There can sometimes be a case for military intervention or use of drones. But the high costs of these tactics must be recognized and weighed. To reduce terrorism, Washington should do less, not more, abroad.
Despite a new administration in Washington, not to mention the damage done to their credibility since the Iraq invasion, the Neocon core lives on, because networks like it are self-propelling and enduring.
Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly.
Old media, and specifically CNN, are learning the difficult lesson that with or without their vast resources and state of the art studios, the Iranians' stories will be told. And they'll be told to tens of millions more viewers than cable and satellite programs tend to reach.
Leading lights of the aid movement -- Geldof, Bono, Sachs and Easterly -- continue to bicker with politicians and amongst themselves without taking a visible role in reform of the levers of assistance.
As Putin watched the U.S plunge into two wars in the Middle East, he saw a power vacuum in his neighborhood. He was playing old-fashioned power politics while his "friend" Bush was trying to remake Arabia.