2. When Newt Gingrich jumps on the religion bandwagon, does it mean that a longtime power seeker senses the way things are going in America?
The foreign-policy ineptness we’re seeing from the Obama administration is quite striking. Its key players are sending out contradictory messages one after the other. One day Hosni Mubarak’s regime is stable; the next day he has to go. One day Bashar Assad is a reformer; the next day he’s a butcher. The president tells Members of Congress he expects we’ll be actively involved in military action against Libya for days, not weeks; the secretary of defense, when asked how much longer we might be in Libya, says, “I don’t think anybody knows the answer to that.” The president says, Colonel Qaddafi “must step down from power and leave” immediately; the caveat is that his exit can be achieved only through non-military means.
I have long thought that the left’s subjectivist epistemology makes them stupid. When you’re convinced reason is useless, you stop using it.
4. Yuval Levin has written a long essay, “Beyond the Welfare State,” arguing that we need to trash the welfare state and find a new type of society. His argument is mostly practical, although he believes the welfare state is immoral in its unintended consequences. His program is better than what we have now, but is it something people would rally around? Would it hold in the long run? Would his concession to altruism undermine the better elements?
5. In case you missed the tsunami ravaging Kesennuma Port, it’s amazing. You see the ocean wipe out a town in six minutes.
6. Edward Cline looks at the lunacy of an altruistic war.