Iran just defeated the United States--and it was in Iraq, according to Fred and Kim Kagan. (LA Times)

Should the Vatican get involved in Occupy Wall Street? “Let’s hope so. If our religious leaders won’t challenge us to love mercy and do justice, who will?” says Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Frank Gaffney says anti-hate activists want to execute him with ‘Shariah blasphemy laws’ (Think Progress)

Asia Society’s new $48 million Texas (Washington Post)

A formula for supercommittee success from Third Way’s Ryan McConaghy and David Kendall. (Politico)

AEI’s Michael Barone says there’s a revolt against expertise, but isn’t that the same thing as prideful ignorance? (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Are banks helping or hurting a community by bulldozing foreclosed property? (New York Times)

Does the Obama administration still care about global warming? (National Review)

AEI’s John Bolton on the European financial crisis: “What should be America’s role in these EU efforts? Limited, at best... Much of the EU project is an effort to create a global alternative to the United States. The Europeans are certainly entitled to try, but they’re not entitled to our assistance when they fail, as they’re in the process of doing. Trying to rescue the European Union’s failed political objectives should be off the table in Washington.” (New York Post)