Pakistan and the U.S., copying China and more [AM Briefing]

“In other words, as much as some might like it to be otherwise, writing Pakistan out of the U.S. foreign policy script is not an option. This is true even in the aftermath of last weekend’s NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, triggering yet another crisis in the tortured U.S.-Pakistan relationship,” write Jane Harman and Robert Hathaway. (Washington Post)

“Instead of relying heavily on Pakistan as a supply corridor, the United States should expand its cooperation with Russia, which has been playing an increasingly important role in military transit to and from Afghanistan. This would serve as both a hedge and a warning to the generals who control Pakistan,” write Dov Zakheim and Paul Saunders. (New York Times)

“If you want to copy China because its authoritarian capitalism is better than our democratic capitalism, it seems pretty obvious that what you envy is the authoritarianism. H. G. Wells had a phrase for that,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Shop at work and save America? (New York Times)

Politico Arena asks: Will Congress give up insider trading? And Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research answers.

‘Geo-engineering’ may solve global warming problem. (Washington Examiner)

Occupy Boston gets its sink confiscated? (ThinkProgress)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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