Behind my eyes were such beautiful sites, so many generous, kind people. Is this what I had been afraid of? Having an amazing time? Meeting people from halfway around the globe who shared similar interests as me? It all seemed so silly now. It's certainly true that nature loves courage.
President Barack Obama's "pivot" to Asia is directed at strengthening U.S. Cold War era alliances to tacitly contain a rising China. However, that means that even minor disputes between American allies and China could drag the United States into a shooting war with a nuclear weapons state.
Congressman Weiner has fallen from grace with meteoric speed and his potential social restitution will be decidedly gradual. But will his experience of utter humiliation eventually make him a better public servant and a better human being?