One question many of us have had since the announcement that President Obama's foreign policy team would include Hillary Clinton as State and Jim Jones at NSC was which of these two strong figures would emerge on top. As I noted last week, "Realistically, one or the other will dominate. My money's on the general." A front page story in today's WaPo by Karen DeYoung makes me want to raise my bet.
NATO secretary general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer today lambasted European members for their meager commitments to the Afghanistan mission, declaring, "Leadership and burdens -- they go together."
Benjamin Weinthal, the Jerusalem Post's Berlin correspondent, charges in WSJ Europe that European firms and governments, particularly those in Germany and Austria, are actively supporting the regime in Teheran and are at best indifferent to Iran's nuclear program.
Canada has expressed relief that the U.S. Senate has watered down the "Buy America" provision of the economic stimulus package currently under negotiation but that it will continue pressure to keep trade between the two countries open. John McCrank for Reuters:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is offering a very meager increase in French participation in NATO in exchange for command of two prestigious posts.