Presidential Election, Benghazi, and Power Shift in China

The Election – Michael Barone sums up the 2012 Presidential Election and predicts a Romney win. Agree or disagree, Barone is the undisputed authority on the American electoral system and has total command of its minutiae. “Barone: Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily

Benghazi – Posted a few weeks ago in National Review, this Mark Steyn piece picks apart the underlying issues – both political and geostrategical – surrounding the Benghazi attack and its consequences.

“Diplomatic facilities are U.S. sovereign territory — no different de jure from Fifth Avenue or Mount Rushmore. So defending them is one of the core responsibilities of the state. But that’s the funny thing about Big Government: The bigger it gets, the more of life it swallows up, the worse it gets at those very few things it’s supposed to be doing.”

Who’s ‘Politicizing’ Benghazi?

Power Shift in China – The opaque nature of the Communist leadership in China makes an attempt to understand the changes there feel very similar to reading tea leaves. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, who consistently provides clear and careful analysis of global financial issues, calls the selection of Xi Xinping as China’s new president a “rear-guard coup” by Jiang Zemin, former General Secretary of China’s Communist Party, and writes that “The forces of reaction and economic folly threaten to prevail in China. ” “China’s economic destiny in doubt after leadership shock

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