Dr. Barnett returns to lead off tonight’s program with the sixth in our series of conversations about his new book, Great Powers: America and the World after Bush. Tonight’s interview focuses on the rise and resiliency of the global liberal international trade order. We wrap up the series next week. The transcript of the interview will be posted here later, and the podcast here.
The Chicago Tribune story on the White House Chief of Staff’s pay as a board member at Freddie Mac led Mark Steyn to suggest on my show just now that the AIG 90% tax ought to be made retroactive for that small band of profiteers who guided Freddie and Fannie down the road to virtual bankruptcy.
Would Karl Rove have survived on the White House staff after such a story? Would any Republican?
Concerned about the faltering war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama plans to dispatch thousands more military and civilian trainers on top of the 17,000 fresh combat troops he’s already ordered, people familiar with the forthcoming plan said Thursday.
Obama also will call for increasing aid to neighboring Pakistan as long as its leaders confront militants in the border region. The president plans to lay out his revamped strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday.
Several sources told The Associated Press the strategy includes 20 recommendations for countering a persistent insurgency that spans the two countries’ border, including sending 4,000 military trainers to try to increase the size of the Afghan army.
Many senior Bush Adminstration officials had speculated that the new president’s conduct of the Afghan war on terror would quickly come to resemble the outgoing Administration’s conduct of the Iraq war, with victory in the latter allowing reinforcement of the former. This is what is coming to pass, and it is a bright mark in an otherwise dismal start to the Obama years.
It remains remarkable that not one question at the president’s press conference touched directly on the two front war and the escalation underway in central Asia.
Chatting with Sean Hannity before last night’s program, the subject turned to Mark Levin’s new book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.
Sean told me that a Long Island book signing for Mark had brought out 6,000 people and sold out every book in the store. This isn’t surprising: Mark’s an extraordinary writer, and the conservative movement’s deep desire for plain talk about first principles is going to make the new book an important best-seller.
Mark and I are friendly competitors in many markets, but we both go all the way back to the Meese Justice Department, and he has been working in the vineyards of the movement for a very long time. Terry Jeffrey’s review of the book explains its importance. Order a couple of copies today, and send one to any elected Republican you know.
Hannity’s new program, btw, has really hit its stride, and the Great American Panel is a lot of fun –reminiscent of Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect panels before Maher went south into his peculiar brand of bitterness. Elected Democrats would be showing a great deal of confidence in their convictions if they began to make the trip to NYC to debate the Administration’s course with Sean.