As the G8 countries meet in France to discuss support of the Arab Spring, hopes are modest. But a giant Marshall Plan for these new democracies is less needed than is effective aid.
From post-Katrina New Orleans to tsunami-hit Japan, examples abound of using a crisis for blank-slate redesign after a tragedy.
The Supreme Court ruled that overcrowded prisons in California amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Reducing the prison population does not have to pit human dignity against public safety.
When Mitch Daniels decided not to run for president, many Republicans were disappointed that their dream candidate bowed out. But the current field may not be as weak as people think.
President Obama had to push concrete US positions to get the Israelis and Palestinians on board the freedom train in the Middle East.
In case people doubted – and they did – the United States is on the side of democracy protesters, Obama said in his Middle East speech. But he did little to help Americans or Arabs grapple with hard choices.
Public figures from Arnold Schwarzenegger to LeBron James to Newt Gingrich to Oprah are apologizing. So many mea culpas create an opportunity to better define forgiveness.
The French are shocked at the sex-crime charges against potential French presidential candidate Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Yet they would yawn over Arnold Schwarzenegger's infidelity.
A world with more middle class than poor by 2022 may be a challenge to social values. A rising middle-class materialism needs a spiritual response.
The Nakba Day protests by Palestinian refugees to enter Israel were supposed to be nonviolent. Both sides failed, and they need to commit to the peaceful, democratic ideals of the Arab Spring.
President Obama's speech Thursday on the Middle East is a chance for him to bring a coherent US strategy to the uneven democracy bloom of the Arab Spring, and to consult with Congress on the way forward.
Worrisome events in Egypt, such as violence against Coptic Christians, do not serve as a model for other Arab nations in revolt.
Despite last year's bailout, debt in Greece continues to grow, and Athens is asking for another rescue package. As America nears the deadline to raise its debt ceiling, it should review its Greek lessons.
Immigration reform depends on sustainable, provable security along the southern border. But Obama, in a speech in El Paso today, hopes to change the meaning of security.
The bloody and widespread crackdown on democracy protesters in Syria presents an opportunity for Turkey to reconsider its 'zero problems' foreign policy – and work with its NATO allies to change the ideological landscape of the Middle East.
The killing of Osama bin Laden by the Navy SEALS should compel a more sober risk assessment of the terrorist threat by Congress and the Obama administration. Bin Laden himself wanted to bankrupt the US by causing overreaction to fear.
The death of Osama bin Laden may well hasten the end of the war in Afghanistan. But we don't know that yet, and until the US sees signs of progress, it should stay the course.
Capturing Osama bin Laden was fraught with peril, not only for the SEALs but for the US legal system. Still, might it also have raise America's moral stature with Muslims, and reflected the nonviolence principles of the Arab Spring – as well as Obama?
What did Pakistan know about bin Laden's whereabouts? Lawmakers in Congress demand an answer, and threaten aid restrictions. But for better or for worse, America must support Pakistan.
The killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by Navy SEALs was a victory not just for America. It comes as Muslims in the Arab Spring are killing off visions like Al Qaeda's that deny individual rights in the name of authoritarian rule.