- Peter Suderman of Reason.com looks at Paul Ryan, one of my favorite congressmen, and wonders if he’s a serious reformer or just another compromised small government hypocrite. You decide.
- Harvard economist and former Reagan advisor, Martin Feldstein, argues in favor of an extension of the Bush tax cuts. I’m with him, natch.
- Former AG, Michael Mukasey, worries, rightly, that we are returned to a pre-9/11 (read: naive) mindset in treatment of terrorists. This is a problem. Unless you’ve forgotten history and think that these lucky breaks (panty bomber, failed Times Square bomb) are the new norm.
- To the point of terror and the Obama administration, Charles Krauthammer, one of the smartest opinionators out there, tackles the question of Miranda rights and the interrogation of terror suspects. Like immigration, this question isn’t as easy at it seems.
- Another favorite of this blog, John Bolton (aka, The Mustachioed Badass), holds forth on the Greece-precipitated Euro-crisis.
- Meanwhile, Daniel Krauthammer reviews the Senate investigations into Goldman Sachs. I think this is a politically opportunistic show trial with little to no merit. Hopefully it also means Goldmanites will donate less to Obama in 2012. Maybe. Unless you think they’ll also take advantage of any new regulatory regime to gain some advantage over competitors. That’s probably what will happen. (h/t Scott L.)
- Bob Bennett is gone and I think it’s a good thing. The MFM takes the liberal line that this is an example of hysterical conservative extremists over a good, reasonable, and conservative senator. Meanwhile, when Sestak defeats Specter in PA, that–that–will be a triumph over incumbency and a renewal of core American democratic principles. Huzzah for the little guy, or something.
- No weekly links post would be complete without at least one to my fav columnist, Bret Stephens. His column on Turkey carries extra weight for me as we recently traveled to Istanbul. I hope it doesn’t turn into Iran; I’d like to go back someday.
- Finally, modern-day hero, General David Petraeus, was recently spoke at an AEI dinner wherein he received the Irving Kristol Award. His speech is (transcript here) is great review of the power of ideas helping to propel the success of The Surge. If you read nothing else from this week’s list-o-links, read this.
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