A vote of no confidence has left in doubt the future of Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek's center-right government and, along with it, the direction of the EU and several key regional issues.
George Bernard Shaw quipped that England and America were two like nations divided by a common language. Today, Pakistan and America are divided by far more than language. One of the most divisive dangers beyond al Qaeda and extremism is the looming trust deficit between Pakistan and America.
Bad news from the IMF arrived last week as the G20 emergency summit creeps closer and closer. The organization recently released some “depressing” figures. In what the BBC called its “gloomiest forecast yet,” the Fund predicted a world economy contraction of 0.5% to 1.0% in 2009. Only two months ago, the prediction had been of a 0.5% world output growth.
In an interviewed aired on last night's installment of CBS' "60 Minutes," President Obama continued to define victory down in Afghanistan, stating that, "Making sure Al-Qaeda cannot attack the US homeland and US interests and our allies. That's the number one priority.''
All this clamoring about the Europeanization of America has not made much sense to me. After all, what can it mean to say, “In short, the more liberal your views, the more Belgian your brain”?
Steven Metz, who teaches at the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, reports that he was attending a recent DoD symposium and that “everyone nodded when a speaker said that the threats of the future will be dispersed, non-state entities, but few seemed to understand that this obviates the very essence of American strategy and the current focus of the military”
Fresh off the heels of snubbing Gordon Brown by not holding a joint press conference with him and giving him a gift that could have been purchased at Wal-Mart, Barack Obama has annoyed Nicolas Sarkozy by sending a mash note to former French president Jacques Chirac asserting that, "I am certain that we will be able to work together, in the coming four years, in a spirit of peace and friendship to build a safer world."