The Obama administration takes concrete steps after the Christmas Day bombing attempt on Flight 253. But some of the decisions carry risk.
The closing of the US Embassy in Yemen shows the difficulty of beefing up the American counterterrorist effort in the Arab world’s poorest country.
The media are full of reports of the worst decade, America in decline, the end of the US century. Actually, much points to a hopeful future.
Drop the partisan politics and knee-jerk security measures resulting from the Christmas Day attack. Focus on what’s useful: passenger screening and terrorist watch lists.
A White House meeting with dissident Shirin Ebadi would send a signal of US support for protesters. The Islamic regime fears the ideals that Ms. Ebadi champions – even to the point of arresting her innocent sister.
The suspected jet bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, says he was trained in Yemen, the lawless land of Al Qaeda affliates. Obama might be able to prevent more suicide bombers with preemptive action in that growing terrorist haven.
The president’s cyber czar has the right credentials for this important job, but he’ll need Obama’s visible backing to do it.
The business model for the US Postal Service is broken. Some tough decisions lie ahead, including reducing labor costs and cutting service down to five days.
Even after the passing of this most respected Islamic scholar, the idea of Montazeri that the legitimacy of leaders comes the people will continue to fuel protests in Iran.
Universal broadband is too big a job for the private sector or the feds. Both will have to work together to provide high-speed Internet access to everyone.
The world’s largest carbon emitter must submit to outside review of its efforts against climate change for the US and others to sign an agreement.
Iran’s snub of US overtures for engagement -- such as its test of the Sajjil-2 missile -- give Obama the moral high ground for tougher economic sanctions.
He isn’t fighting Wall Street as much as lawmakers who take campaign money from the financial industry. To win passage of reforms for the industry, the president needs to take on Democrats with sticky fingers and who ignore Main Street.
The moral of the Tiger Woods story is that adultery leaves a trail of destruction. It can be avoided.
Muslim women who want equal rights are turning to Islam’s primary authority – the Koran. It’s a smart strategy.
The US cannot simply emphasize the numbers. It has to focus on quality training for the Afghanistan National Army.
The Obama speech after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize defines a new vision for a superpower seeking help against new kinds of threats.
The EPA ruling on global warming and carbon emissions is the wrong way to win over the Senate and to cut a deal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Obama would apply some of the TARP funds to job growth and some to deficit reduction, which reduces the impact on both jobs and the deficit.
All things considered, NATO has done well – so far – in responding to President Obama's request for more troops.