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Dan Senor on Soldiers and the Economy

3:20 PM, Oct 25, 2009 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Needless to say, if you're going to watch only one Sunday talk show, you should watch Fox News Sunday.

But, as a fair and balanced kind of guy, I have to admit there are occasional moments of insight on the others. Today, sometime TWS contributor Dan Senor appeared on the Meet the Press roundtable, and then stayed afterwards for their web-only "Take Two" extra segment. You can see it here:

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In this segment, Senor discusses his and Saul Singer's fine new book, Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. The book will get its (I trust favorable--but who knows?!) review in TWS soon. But Senor's discussion today of how the Israeli economy and society has taken advantage of the extraordinary real-world experience of its young soldiers is worth watching in its own right, as well as his suggestion that the United States could learn some lessons from Israel in this respect. Chapter 4 of the book is also available at the Meet the Press website. So buy the Senor-Singer book tomorrow (its release date)--but get a foretaste of it today.