1. Via Dan Drezner, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that:
as a hot-button headline issue, offshoring appears to have gone the way of Y2K and the Red Menace. File it under N, for Not as Big a Deal as We Thought.On to the next xenophobic craze!
2. From TPM Muckraker we find that the Supreme Court will likely determine whether or not Guantanamo detainees merit habeas corpus review in civilian courts, since the D.C. Circuit Court upheld the administration’s position that they do not. Marty Lederman has some pretty thorough "brief, preliminary reactions to the majority opinion” here.
Let’s hope Justice Kennedy is in a good mood when they hear arguments on this one.
3. And IOZ brings us the latest bit of grandstanding from Ahmadinejad about Iranian nukes:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking to a crowd of thousands in
Iran, said his country was ready to stop its enrichment program, but only if Western nations do the same _ something the and others with similar programs are unlikely to even consider. United States
"Justice demands that those who want to hold talks with us shut down their nuclear fuel cycle program too," he said. "Then, we can hold dialogue under a fair atmosphere."
The White House dismissed Ahmadinejad's call.
"Do you believe that's a serious offer?" White House press secretary Tony Snow asked. "It's pretty clear that the international community has said to the Iranians, `You can have nuclear power but we don't want you to have the ability to build nuclear weapons.' And that is an offer we continue to make."
I like Snow’s answer: “Are you serious? Like, I’ve already told you no more cookies and it’s way past your bedtime. What you can do, though, is go brush your teeth.”
Ahmadinejad: “But it’s not fair! Why do you get to stay up all night and eat all the cookies?”
Snow: “Because I’m the dad and you’re not. Now go to your room.”
I like the fact that the
He can’t even rely on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and say, “Well, this is how everyone decided it should be back in 1968,” since the
I got a similar response from a State Department nonproliferation official at an international law conference a couple years ago when I asked a panel he was on by what principle the nuclear powers thought non-nuclear powers should accept the premises of the NPT. He didn’t even bother to acknowledge that the question had been asked. Another member of the panel offered by way of quasi-explanation that nations which had previously sought nuclear weapons, like
But we’ve made it clear we don’t really think much of the NPT. What we’d much prefer is a more ad hoc arrangement whereby we don’t disarm and we prevent others from arming themselves. Any attempt to further formalize multilateral nonproliferation arrangements will be met by the
What everybody knows is that the only rule about nukes that matters is whoever gets them gets to keep them. This is the inevitable result of