Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A few snippets from...............

.....Walter Russell Mead.  His blog is a favorite stopping point of mine. Well written long form essays have been his traditional stock in trade.  About two weeks ago he added a "fast track", short posts noting news that is worth pondering, but not worthy of a  three page essay.  Do stop by.  A few excerpts for your edification:

I’ve written about this President’s instinctive lunge for the ‘sour spot’: the compromise that satisfies nobody and doesn’t solve the problem. That has defined his Middle East policy; it defined the health care bill. He has now chosen it, twice, for his economic model.

We shall see.
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I’ve written before that Walmart is doing more for the planet than Greenpeace; this is just more proof. A ruthless focus on price and efficiency is the best way to reduce humanity’s environmental footprint.
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Corruption, low salaries and the general malaise of post-Soviet Russia make things worse. Russia has been running on duct tape for twenty years, and now the duct tape is starting to fray.
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This could be trouble. America’s basic strategy for coping with Chavez is to roll our eyes, sigh, and ignore. That will be harder to maintain if his successor is a drug smuggling crime lord. Should Uncle Sam send Hugo a card and some flowers?
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Looks like Europe is still winning the competition for world’s most financially irresponsible major player. As I told David Sanger yesterday the US is fighting with Europe and Japan in this competition, but the latest from Italy suggests that Europe is starting to pull ahead.

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