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Three Up and Three Down

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Three stories I somehow like, and three stories I somehow don’t. Chosen fresh daily.

Up: A monkey urinated on the Zambian president. What can I say, political scalatogical events make me laugh. Sue me. You want a serious one? OK, here’s John Dickerson and Peter Orszag discussing health care over the next few days.

Down: If you ever wonder why Afghanistan is going to be difficult for the Americans, British, and other forces there, read this. The frustration of the British in the article is palpable – I can’t even imagine how it is seeing fellow soldiers dying in a situation like that. I like this article for it’s realism, it’s in the down category for how difficult and frankly depressing it makes me feel about Afghanistan. I still think it’s a war that has to be fought, but is there a way to “win”? If not, what does that mean? Along those same lines, an American drone in Pakistan killed 60, half of which were civilians.

Up: Matt Taibbi takes on Goldman Sachs … and Felix Salmon applauds? Salmon’s conclusion: “The best we can hope for, I think, is that Goldman will unilaterally decide to be a force for good in the world, rather than an inflator of bubbles and profiteer in busts.”

Down: Greenwald alert: People within the British government are upset that the Freedom of Information act in the country is used to criticze government and not to understand it. How naive are these people?

Up: Daniel Larison pushes back against the idea that Khamenei can’t be negotiated with, and that negotiating with dictators leaves “blood on your hands.” He has a valid point that a strongly moralistic foreign policy was out of favor for a while, but I would caution that it’s an idea that weaves it’s way into and out of favor over time. The 1890s to the 1910s, for example, strike me as a time when foreign policy was often dictated by morality.

Down: Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, dolls, and ACORN.

Bonus ups: I had marked this Ramesh Ponnuru op-ed in the Times for it’s clarity regarding judicial thinking on issues of race, but then Jonathan Chait went and singled it out before I got to it. The entire op-ed is worth reading. Additionally, Chait singles out an interesting counter-intuitive point regarding the health care public option and how it, if formulated wrongly, could provide a boon for insurance companies.

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Written by John Whitehouse

June 24, 2009 at 6:44 pm