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Archive for April 7th, 2013

America the War-Weary

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 7th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

America the War-Weary
David Ignatius, Washington Post
ISTANBUL — Talking with members of Congress at a gathering here last week was an education in the public's wariness of new foreign entanglements — especially in Syria. It was a reminder that the post-Iraq era is only beginning, and that it may limit America's ability to exercise power for the next few years.The great advantage (and on occasion, disadvantage) of the House of Representatives is that its members are so close to their constituents. Most of them spend every nearly weekend back home in their districts. So they know what the public is thinking in a personal way…

Vitriol Infests Warren Family Grief
Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today

The Cultural Fight for Guns
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
One of the oddities of the gun-control debate—apart from ours being the only country that really has one—is that the gun side basically gave up on serious arguments about safety or self-defense or anything else a while ago. The old claims about the million—or was it two million? It kept changing—bad guys stopped by guns each year has faded under the light of scrutiny. Indeed, people who possess guns are almost five times more likely to be shot than those who don’t. (“A gun may falsely empower its possessor to overreact, instigating…

A Workforce With No Workers
Terry Keenan, New York Post

Mexico Becomes a Good Neighbor
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
We Americans are lucky, though we seldom reflect on it, that we have good neighbors.In East Asia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines face challenges from China over islands they have long claimed in the East China Sea.In Europe, Germany and other prosperous nations face demands for subsidies from debt-ridden nations to avoid the collapse of the Euro.When Southern Europeans look across the Mediterranean, they see Muslim nations facing post-Arab spring upheaval and disorder.The United States has land borders with just two nations, Canada (on which more on another day) and Mexico,…