There are those who predict that China will eventually eclipse the U.S. as the world's most powerful nation. Maybe -- if China's recent rhetoric about its environmentally sustainable future prove to be true.
Take a moment to look beyond the cuts and instead focus on the numerous policy changes proposed in the continuing resolution, and it quickly becomes clear that this is not fiscal prudence at work but ideology.
Little thought has been given to how difficult it is for a fledgling democracy to flourish should its population be subject to a severe chronic food shortage. Nutritional instability can lead to political instability, and Egypt is more than half way there.