Wednesday, April 28, 2010

HOT5 Daily 4/28/2010

1. "Getting Asia right means getting India right" And it's being bungled by Obama.

Representative Sample: it is U.S. relations with India that have perhaps taken the biggest hit over the past year. This is a shame: building a strategic partnership with the world's biggest democracy,

2. "THE GUN IS CIVILIZATION" The many benefits of firearms.

Representative Sample:The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

3. "In Europe, Remorse Has Turned to Masochism" Interesting analysis.

Representative Sample: it is Europe's very readiness to acknowledge its faults that prompts self-hatred, for societies that do not engage in such introspection do not lacerate themselves. Europe's strength is thus its weakness. Although the continent has "more or less vanquished its monsters" such as slavery, colonialism, and fascism, it chooses to dwell on the worst of its record.

4. "Please Don’t Tell Us the Facts" The administration doesn't want to let facts get in the way of its ideologically-driven policy decisions.

Representative Sample: Remember all that BS about the Obama administration only being ruled by facts and science? This is a mythology at the core of the progressive movement, that it is possible to have a wise dictator who uses the heavy hand of government coercion only for the best interests of the country, driven only by science and not by political influence.


Representative Sample:The neutralisation of HVTs has a definite place in the modern combat area, especially when it comes to combating insurgencies and organised crime syndicates/cartels. But a lack of decision making at the political level and inter-service bickering often result in no action. It is the lack of action, both direct and indirect, that allows the target to become a HVT

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