President Karzai recently threatened that he may join the Taliban. I think he badly needs to do that because his corrupt and inefficient government has already been helping in strengthening the Taliban.
Attention is focused on how much the two main political parties have been driven to hate each other, egged on by the media. To me the horror is the generally accepted feeling in America that government is evil.
For the last forty years, the Right's demonization of government is one of the reasons why the wealthy and big Wall Street banks have been allowed to siphon off a greater and greater share of the nation's wealth from the middle class.
The newly-Republican House of Representatives is going to start off their tenure reading the entire Constitution on the floor of the House. There's one problem with this: Who gets to read the uncomfortable bits?
It's impossible for critics to claim WikiLeaks has made no difference at all, as leaked cables show that thousands more civilians were killed in Iraq than previously reported with details available for some of the more brutal cases.
In the developing world, the need to deliver results is just as pressing as it is in the United States. While significant resources are being invested in development globally, the results in reducing poverty are not uniform.