There could be no more urgent political or policy agenda. There are two global crises that are increasing exponentially in scale this year, trapped in a vicious reinforcing cycle, one making the other worse.
The West is in denial by refusing to acknowledge the obvious. There's no quick fix for defeating terrorism. The terrorism we see today is the descendant of many generations of intertwined missteps. The fallout has been global.
American environmentalists are probably the best of Americans. They have the scientific knowledge and interest to keep ecosystems functioning for the services they provide: clean water, clean air, and good and healthy food.
We've sent soldiers like Willie to die for 12 years. Americans don't have to conserve food or gasoline, or give up shopping while the Willie Gilberts fight. If we don't know or love someone away at war, it doesn't affect our lives one bit.
12.4 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets are unemployed as of July. In real numbers, that's 232,000 new veterans struggling to find work. That's a number small enough that if our nation really focused on it, we could make a real dent.
There are growing ranks of veterans who return home and commit crimes. We help the entire country by helping veterans who are on the edge. It makes our communities safer and honors the values they fought for.
This isn't about insider partisan purges and who has beltway money, It's very clear, and it's very mainstream. If you take the outsider, radical position and support the war in Afghanistan, you're toast.
If present trends of industrial overfishing continue, there will be no commercially viable wild fisheries left by mid-century, and CITES failed at its recent meeting to intervene on this looming catastrophe.