When you think of the kinds of people banding together to fight climate change, the men and women who served America in uniform usually aren't the first ones to come to mind. But nothing could be further from the truth.
The QDDR contains many positive elements. The InterAction community is hopeful that it will lead to greater collaboration between USAID and the Department of State to enable the U.S. to respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies and the needs of vulnerable people.
As thousands flee Pakistan's most populist areas because of the flooding, terrorists could be stepping in where the government has not. Not a good development in a country where the US is already seen as the enemy by every 6 out of 10 people.
Having participated avidly in driving our military forces into the ground, the members of a recently released defense review report have proposed that more of the same is inadequate; they want much more of the same.
The new spending level for the Pentagon this year reinforces the budgetary policy's continuity. At $708 billion, we will witness yet another year of "real growth:" a trajectory we have been on since 1999.