Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Hitler Model

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

California Snubs Free Trade

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 17, 2014

Pressure on Ukraine image
Analysis and Commentary

The Focus is on Crimea, But Next is the Fight for Ukraine

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Timothy Garton Ash: Despite today's shooting, the west must not forget that the pivotal struggle is over control of the eastern heartlands

Analysis and Commentary

With A Forked Tongue: How The Obama White House Stymies Innovation in Food Production

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes.com
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In testimony last week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a hearing about the agency's current initiatives, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg spoke about the pending application for approval of a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. "We will be moving forward in a deliberate, science-driven way, reflecting all of the important inputs ... as we consider this product application," Hamburg testified to the committee. That’s disingenuous, and she knows it. What she left unsaid is that only one “input” counts: the White House’s undue influence over the FDA’s review.

Analysis and Commentary

Keystone Courts

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Ukraine on the American River

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

That potential political activity will be generated in Sacramento because this is ground zero for Ukrainian communities in California.

Vladimir Putin
Analysis and Commentary

Europe Will Wake Up, and Putin Can Expect a Harsh Response

by Peter Jonesvia The Globe and Mail
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

To accept what Russia is doing with nothing more than a shrug opens the door to a return of pre-1945 European order that is simply not tenable

Analysis and Commentary

A Modest Proposal for NSA

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I had an idea the other day---a way for NSA to serve the national interest, do good for humanity, and improve its public image all at once. Drum roll, please! NSA should get into the business of publishing trade secrets stolen from companies in countries t

Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian Podcast:Understanding Property Rights

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Listen to Understanding Property Rights by Hoover Institution: Richard Epstein discusses the historical background behind the US system of private property rights and how it’s endangered by modern leg... | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.

Analysis and Commentary

This Is the Last Territorial Demand I Have to Make in Europe

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)

Vladimir Putin all but said the above yesterday, after annexing the Crimea — and promising to let alone the rest of the Ukraine. If we just insert Ukraine and Russia for Czechoslovakia and Germany, the following speech could easily be Putin’s: (Berlin 1938 Moscow 2014) Now I have tried during this time also gradually to bring about good and enduring relations with other nations. We have given guarantees for the States in the West. We have guaranteed to all contiguous neighbors the inviolability of their territory so far as Germany Russia is concerned. That is not a phrase — that is our sacred will. We are not interested in breaking peace. We do not want anything from these peoples. It is a fact that these our offers were meeting with increasing acceptance and also growing understanding. Slowly, more and more nations are departing from the idiotic delusion of Geneva; I should like to say, departing not from collective peace obligations but from collective war obligations. They are withdrawing from them and they begin to see problems soberly and are ready for understanding and peace. . . . Bitter as it may be for a few, in the last analysis the interest of the German Russian nation stands above all. This interest, however, is: To be able to work in peace. This whole activity, my fellow citizens, is not a phrase that cannot be proved, but instead this activity is demonstrated by facts which no political liar can remove. Two problems remained. Here I had to make a reservation. Ten Several million of Germans Russians found themselves outside the Reich’s Russian Federation’s confines in two several large contiguous regions — Germans Russians who desired to come back into their homeland. This number of 10,000,000 several million is not a trifle… Somewhere, my fellow countrymen, there is a limit — a limit where yielding must cease, because it would otherwise become a harmful weakness and I would have no right to maintain a place in German Russian history if I were simply to renounce 10,000,000 several million without caring about them. I would then have no moral right to be Fuehrer President of the German Russian people. I have taken upon myself sufficient sacrifices in the way of renunciations. Here was a limit beyond which I could not go. How right this was has been proven, first by the plebiscite in Austria the Crimea; in fact, by the entire history of the reunion of Austria South Ossetia and Crimea with the Reich Russia. A glowing confession of faith was pronounced at that time — a confession such as others certainly had not hoped for. A flaming testimony was given at that time, a declaration such as others surely had not hoped would be given. It was then we saw that for democracies a plebiscite becomes superfluous or even obnoxious as soon as it does not produce results democracies hoped for. Nevertheless this problem was solved to the happiness of the great German Russian people, and now we confront the last problem that must and shall be solved. This is the last territorial demand I have to make in Europe, but it is a demand on which I will not yield. I am thankful to Mr. Chamberlain Mr. Obama for all his trouble and I assured him that the German Russian people wants nothing but peace, but I also declared that I cannot go beyond the limits of our patience. I further assured him and I repeat here that if this problem is solved, there will be no further territorial problems in Europe for Germany Russia. And I further assured him that at the moment that Czechoslovakia Ukraine has solved her other problems, that is, when the Czechs Ukrainians have reconciled themselves with their other minorities, the Czech Ukrainian State no longer interests me and that, if you please, I give him the guarantee: We do not want any Czechs Ukrainians. I now head the procession of my people as first soldier and behind me — may the world know this — there now matches a people and a different one than that of 1918 1989. . . . 

Interviews
Interviews

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (20:40)

with Paul R. Gregoryvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, March 17, 2014

 Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. LouAnn Hammond, DrivingtheNation. : Paul R. Gregory, Hoover and Forbes.com. Jed Babbin, American Spectator.

Interviews

Ed Lazear on the John Batchelor Show (30:49)

with Edward Paul Lazearvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, March 17, 2014

Larry Kudlow, The Kudlow Report, CNBC; and Cumulus Media radio. Phil Izzo, WSJ, Real Time Economics. Joseph Rago, WSJ. Edward Paul Lazear, Hoover & WSJ.

Interviews

Ambassador Michael McFaul on, On Point with Tom Ashbrook (7:34)

with Michael McFaulvia On Point (NPR)

Crimeans have voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Now come the sanctions, the counter-sanctions --and the big questions on where the stand-off ends.