By Fareed Zakaria
“While we argued over Santa Claus’s color (white, black, or multicolored?), China roved across the moon. Iran sent a monkey into orbit and returned him safely to earth,” writes Tom Rogan for National Review.
“America, we have a problem. To be sure, it’s easy to look and laugh, ‘You’re 50 years behind us.’ Easy, but ill judged. Such a casual understanding neglects the defining truth here. Ultimately, the Santa–space dichotomy isn’t about technological power, it’s about national purpose. We need to grasp that fact. Fast.”
“If and when those students depart from America, they will in effect constitute an unacknowledged version of foreign aid,” argues Harold Levy in the Scientific American. “The advanced education they receive in the U.S. is underwritten by American taxpayers in the form of sponsored research, financial aid (for foreign students as well as Americans), and a wide array of subsidies and grants. In addition, many state governments provide their local universities (including wholly private institutions) with land; buildings; subsidized construction loans; fire and police protection; massive real-estate and sales-tax exemptions; and, in a few states, annual budget allocations. Foreign nations – particularly China, India and South Korea – benefit hugely from U.S. investments in higher education.”
“Of course, the appeals court, to which the Administration will now hasten, could toss out Judge Leon’s ruling, and, if the plaintiffs appeal that ruling, the Supreme Court, as it has done in the past, could refuse to hear a domestic-surveillance case,” writes John Cassidy in the New Yorker. “But Judge Leon’s arguments, which were artfully constructed, will not be so easily dismissed. Rather than challenging the FISA court head on, he accepted the government’s argument that he didn’t have the authority to decide whether it had overstepped its bounds in approving government orders that forced telephone companies, such as Verizon and AT&T, to turn over customer records. Where Judge Leon sought to make his stand was in the more open ground where the legacy of the Founding Fathers meets contemporary policies and realities. On the issue of whether the government’s conduct was constitutional, he asserted that his court had a right to rule, and he reached the conclusion that, most likely, it wasn’t.”