I got nothing on red/blue. I’m red-blue black-and-blued. Thanks to Steve again for his opening presentation and everyone for posing for photos. Also, welcome news members. Please come back sometime!
From what I’m reading, a lot of people are distressed about the President’;s decision to confront Libya with military force, even if the way he went about it (patiently building international consensus and support) is a pleasant contrast to his predecessor. Still, this is a big-time: A third simultaneous war with hazy objectives and a nonobvious exit strategy.
LIBYA — Some early commentary
- This is a very high-stakes gamble– What if Kaddafy doesn’t back down and civil war drags on and on?
- Obama’s switch to supporting war was sudden and unexpected — and a little baffling.
- An optimistic liberal.
- A torn liberal.
- A furious conservative.
- (I don’t think I buy this, but judge for yourselves): “Make no mistake” – This commits us to regime change, not just humanitarian protection.
JAPAN AND OUR ENERGY FUTURE
- Maybe we do have to choose between nuclear power and clean energy, one or the other. Read the whole article, but basically it’s because (1) there’s only so much investment capital out there for energy and if nukes soak up all of it there won’t be enough for clean energy; and (2) the future is in “distributed power” (smaller power plants distributing electric power along highly efficient two-way transmission lines) and nuclear power is just not amenable to that.
- UPDATE: A primer on the huge challenges facing nuclear power, from the Council On Foreign Relations, a center-right thinktank. Chuck was making many of these points at our meeting.