Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:
Why Don’t We Hang Pirates Anymore? By Bret Stephens
It’s a safe bet, dear reader, that the title of this column has caused you to either (a) roll your eyes and wonder, What century do you think we’re living in? or (b) scratch your head and ask, Yes, why don’t we? Wherever you come down, the question defines a fault line in the civilized world’s view about the latest encroachment of barbarism.
Does Europe Believe in International Law? By Jack Goldsmith and Eric Posner
Based on the record, it has no grounds to criticize the U.S.
Whatever Works: O’s New Economic Philosophy By Rich Lowry
Barack Obama has succeeded where Hillary Clinton failed. She hoped to win a third Clinton term, but it is her vanquisher who is reconstituting the Clinton administration.
Obama Sees Crisis as Opportunity to Be Bold By E. J. Dionne
President-elect Barack Obama has now made three things clear about his plans to bring the economy back: He wants his actions to be big and bold. He sees economic recovery as intimately linked with economic and social reform. And he is bringing in a gifted brain trust to get the job done.
Did Britain Just Sell Tibet? By Robert Barnett
As Western powers struggle with the huge scale of the measures needed to revive their economies, they have turned increasingly to China.
‘Jolting’ the Economy By Thomas Sowell
Barack Obama says that we have to “jolt” the economy. That certainly makes sense, if you take the media’s account of the economy seriously– but should the media be taken seriously?
Mistreating Depression by John B. Judis
How Obama’s new economic advisor learns the wrong lessons from history.
Acute flaw in Iraq deal over forces By Joe Sestak
The status-of-forces agreement will give Iraqi courts jurisdiction over U.S. soldiers in some cases. This could put them in legal peril.
Serving the Clintonian Interest By Christopher Hitchens
The last thing we need is a Clinton in charge of foreign policy.
Obama’s Pro-Growth Economic Team? By Lawrence Kudlow
When President-elect Obama had a chance to squash the tax-hike threat once and for all at his news conference Monday, he took a pass and let the question linger for another day. But his new economic cabinet appointments strongly suggest there will be no tax hikes next year.