Monday, March 22, 2010

HOT5 Daily 3/22/2010

1. "Worth Reading: Advice to War Presidents: A Remedial Course in Statecraft" Looks like a provocative analysis.

Representative Sample: American statecraft has been haunted by three spirits of obfuscation and unseriousness since around 1900: Liberal Internationalism, Realism, and Neoconservatism. Codevilla sums up the three: “As Liberals think that all well-administered peoples are alike and Neoconservatives that all democrats are alike, Realists think that all “moderates” are alike.” 

2. "Stratfor: “Jihadism: The Grassroots Paradox”" What exactly is Al Qaeda now?

Representative Sample: Whatever al Qaeda was in 2005, what remains after 4 years of pursuit by the US and its allies, by every possible means in every corner of the globe?

3. "Losers" No, it isn't about health care.

Representative Sample:Anti-war protesters are still upset that we won in Iraq. While they are too late to reverse our victory in Iraq, they hope to lose in Afghanistan as a consolation prize

4. "Affirmative Atheism"Coining a new term.

Representative Sample:There is a lot of noise made about “New” Atheists, “militant” atheists, “fundamentalist” atheists and “angry” atheists. All of these are, in my agnostic opinion, prejudicial and false.

5. "When Freedom Fails: The Myth of Decolonization" Interesting article that I partially agree with.

Representative Sample: Holland and France saw the inherent dangers in decolonization of their Caribbean lands and instead made their peoples equals, at least under the law. The British generally did the opposite, and the results have not been pretty.

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