Today on the Dish, Andrew found Obama's reasons for Libya disturbingly empty. We rehashed the Libya reax, Goldblog asked if there even is a strategy, and Andrew raised other questions from analysis around the blogosphere. Qaddafi's forces violently pressed on in Misrata, Steve Negus mapped Libya's hotspots, and readers pushed back against Andrew's concerns. Dov Zakheim called for a limited US role, Julian Borger laid out the logistics of a UN no-fly zone, and Marc Lynch examined our gamble on the ground. Crowley inquired whether Romney, Palin, and Huckabee support the war, Greg Scoblete countered Shandi Hamid's reasons for intervention, and Greenwald insisted congress must vote. Thoreau reminded us how well no-fly zones worked in Iraq, New York Times reporters were missing in Libya, and no one called for airstrikes against the Ivory Coast's civil war. Yemen forces perpetrated the worst slaughter since the Arab 1848 began, Ackerman pinpointed Yemen's cozy relationship with the US, and Bahrain's government destroyed the pearl of the revolution.
Bradley Manning's treatment and the larger surveillance state appalled Jack Balkin, and Greenwald profiled the Ugly American. Earthquake alarms could save lives, Americans should not buy radiation pills, and Andrew praised Catholics and the majority of Americans for supporting gay marriage. Frum chastised society for putting all our debt on the young, a reader defended tasteless jokes in times of tragedy, reactions poured in on the NYT's paywall, and SWAT teams needed something to do once crack wasn't a problem. Palin snubbed the Indian press, a reader revealed more about Rebecca Mansour, and Bernstein and Silver parsed Palin's numbers.
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Thursday on the Dish, US intervention in Libya loomed, and Andrew asked some dire questions about this imminent war, and the other wars we're still engaged in. The ironies mounted, Exum had questions, Dick Lugar brought some sanity to the debate, and then we found out they briefed Congress in secret. Larison demolished David Kopel's paper tiger, Les Gelb explored an Arab League no-fly zone, and Douthat kept his eyes on what would happen after the intervention. Vivienne Walt explained the tribal loyalties keeping Qaddafi in power, and Scoblete looked to Iraq's example for what happens next. Andrew built on Reihan's assessment of America's relative decline and the right's amnesia about the last ten years. Nick Kristof reported on the scary sectarian riffs in Bahrain, Iraq cracked down on free speech, and Jill Goldenziel updated us on Egypt's long constitutional road ahead. Andrew noted the shift in GOP rhetoric on Afghanistan, Palin planned her visit to Israel and Andrew braced himself for a civilizational war against Islam. Greg Ip charted economic upheavals after terrorist attacks and natural disasters, Will Wilkinson looked to Japan's economic recovery, Euan Mearns eulogized nuclear energy, and the body count grew. Readers testified to looting in Japan, Chris Beam explored the crime aspect, Jesse Walker reminded us that solidarity is the norm, and finally we got some good news.
Andrew applauded the NYT's blogger-friendly paywall, Alexis found the cracks, and Felix Salmon scratched his head. Bradley Manning was chained, Scott Morgan analyzed what's at stake in Montana's marijuana raids, and Robert Shrimsley spoofed Obama's foreign policy. We gawked at Rebecca Mansour, Palin's right-hand gal, and stood in awe before the GIF wall of Judge Judy. Palin played the international circuit, Felix Salmon explained why we'll wait to be seated, and Americans wanted more debt. Readers enlightened us on the backwoods of disability pay, and Andrew marveled at a century of taxation that favored the rich. O'Keefe's antics exhausted James Poniewozick, Avent outlined the job of economists, and calling it a drug war actually kills people. Yglesias and Klein debated serious journalism, we celebrated Bayard Rustin's birthday, and Noah Millman reviewed Irving Kristol's writings. Comstock took issue with Andrew's framing of his MPAA project, marriage equality became a wedge issue, and readers mouthed off on Gilbert Gottfried's tasteless jokes.
Wednesday on the Dish, Andrew urged the right to give precedence its Oakeshottian tendencies, and backed up Michael Cohen on Afghanistan's bunk PR cycle, and Haley Barbour deviated from the party line. Al Qaeda tried to woo Libya, Max Boot and the rest of the armchair generals got a chubby for war, and Douthat compared US intervention to adopting Libya as a child. Graphic and shocking videos arrived from Bahrain, and Syria heated up.
Conor considered the victims as global neighbors, readers reflected on architecture after the earthquake, the Wikileaks trove held info on Japan's nuclear plants that weren't earthquake-safe, we examined the economics of nuclear power, and Gregg Easterbrook feared an anti-nuclear backlash. Readers explained why the Japanese don't loot, Eamonn Fingleton worried about economic reverberations, and the cold could kill more than the quake. GiveWell advised on the best ways to aid Japan, and Andrew saluted the Japanese workers trying to save the day.
Andrew kept his guard up on Palin's enthusiastic base, Bernstein trailed the GOP death spiral, and Limbaugh led the Tea Party delusion train. Some people abused disability pay, readers called their bluff, Kathy Ruffing explored the limits of means-testing social security, and Ezra Klein kept on Evan Bayh's ass for his performance art on Fox. Victims fought back against their bullies, Balko wanted to shield forensics from bias, and Reihan learned long division from his sister. Avent and Meghan battled over NYC's density, an architect enlightened us on Portland's earthquake prep, divorce could literally kill you, celebrities tweeted their suicide attempts, and Gilbert Gottfried made tasteless jokes.
Tuesday on the Dish, Saudi Arabia invaded Bahrain, and Andrew raised red flags looking back to Kuwait, and ahead to the world's oil supply. In Libya, Hitchens itched for intervention, Peter Feaver took issue with Obama's laissez-faire policy, and neocons ignored how the other two wars in the Middle East went. Marc Lynch warned Arab leaders don't want real American military intervention, a reader proposed an Arab League-funded no-fly zone, squatters took over Qaddafi's UK mansion, and Babak Dehghanpisheh wondered whether Libyan rebels can hold their ground. NHK live-streamed updates in Japan, Godzilla lived in Japan's memory of Hiroshima, Sharon Begley warned of radioactive pools, and Clive Crook voiced fears of the spent fuel factor. Seattle prepared for a quake of their own, Evan Osnos kept an eye on China's nuclear plants, the tsunami hit the global economy, and Tyler Cowen encouraged you to donate to Japan. The Japanese didn't loot, we relived the mountain of water hitting, and your reassuring quote of the day is here.
Andrew examined tax breaks and how they affect the debt crisis, and countered Mark Levin as he chronicled the war over Palin on the right. Huckabee rode the wave, Palin flailed for attention on energy policy, and Yglesias fumed at Evan Bayh's new Fox gig. Romney's healthcare vote troubled voters more than his Mormonism, Bachmann urged a Tea Party revolt, a reader refuted Limbaugh with his own disability story, and a slew of anti-evolution bills crushed the social issues truce. Avent explained why NIMBYism is bad for the environment, California was two-faced, and the DEA went after Montana's medical marijuana. News travelled via new media, a sane conservative blog comforted Andrew, and Rummy regretted FOIA. Catherine Rampell described the unhappiest person in America, Alexis glimpsed a DIY appendix removal, and a reader hatched the ultimate rich girl's American Idol. Tom Waits appreciated mishearing, Joel Johnson confessed his tech guilt, we watched Pokemon backwards, and Beard Madness began.
Monday on the Dish, we tracked the latest from Japan, a man survived two days at sea, and we gathered info on how to help. China reacted, and Mark Vernon intuited the religious meaning of the wave. Boing Boing explained power plants, Michael W. Golay assessed implications for the US, and Andrew favored nuclear energy to cut down on our carbon intake. Qaddafi's forces moved east, Niall Ferguson proposed a Helsinki Final Act, and John Lee Anderson reported from the front lines. Contra Mark Steyn, Andrew assessed Obama's temperament, Greenwald called Obama out on being untrue to his word, and the US aped torture methods from the show 24.
Brave voices on the right unleashed on Palin, Larison parsed the timing of their turn against her, but Rush came to her defense. Judd Gregg didn't underestimate her, Keith Humphreys predicted religion would derail some candidates, and Americans do want a truce. Ronald Reagan supported collective bargaining, Heather Mac Donald applauded Wisconsin's Republicans, Haley Barbour's press secretary let loose, bias is hard to admit, Readers defended one man's confession of infidelity, John Corvino applied the monogamy debate to gays, and Alex Massie kept tabs on the Lib Dems. Standardized testing is a farce, female teachers helped women choose math and science, and Alan Jacobs wanted to end year-end student evaluations. DC commuters hitched a ride, cupcakes and gang violence overlapped, and children love cartoons more than they love sugary cereals. Ta-Nehisi demystified White Flight, digital storage shrunk, and Will Wilkinson qualified the happiness of the happiest man in America.
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