- Michael Chabon on Judging Israel The best-selling author writes an op-ed in The New York
Times: "Let us shed our illusions, starting with ourselves, whoever we
are and however august our inheritance of stupidity. Let us not forget
the eternal hole in our human pocket. Let us not, henceforward, judge
Israel or seek to have it judged for its intelligence, for its prowess,
for its righteousness or for its moral authority, by any standard other
than the pathetic, debased and rickety one that we apply, so
inconsistently and self-servingly, to ourselves and to everybody else.
And let us not forgive ourselves — any more than we forgive Israel, or
than Israel can forgive itself — for that terrible inconsistency."
Brooks on European Values The Wall Street Journal contributor compares Europe and the
U.S.: "Europeans have a much stronger taste for other people's money
than we do. This is vividly illustrated by the recent protests in the
U.S. and Greece. Why are citizens rioting and striking in Greece?
Despite the worst economic crisis in decades, labor unions and state
functionaries demand that others pay for the early retirements, lifetime
benefits and state pensions to which they feel entitled. In America,
however, the tea partiers demonstrate not to get more from others, but
rather against government growth, public debt, bailouts and a
budget-busting government overhaul of the health-care industry. In other words, the
tea partiers are protesting against exactly what the Greeks are
demanding. It is an example of American exceptionalism if there ever was
- Frank Rich on Obama The New York Times columnist critiques the president's
leadership: "Obama’s excessive trust in his own heady team is all too
often matched by his inherent deference to the smartest guys in the
boardroom in the private sector. His default assumption seems to be that
his peers are always as well-intentioned as he is. The single biggest
mistake he has made in managing the gulf disaster was his failure to
challenge BP’s version of events from the start. The company
consistently understated the spill’s severity, overestimated the
progress of the repair operation and low-balled the environmental
damage. Yet the White House’s designated point man in the crisis, Adm.
Thad Allen of the Coast Guard, was still publicly reaffirming his trust
in the BP chief executive, Tony Hayward, as recently as two weeks ago,
more than a month after the rig exploded. This is baffling."
Today on Instant Replay The editorial board says we
desperately need instant replay in baseball: "If there were any
lingering doubts that baseball should use instant replay for close
calls, then surely they must have died in Detroit on Wednesday night...
The crime was not Joyce's call — an honest mistake on a bang-bang play
that he quickly admitted and plainly regretted. These things happen. The
culprit was baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's stubborn
refusal to come to grips with that reality. Baseball allows use of
replay only to determine if a home run is valid. So Joyce was stuck, and
Galarraga was robbed."
- David Broder on a Bailout for Teachers The Washington Post columnist pushes for more funding in education: "We
cannot commit to raising standards in one breath and turn around and
issue layoff notices to thousands of teachers in the next. That would be
as unconscionable as vowing to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban while
simultaneously pulling out NATO troops."
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