhaps]

1 Comment

  1. That article on Nixon is awesome. Good points that you make regarding the first link, too. I’m sort of ambivalent toward the tea-partiers; in the beginning I wouldn’t have imagined some of the things that were soon to take place. There was an interesting article written on the Goldwater-Gingrich era that suggested that conservatism’s success came from the complimentary system of populism working hand in hand with intellectualism. Rush, if he is to be credited with anything, helped popularize supply-side economics, according to the writer, I think it was Steve Hayward.

    One other thing that I thought was interesting – and I’d love to hear your take, considering recent blogs you’ve made – was that Hayward argues Beck is now the one who is at least trying to connect the two. Pestritto has made some appearances on his show, apparently.

    One of the things that used to trouble me about Beck (when I’d sometimes listen to him this summer) was his nonchalant talk of eugenics in connection w/Progressives. If I’m not mistaken, that is a rather ahistorical assessment, as I can recall Churchill, among others, at least flirting with the idea, unfortunately vogue as it was at the time.

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