On Friday President Obama decided to levy a 35% tariff on tires imported from China. This morning China has responded by beginning the process of imposing tariffs on U. S. auto products and chicken white meat
Obama plans to shift 45,000 troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, enlisting more help from the United States' European allies, but he will delay this until after Germany's general election later this month, Spiegel reports.
Nile Gardiner, a former researcher for Margaret Thatcher who heads up a center named in her honor at Heritage Foundation, writes in the Telegraph that "The French do not deserve a command role in NATO." He calls the news that French general Stéphane Abrial will be head Allied Command Transformation "a further weakening of the Anglo-American Special Relationship."
Last Friday, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivered a major address on Afghanistan here in London. The speech was to mark a major change in British policy meant to refocus British efforts in this war and bring more resources across government to bear. The media did not favorably review the speech in part because it lacked passion and offered no new or persuasive arguments to convince a skeptical public that the effort in Afghanistan was indeed worth the costs.