With a newly aggressive Russia, the United States and our allies should look for a way to keep these ships out of Vladimir Putin's hands so we don't give him precisely the type of expeditionary military asset used to invade other nations.
While Bashar al-Assad's military continues to consolidate its position in strategically important areas of central Syria, the Syrian Opposition Coalition is trying to counteract the regime's advances with a campaign of its own -- in Washington.
The Assad regime in Syria is reprehensible. The use of chemical weapons by any actor is unacceptable. Violence as a tool to effect political change is a monstrosity. All of these things are true, but none justify the United States taking the role of an avenging god.
Obama was supposed to end the Bush policy and take us off of the trajectory to war with Iran, but with a little scolding from Congress and the pro-war lobbies, it now looks like the Barack Obama of 2008 has been put on time out.
What's most disturbing is that it's evident many members simply don't care about the world's poor. They believe that they were sent to Washington to save taxpayer dollars no matter what the cost in terms of lives saved or hardships avoided.
The conservative disdain for the START treaty reveals a mindset stuck somewhere between Bonaparte and Khrushchev: when the world obeyed old white guys drinking scotch and issuing rules from occupied castles.
A Democrat says we have to make foreign aid more efficient. A Republican says she will trim the "fat" in existing aid programs. Depending on how you define "fat," we may have a bi-partisan consensus on our hands.