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“The Delegitimization Of Israel Has Metastasized.”

Saturday, January 10, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Mark Steyn pens a chilling survey of the world-wide outbreak of anti-Semitism. (HT: RobinsonandLong.com.)

Conservatives are rightly focused on the prospect of extraordinary waste (and wasted opportunities) in the president-elect’s stimulus plan, and Americans generally are just beginning to shake off the stunning effects of the fall’s market panic.

But even the most pressing domestic challenges shouldn’t divert attention from the growing malevolence that Israel, and by extension the entire West, faces.

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The Amaze.fm Song of the Week, Yellowstone and GOP 5.0

Friday, January 9, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Listen to the Amaze.fm song of the week, “Lead with Your Lips,” before Yellowstone makes it impossible to do so.

Plus, GOP 5.0: Republican Renewal Under President Obama is now available.

GOP 5.0: Republican Renewal Under Obama

Could There Be Such Stupid People In The Transition?

Friday, January 9, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

As I discussed on last night’s program, the Guardian reported that sources close to the president-elect’s transition team are proposing an outreach to Hamas. This is like proposing an outreach to al Qaeda, and my new Townhall.com column discusses this insanity.

Charles Krauthammer’s column today focuses on how the crushing of Hamas might be within reach:

[T]he only acceptable outcome of this war, both for Israel and for the civilized world, is Endgame B: the disintegration of Hamas rule. It is already under way.

This is not about killing every last Hamas gunman. Not possible, not necessary. Regimes rule not by physically overpowering every person in their domain, but by getting the majority to accept their authority. That is what sustains Hamas, and that is what is now under massive assault.

Hamas’ leadership is not only seriously degraded but openly humiliated. The great warriors urging others to martyrdom are cowering underground almost entirely incommunicado. Demonstrably unable to protect their own people, they beg for outside help, receiving in return nothing but words from their Arab and Iranian brothers. And who in fact is providing the corridors for humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians? Israel.

In the first four minutes of this war, the Israel Air Force destroyed 50 targets, taking down practically every instrument and symbol of Hamas rule. Gaza’s Potemkin leaders were marginalized and rendered helpless, leaving their people to fend for themselves. At such moments, regimes are extremely vulnerable to forfeiting what the Chinese call the mandate of heaven, the sense of legitimacy that undergirds all forms of governance.

The fall of Hamas rule in Gaza is within reach, but only if Israel does not cave in to pressure to stop now. Overthrowing Hamas would not require a permanent Israeli reoccupation. A transitional international force would be brought in to immediately make way for the return of the Palestinian Authority, the legitimate government whose forces will be far less squeamish than the Europeans in establishing order in Gaza.

Read the whole thing. And Claudia Rosett’s post as well (HT: RobinsonandLong.com). As the transcripts of the interviews from this week’s program have shown there is great clarity about Gaza and the necessity of Israel’s mission there, even as there is great sadness about the civilian casualties that Hamas’ war crimes’ strategy make inevitable. Only a genuine dunce would endorse an outreach to Hamas, at any level. If there is any truth to the Guardian report, those dunces should be escorted from the transition offices and sent back to their university and think tank posts asap.

Pelosi’s Punative Push to Punish Profits

Friday, January 9, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From the WaPo:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is urging the incoming Obama administration to stick to its campaign pledge and immediately increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a position that President-elect Barack Obama has wavered on since winning election.

Pelosi told reporters today that she “couldn’t be more clear” in opposing some Obama advisers’ wish to wait for the tax cuts on the highest income earners to expire in two years, as they are set to do under current law. “Put me down as clearly as you possibly can as one who wants to have those tax cuts for the wealthiest in America repealed,” she said.

I suppose there are a few crackpot economists who agree with the Speaker, but the vast majority of economist concur that any tax hike in a fragile economy is very bad medicine indeed. Nancy Pelosi’s demand for a punitive assault on the highest income earners may just be posturing for the benefit of the hard-left that supplies her troops with energy and money, but there’s a very good chance she really doesn’t understand this very basic truth about the business cycle: It takes business to employ people. Tax people at higher rates and fewer people will be employed.

The president-elect has a rare opportunity to extend the Democratic Party’s deep reach into the center and even the center-right. This opportunity worries Republicans –a lot.

But the Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader seemed poised to insist on imposing the ideological purity of the hard left leadership on the new Administration. Bad for the economy, good for the GOP’s rapid recovery.

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