On Diplomacy, Giuliani Gets It

From the field of GOP Presidential hopefuls, at least one of them understands the most basic fact about successful diplomacy:

The policy of the United States of America should be very, very clear that we will use any option we believe is in our best interest to stop them from becoming a nuclear power, and that we’re not going to allow that to happen…

…there is a better chance that we will never have to use military options in dealing with it.

Diplomacy is international politics and war is international politics by other means. To be effective, diplomacy must carry the inherent promise of those other means or the other party has no incentive to negotiate. Of course, leaving no option off the table also means leaving plenty of carrots on the table to go with the sticks, but in dealing with a rogue nation like Iran, a President must understand what Giuliani clearly does – diplomacy without teeth is doomed to fail.

[tags]Giuliani,Iran,diplomacy[/tags]

Giuliani has warning for Iranians

Who will pay for Hillary's healthcare pipe dreams?

James Pethokoukis demolishes the idea that Hillary’s soak the rich tax plan can pay for the half of HillaryCare 2.0 that she plans:

…it seems that the $50 billion or so in new tax revenue (assuming a static analysis that ignores any ill effects on growth from the tax hike) that Clinton is counting on is also being eyed by other some other Democrats for their pet projects.

So, we can expect the burden to fall much more broadly than she claims. She’ll have to cover that shortfall somehow, probably by enacting the sort of non-price rationing prevalent in Britain, Canada and every other country with socialized medicine and modern medical care.

Except that she may already be planning on exactly that sort of thing to pay the other half. Hillary claims that half of the $110 billion. year cost will come from “cost savings/modernization”. Of course, the only way that these cost savings can pay for anything is if they are in addition to the cost savings and modernization that would happen without her plan. In other words, we have to believe that involving the government, adding bureaucracy, injecting additional money into the system and removing meaningful incentive to cut costs will make things cheaper. Hillary wants us to believe that there is such a thing as a free lunch. If you buy that one, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona I’d like to sell you and I’ll throw in a Bridge to Nowhere free.

Who will pay for Hillary’s healthcare pipe dreams? Whether it’s through higher taxes, worse care, nonexistent care or lower economic growth – you will.

[tags]HillaryCare,Hillary Clinton,health care[/tags]

MiniRants: O.J., Blackwater USA, Sally Field

A few minirants on current events.

On the latest O.J. Simpson shenanigans: What happened to “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?”

On Blackwater USA: I know the Iraqi government is increasingly friendly with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, but maybe al Maliki-denijad ought to be worrying about why diplomats in his country need private security, instead of complaining when those private security guards stop terrorists from repeating 1979.

On Sally Field flubbing her lines during her Emmies speech while trying to say something that really wasn’t all that controversial or that profound (Mothers are good; support the mothers of the troops; war is bad.) …well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video ought to be worth at least 100,000:

[tags]O.J.,Simpson,Blackwater,Sally Field,Emmies[/tags]

Blackwater Critics Jump on Iraq Shootout

O.J. Simpson tape found

Dog Bites Man and, In Other News, Rosie O'Donnell Is Gay

The reporter for the Associated Press who came up with this bit of “news” for what’s obviously a slow news weekend must have been one of the 5 Americans who was surprised to find out Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell were gay.

Campaigning in this conservative, predominantly Baptist state, McCain called himself a Baptist when speaking to reporters Sunday and noted that he and his family have been members of the North Phoenix Baptist Church in his home state of Arizona for more than 15 years.

Once again, class, to pass Tom’s Journalism 101 answer this question:

Which is news?

  • A – Dog bites man
  • B – Dog bites reporter
  • C – Someone known for years to be a lesbian “comes out”
  • D – Senator admits to 15 years of church membership
  • E – Man bites dog
  • F- Politician changes his stripes to suit his audience

If you answered A, B, C, D or F, you might do better as an historian.

[tags]journalism,dog bites man,Associated Press[/tags]

McCain Identifies Himself as a Baptist