Saturday Readings

Syria Is The Key To Stability In The Middle East Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice contends that the Syrian crisis is much more than a humanitarian one and that a failure to end the year-long civil war has grave consequences.

“The conflict in Syria is pushing Iraq and others to the breaking point. At the same time, U.S. disengagement has tempted Iraqi politicians to move toward sectarian allies for survival. If Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cannot count on the Americans, he will take no risks with Tehran.

“The great mistake of the past year has been to define the conflict with Bashar al-Assad’s regime as a humanitarian one. The regime in Damascus has been brutal, and many innocent people have been slaughtered. But this was no replay of Libya. Much more is at stake,” Rice writes in The Washington Post.

Comprehensive Plan Needed To Promote Economic Growth
James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute lays out his economic growth plan, one that combines “a full spectrum solution reforming education, regulation, immigration, and entitlements.”

“Any plan must result in a system that rewards innovation and work, not lobbying and cronyism. It would ideally generate enough revenue to pay for government without raising taxes on middle-income families. And it must be politically doable,” he asserts.

US And Mexican Relations
Any talk of Mexico generally involves immigration and its impact on the labor force, but the US should take another look because Mexico is emerging as a much stronger neighbor. And the first place they might look is on the store shelves.

“Mexico is already the world’s biggest exporter of flat-screen televisions, BlackBerrys and fridge-freezers, and is climbing up the rankings in cars, aerospace and more. On present trends, by 2018 America will import more from Mexico than from any other country. “Made in China” is giving way to “Hecho en México,” notes the Economist.

Is Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai still an American ally?
“In a broken country whose main glory is its history of defeating invading empires, this insult is pernicious and hard to brush off. Brought to power by the U.S. invasion, Mr. Karzai understands that his legitimacy and future survival depend on proving that he is no puppet of the Western unbelievers—no matter how much he actually depends on their money and troops,” writes Yaroslav Trofimov in The Wall Street Journal.




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