Archive for October 10th, 2009

Decline Is a Choice — The New Liberalism and the end of American ascendancy — Charles Krauthammer

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The weathervanes of conventional wisdom are registering another round of angst about America in decline. New theories, old slogans: Imperial overstretch. The Asian awakening. The post-American world. Inexorable forces beyond our control bringing the inevitable humbling of the world hegemon.

On the other side of this debate are a few–notably Josef Joffe in a recent essay in Foreign Affairs–who resist the current fashion and insist that America remains the indispensable power. They note that declinist predictions are cyclical, that the rise of China (and perhaps India) are just the current version of the Japan panic of the late 1980s or of the earlier pessimism best captured by Jean-François Revel’s How Democracies Perish.

AFP — Chinese dissidents let down by Obama Nobel

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

China’s dissidents are voicing unease about President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, saying that the award could have been effective in promoting human rights in their country.

AFP — Obama basks in new glory after Nobel Prize win

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

But critics argued the award may have been premature and even embarrassing.

A visibly surprised Obama, 48, said Friday he did not feel fit to join the honor roll of revered Nobel peace laureates, but vowed to use the prize as a “call to action” to lead the world in confronting its deepest challenges. World reaction to Obama’s win

AP — Read the health bill! Not as easy as you think

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

WASHINGTON - Read the bill! It was a rallying cry at angry health care town halls this summer and has evolved into something of a political movement. Many Americans are demanding that lawmakers actually read the comprehensive legislation they’ve written – or at least make it publicly available – before voting on it.

ABC — FBI video shows cars, trucks tossed around by waves from tsunami that struck American Samoa

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The FBI on Friday released video footage showing waves rushing in and violently tossing cars and trucks in a parking lot as a deadly tsunami struck American Samoa last week.

California’s Budget Suffers Major Blow as Debt Sales Loom

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — California’s revenue collections trailed its forecasts by $1.1 billion during the first three months of the fiscal year, showing new deficits are emerging in the budget Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed July 28.