One key is not setting a final exit date, which would only allow the Taliban to wait out the US.
General concern about creeping Islamic power, rather than a critical national problem with mosques, appears to have produced the Swiss minaret vote banning construction of the towers.
China and US cooperation in promoting such vehicles is a concrete step against global warming. But how to measure claims in miles "per gallon"?
For many people, the last Thursday of November is one of faith, feasting, family, friends, football, and fun. But it's also a measure of the American character for generosity.
Is Medvedev the lapdog of Putin? Or is he biting his mentor's ankles? No one knows, which makes taking sides a dangerous guessing game, particularly for the White House.
Obama has wisely resisted various ideas in Congress to boost private hiring through direct government action. But there may be tax incentives that can work – with trade-offs.
You probably never heard of the new president and foreign policy chief of the European Union – Belgian Herman Van Rompuy and Briton Catherine Ashton. That may be their strength.
The Karzai inauguration came with promises to fight graft. The US must be patient as long as he delivers.
Palestinian leader Abbas tries to carry the Middle East peace process directly to the UN. But Israel's plans for 900 new homes in East Jerusalem only shows that it's just as willing to take unilateral action. No one wins when both sides refuse to negotiate.
With 10.2 percent US unemployment, Obama in China should have pushed harder at trade barriers.
Once a rogue, always a rogue, unless she adopts a positive, ideas-rich style of leadership.
A civilian court faces a host of challenges to convict Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others. And Obama's antiterror approach will also be on trial.
The Pentagon can learn from post-Columbine schools and from gang-ridden cities how to see warning signs for would-be killers.
Bids by Japan and China for regional influence are reminders of the reason for US preeminence.
Hundreds of thousands of veterans are taking advantage of the new GI Bill. They need the support of the VA and educators.
A persistent, united effort by governments and individuals brought down the Berlin wall. The same strategy can crack the wall of jihadist ideology.
Such government largess for the housing industry misdirects US savings away from investments into globally competitive businesses.
Spot growing fields in the economy and then find a retraining center. But such schools need to adapt quickly, and require more resources.