Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Reading Roundup

It's been a week, so here are some interesting links:

An Israeli group called Breaking the Silence published a report about the murky ROE and the actions of IDF soldiers in Gaza. The IDF doesn't seem to take it seriously. Will Israel stop shooting itself in the foot at some point?

One of the nagging concerns of mine that I've mentioned on this blog before is President Obama's tendency to too easily acquiesce to Congress and some Democratic constituencies. Steven Pearlstein calls for a leader for health care reform, and so far I don't know that Mr. Obama has stepped up. If we're going to get out of this recession AND start to combat the staggering national debt, we're going to need to make some real hard choices, and we need the rhetorical power of Mr. Obama behind the right ones. Raising the retirement age, raising taxes on more than the tiny fraction of people that make over $250k, getting real work done on climate change on health care will all require more than congress is able to give. Mr. Obama needs to step up.

Abu Aardvark uses Jay Z and rap to examine the role of America as a hegemony. This piece is brilliant. I didn't realize foreign policy academics were into rap. You learn something new every day.

GOP Whip Eric Cantor has a PAC named Every Republican Is Crucial (ERIC). Putting aside the odd narcissisism of that phrase and the acronym that spells his name, my question is "Since when?" Apparently the most popular and respected Republican in the country isn't crucial. The GOP certainly didn't seem to lose much sleep over Arlen Specter's defection. I guess every nutty, party-line, far right Republican is crucial? I just don't get it.

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