Interesting Takes From Home And Abroad:
How to Stop Socialized Health Care By Karl Rove, The Wall Street Journal
It was a sobering breakfast with one of the smartest Republicans on Capitol Hill. We can fix a lot of bad stuff President Barack Obama might do, he told me. But if Mr. Obama signs into law a “public option,” government-run insurance program as part of health-care reform we won’t be able to undo the damage.
Medicare Drug Plan Ought to Be Model for Health Reform By Mort Kondracke, Roll Call
As they work on comprehensive health reform, Congress and President Barack Obama ought to look to the most successful model yet: the 2003 Medicare prescription drug law.
America after consumerism. By Amitai Etzioni, The New Republic
Much of the debate over how to address the economic crisis has focused on a single word: regulation. And it’s easy to understand why. Bad behavior by a variety of businesses landed us in this mess–so it seems rather obvious that the way to avoid future economic meltdowns is to create, and vigorously enforce, new rules proscribing such behavior.
What If Israel Strikes Iran? By John Bolton, The Wall Street Journal
Whatever the outcome of Iran’s presidential election tomorrow, negotiations will not soon — if ever — put an end to its nuclear threat. And given Iran’s determination to achieve deliverable nuclear weapons, speculation about a possible Israeli attack on its nuclear program will not only persist but grow.
Why Iran ‘09 Could Be Like Florida ‘00 By Karim Sadjadpour, Foreign Policy
Americans can be forgiven for being a bit confused about the upcoming Iranian elections. While four years ago Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Iran a “totalitarian” state, today some media outlets are touting Mir Hossein Mousavi — incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s strongest challenger — as Iran’s Barack Obama. Though Iranian politics are wholly unique, analyzing these elections in an American political context — however incongruous the comparison — may offer some clarity.
India’s Path to Greatness By Kishore Mahbubani, RealClearWorld
It is unwise to underestimate the near-metaphysical significance of the recent Indian elections. The Indian electorate decisively pushed world history in the right direction with the re-election of the Manmohan Singh-Sonia Gandhi partnership. They now have the mandate and power to press for greater economic reform and liberalization.
Why is Obama sending the Uighurs to Palau? By Annie Lowrey, Foreign Policy
As of yesterday, relatively few Americans had ever heard of the tiny island nation of Palau. Indeed, the Pacific archipelago, home to just 20,000, was probably most famous for hosting the 10th season of the CBS Survivor series, which played up its lushly tropical islands and crystal clear waters.