Paul Krugman in The New York Times on Reagan's Keynesianism. The Princeton economist says the U.S. economy would be headed for a recovery if only Obama embraced the same sort of tax-and-spend Keynesianism that Reagan did. How's that for counterintuitive? "Why was government spending much stronger under Reagan than in the current slump? 'Weaponized Keynesianism' — Reagan’s big military buildup — played some role. But the big difference was real per capita spending at the state and local level, which continued to rise under Reagan but has fallen significantly this time around." As he explains: "States and local governments used to benefit from revenue-sharing — automatic aid from the federal government, a program that Reagan eventually killed but only after the slump was past."
Robert Satloff, in The New Republic, on Syria. The magazine's contributor says a civil war in Syria would be a disaster for U.S. national security. "If Syria descends into the chaos of all-out civil war, it’s not only Syrians who will lose out, as Annan suggests. Very clear American interests are also at stake," he writes. The nightmare scenarios he foresees include the loss of Syria's substantial chemical and biological weapons stockpiles, cross-border clashes with Turkey and even thousands of jihadists descending on Syria "to fight the apostate Alawite regime, transforming this large Eastern Mediterranean country into the global nexus of violent Islamist terrorists." In short, Satloff says if intervention is necessary to stop a civil war, the military should begin drawing up a game plan.