The end is near in Syria -- that is the optimistic headline emerging from Western news sources like the Guardian and Washington Post. While this is an encouraging sign, the trouble is we've seen this movie before.
And so it drags on for another day. The two sides continue to demonize each other. The solution to the problem is that the "other side" ought to just give in and give up. Both sides wrap themselves up in the "arrogance of righteousness."
Politics in the US are more deadlocked and polarized today than they have been since the end of the US Civil War. We see this in voting patterns in the US Congress as well as in citizen voting patterns across the country.
Every time I see a soldier in uniform at the airport, duffel bag tossed over his or her shoulder, waving a tearful good-bye to a wife, husband, fiancé, mother or father, my heart overflows with gratitude.
Get in gear people, and get your wallets back to the mall: do your duty for Santa and Wall Street. It will be difficult for the economic recovery to make much headway without a pick-up in consumer spending.