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The Aftermath of Mumbai

Thursday, December 4, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Conversations with Christopher Hitchens (transcript here, podcast here);

Robert Kaplan (transcript here, podcast here); and

Douglas Frantz (transcript here)

Background on the greater war in which the attacks on Mumbai are just the latest chapter in The War Against the West.

The War Against the West

Hitchens admits to being “very depressed by the parochialism of our media,” and the speed with which the MSM has left the story of the attacks on Mumbai is astonishing. It is the same war that is being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan, and which has struck in Madrid, London and of course again and again in Israel. Imagine if the world had stopped covering 9/11 a week later. That is pretty much what we are seeing in the American media right now. Is the subject too complicated for them?

Yesterday’s New York Times carried a fine column by Thomas Friedman which asked:

[I]f 10 young Indians from a splinter wing of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party traveled by boat to Pakistan, shot up two hotels in Karachi and the central train station, killed at least 173 people, and then, for good measure, murdered the imam and his wife at a Saudi-financed mosque while they were cradling their 2-year-old son -purely because they were Sunni Muslims -where would we be today?

There is a related question for American MSM: If a European city had been the scene of a slaughter on par with that in Mumbai, would you be covering it with greater interest and detail than you are covering India?

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Should the GOP Bargain On The Bailout?

Thursday, December 4, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

If the GOP’s leadership in the Senate calculates that it must go along with the bailout of the Big Three because of the overall weakness in the economy, I hope they at least bargain for some concession such as a giant tax restructuring for Michigan and Ohio, a demonstration project on the economic effects of tax reform. If the UAW and industry supporters are going to succeed in opening a fiscal lifeline to Detroit, couldn’t the GOP at least demand that all of Michigan and Ohio provide a demonstration of what a lower corporate tax rate can mean for an economy. Call them Irish Zones, after the tax policy of the Republic of Ireland, and declare that companies headquartered in Michigan or Ohio will pay 12.5% corporate tax, as all corporations do in Ireland.

Related story: The New York Times runs a post-mortem on the Saturn experiment at GM.

Jeb 2010?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This would be very welcome news within the GOP, providing a great start to the cycle and encouraging other strong candidates to follow suit.

GM’s “Plan”

Wednesday, December 3, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Here it is. I read it looking for the names of the plants that would close and those that would stay open, and which plants would make which vehicles –data which isn’t in the “plan.”

How in the world does GM expect a group of politicians to spend billions on a plan that might turn aorund and close huge job providers in their backyards? It is hard to be transparent, but it is completely foolish to expect the public and the Congress to sign off on a 37 page head-fake.

More anaylsis here and here.

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