Morning Briefing for December 13, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For December 13, 2010

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1. Killing the Tax Compromise

I think the GOP needs to kill the tax compromise.This is not a hill to die on. It is certainly a gamble. Those who support the deal argue that it is too great a gamble to assume we could get a better deal next year when the number of Republicans in Congress increase and the GOP takes over the House.I am willing to take the gamble that any deal we get next year will be far better than any deal we get this year, when such a deal depends on making it palatable to Nancy Pelosi. Congress can fix any tax increase with a retroactive tax decrease.I’ve made it easy for you. You can click here to call your Senator and tell him to vote against the tax compromise.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Like it or Not: Mexico is America’s Next Afghanistan

With the exception of, perhaps, Texas governor Rick Perry, no public official wants to publicly admit an obvious fact: The United States of America will likely be forced to invade Mexico. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. The question then becomes: What to do with Mexico after we invade it and wipe out the drug cartels (as much as can be). Does the United States merely return Mexico to a nation state of corrupt politicians, failed economic policies, and lawlessness, or do we annex Mexico and turn it into the 51st state?For many of us, there is a certain false security in believing that, since most of America’s streets are not filled with the murder and mayhem that is going on just South of our borders, we have nothing to worry about. The feeling that most Americans likely have is: Well, it’s their problem, not ours. However, that illusion of security is quickly being eroded with the stories of American police officers being threatened by Mexican drug cartels, of kidnappings and drug murders in Arizona and Texas, of control of certain parts of Arizona and forays into New Mexico and Colorado by drug cartels, of teenagers being turned into hitmen, and American tourists being kidnapped or killed while on vacation in Mexico.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Wikileaks on Iraqi WMD

During the Iraq War much was made by the left of the failure to locate stockpiles of chemical agents or nuclear materials. Despite the obvious duplicity of the Saddam Hussein regime and the childlike incredulity and fecklessness of Hans Blix and his merry men we were supposed to believe that the failure to find these weapons and materials meant they didn’t exist.Now enters Wikileaks.Noah Schachtman at Wired’s Danger Room (a credible and creditable source before it’s inexplicable decision to hire the cretinous Spencer Ackerman) has the run down.Without recounting each incident, suffice it to say that chemical munitions were encountered with monotonous regularity during combat operations from 2003 forward and on at least two occasions foreign chemical weapons specialists were apprehended.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Gov. Christie and the Fight over Judicial Reform

Chris Christie’s fights with the teachers’ unions in New Jersey have been well documented in the national press and conservative blogosphere. However, Christie has been engaged in another, possibly more significant fight over reforming the New Jersey Supreme Court that has, until now received relatively scant amounts of national attention. As detailed in the New York Times and the WSJ ($), the fight erupted in May when Christie exercised his (admittedly seldom-used) prerogative to not re-appoint the liberal John E. Wallace to the New Jersey State Supreme Court. Please click here for the rest of the post.