In a new essay at The National Interest, Richard Betts makes a point I've been making since before this blog started:
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is one of the most successful alliances of all time, but after the cold war and the successful completion of its mission, NATO suffered an identity crisis. It now has three main functions and self-images that compete with each other.
One has to love headline writers. YahooNews titles an AFP story "Euro drops against dollar after EU rejects bailout." That got my attention, obviously, so I read further.
Iran now possesses enough fissile material to produce at least one nuclear bomb, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mullen said over the weekend. Mullen's statement follows a February 19 report released by the IAEA that concluded it had underestimated the amount of Iran's enriched uranium by about one third.
A series of discordant columns over the weekend makes it clear that a new American president has not been a magic fix for the transatlantic relationship. Indeed, the global financial crisis has exacerbated differences, not just between America and Europe but within Europe as well.
U.S. Predator strikes against high-level al Qaeda targets in the tribal areas of Pakistan are disrupting the group’s operations, but the terrorist organization has responded by stepping up its efforts to further destabilize an already fragile Pakistani government.