There are some policy points that are worth repeating, even by a no-count blogger, even at the risk of being a bore.
To the U.S. government:
- Don't torture.
- Close Guantanamo.
- Don't attack Iran.
- Don't jump into the war in Syria.
- Don't fixate on the drones.
[Emphasis is mine.] The drones are just the latest shiny toy that seems to promise a means to maintain U.S. hegemony on the cheap. Our administration's evident delight in its technological killing instruments is actually a sign of weakness. Coll points out that the U.S. does a path have global leadership; politicians are deterred from following the path of "economic growth, scientific innovation, military deterrence, and the power of ideas" because it would entail investing in the quality of life here at home.
This points me to another of those policy points that even a no-count blogger can't repeat too often:
- If the government needs money for the common good, tax those who have it -- that would be the banks and rich people.