Today was Day 21 stuck in transit at Moscow Airport. Or is it Day 22? Who knows anymore -- one day just bleeds into the next, especially with the windows in the transit lounge blacked out for my security.
Prior to the Snowden affair, it looked as if Secretary of State John Kerry might have brokered a thaw in U.S.-Venezuelan relations. If anything, however, the Snowden affair will probably exacerbate the poisonous atmosphere.
Remember the spillover from Afghanistan when the war ended and there were thousands of mujahideen fighters emerged with nowhere to go? The same will apply in Syria. Where will all these jihadis end up?
Americans don't want to be groped or scanned, don't want our personal spaces invaded, but we're willing to endure both in the name of security. Such is the contract between the people and the state in the new, post-9/11 America.
So is it possible that Snowden was working for Russia all along? Could this be a James Bond style spy caper in the making? Hard to tell, but knowing Vladimir Putin and his gang, it's certainly possible.
To me, Edward Snowden just seems like a narcissistic creep who wants to be a star on the global stage. But rest assured that would never stop me from making the man a playlist that's perfect for long trips from Moscow to Ecuador in the company of Wikileaks lawyers.
Americans must take the opportunity to lead, or eventually find ourselves following. The fact that countries around the world are adopting America's model for innovation creates tremendous long-term opportunities to build grassroots links across the globe.
Even before the wild overnight developments in the Boston bombings -- Russians, Chechens, the Caucuses (sic), Kyrgy-what? -- it was clear that we are culturally unprepared for the complexity of the Boston bombings.
If war were to break out, the presumed influx of refugees into Russia could create a humanitarian crisis and a burdensome price tag for the Kremlin -- just as it would for China. Russia is similarly vulnerable to any radiation that may blow from the peninsula on to Russian territory.
It is simply astounding to see how much more growth Russia has yet to achieve. Thankfully, there are institutions in Russia which have trail blazed forward in an attempt to equip the nation to respond to the challenges demanded by the modern global economy.
The announcement last week by Defense Secretary Hagel that the U.S. will, over the coming months, deploy additional anti-ballistic missile interceptors in Alaska and on America's west coast is not really what it is being portrayed as.