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]