Oh. Well. Great.
I know that I can sleep easy at night after reading this story. How about you? South Asian regional tensions mounted last week after nuclear-armed Pakistan entered a state of “high alert” after receiving a phone call, now believed to be a hoax, from India’s foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee to Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari the day that terrorist attacks on Mumbai concluded.The caller allegedly | Read More »
Question Of The Day
Who needs four Horsemen of the Apocalypse when Robert Mugabe is still around? In these tough economic times, we can downsize amongst the Horsemen and assign all of their responsibilities to Mugabe. Wreaking havoc, death and destruction is about the only administrative talent he has, after all: The United States said on Friday that President Robert Mugabe’s departure from office was long overdue and a | Read More »
Meanwhile, 90 Miles From The Florida Coast . . .
Well, this is interesting, now isn’t it? Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro said on Thursday his country could talk to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, in Havana’s latest overture to the incoming Democratic administration in Washington.His remarks followed comments from his brother, President Raul Castro, who told a U.S. magazine he could meet Obama in a “neutral place” to try to end the Communist-run island’s four-decade | Read More »
The Cheap Path Towards Political Popularity
The most dangerous politician around is the kind whose bad policies are enabled by an adoring public. Nicolas Sarkozy has become a very dangerous politician: At 4 a.m. on Sept. 30, as the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. was shaking up investors on six continents, President Nicolas Sarkozy convened an emergency meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris to broker the bailout of French-Belgian bank | Read More »
Welcoming The Obama National Security Team
The Arena asked us contributors to . . . well . . . contribute. As I write here, I find it interesting that the President-elect appears to be backing away from his commitment to remove troops from Iraq in 16 months and his approach on decision-making seems to be lifted straight from the playbooks of George W. Bush and John McCain. This probably won’t get | Read More »
What does it mean and what are its consequences for the United States and the world? My answer is here and the crux of my point can be found in the following excerpt: The implications for the United States and for counterterrorism from the attacks in Mumbai can be summed up thusly: We continue to live in a dangerous world, the threat of terrorism is | Read More »
In Which I Am Amused (Part Trois)
This is precious: Samantha Power, the Harvard professor who was forced to resign from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign last spring after calling Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton “a monster,” is now advising the president-elect on transition matters relating to the State Department — which Clinton is slated to head. Power is listed on Obama’s transition Web site as part of the team reviewing national security agencies. | Read More »
In Which I Am Amused (Part Deux)
Yousefzadeh’s Law Concerning the Popularity of Republican Presidents: After a Republican President leaves office, the more time passes, the greater the chances that the chattering classes of Washington will gain a Strange New Respect for said former Republican President, while lamenting that the current Republican Party cannot be like the former Republican President. This will be the case notwithstanding the fact that during the Presidency | Read More »
Reports that al Qaeda is planning to target sites like Penn Station and that there is increased chatter in intelligence circles concerning a terrorist event are certainly enough to cause reasonable people to be worried–especially in light of the gruesome attack in Mumbai. Who knows whether the attack in Mumbai is the culmination of the chatter, or whether it is only the beginning of yet | Read More »
Good News From Venezuela
Gradually, Hugo Chavez is getting his wings clipped: Venezuela’s growing opposition and President Hugo Chavez’s left-wing party shared the spoils from weekend elections as they jostled for political momentum in the OPEC nation on Monday. The multi-party opposition eroded Chavez’s dominance of regional politics, winning six top posts that govern over almost half of the population, although his Socialist Party took a clear majority of | Read More »
Thus Begins The Terror
How would you like to be in the position of one of the political hands working for Team Obama? You were probably responsible in no small part for having helped manage one of the best campaigns in political history, a campaign whose dispatch of the most powerful machine in the Democratic party prior to the rise of Barack Obama was no small feat and can | Read More »
Our Very Own Arnold Vinick
While Tim Geithner is a good pick for Treasury, I continue to be puzzled that Hillary Clinton is going to get the top job at the State Department. I said what I wanted to say on this matter so I won’t repeat myself, but it continues to stun me that we are viewing the position of Secretary of State as being something akin to Homecoming | Read More »
Iran is waiting Mr. President-elect
The International Atomic Energy Agency revealed yesterday that Iran is stockpiling vast amounts of enriched uranium which is needed for for weapons-grade material and can be made into a nuclear weapon. The agency says that, as of this month, Tehran had amassed 630kg of low enriched uranium hexafluoride, up from 480kg in late August. Analysts say Iran is enriching uranium at such a pace that, | Read More »
The Honeymoon Is Not Quite Over . . .
But while Barack Obama still has a lot of affection among antiwar types who saw him as a champion of their interests, that affection seems to be waning somewhat: Antiwar groups and other liberal activists are increasingly concerned at signs that Barack Obama’s national security team will be dominated by appointees who favored the Iraq invasion and hold hawkish views on other important foreign policy | Read More »
More On Hillary Clinton At Foggy Bottom
The Arena asked its contributors to weigh in. I do so here.