Interesting Takes From Home And Abroad:
Cheering for Obama Stimulus Buys Into 1930s Myth By Amity Shlaes
It takes only a few seconds to make history new again. Leaders around the world are talking up economic stimulus, channeling U.S. President Barack Obama, who in turn is channeling Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Ghost Story: Put Banks Out of Their Misery By Nicholas von Hoffman
Bakemonos are floating through the halls, offices and minds of the economists, business writers and policy wonks of Wall Street and Washington. Bakemono is a Japanese word for ghost.
Obama’s war: Deploying 17,000 raises stakes in Afghanistan By Susan Page & Tom Vanden Brook
Barack Obama, whose presidential ambitions were launched by his opposition to one war, moved Tuesday to expand the U.S. deployment in another.
Hillary’s State By Michael Crowley
The seventh floor of the U.S. State Department is a generally dreary place. Its employees roam hallways so long and confusing that they are color-coded for guidance. Fluorescent lights throw down a harsh hospital glare. But, to most State employees, the “real” seventh floor is a secure area, protected by armed guards and doors that require electronic keys, where the department’s top staffers, including the secretary herself, spend their days. There, Hillary Clinton works from a gently lit, wood-paneled office adorned with portraits of her predecessors.
Hillary Clinton’s North Korea naivete By John R. Bolton
The secretary of State doesn’t seem to grasp the scope of the threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Perhaps her trip to Asia will change that.
The Most Dangerous Place in the World By Jeffrey Gettleman
Somalia is a state governed only by anarchy. A graveyard of foreign-policy failures, it has known just six months of peace in the past two decades. Now, as the country’s endless chaos threatens to engulf an entire region, the world again simply watches it burn.
France v. terrorism By H.D.S. Greenway
The men and women involved with antiterrorism here have a reputation of being among the best in Europe. One of the reasons for their expertise in the age of jihad is that they have been confronting Islamic extremism longer than most European countries.
No Way, No How, Not Here By Thomas L. Friedman
There are nine bodies — all of them young men — that have been lying in a Mumbai hospital morgue since Nov. 29. They may be stranded there for a while because no local Muslim charity is willing to bury them in its cemetery. This is good news.
How Democracy Ruined the Bailout By Holman Jenkins
Never was it a good idea to have a financial crisis in the middle of a presidential election