India's statement that it will continue to purchase oil from Iran is a major setback for the US attempt to isolate the Iranian government over the nuclear issue. It's also bitterly disappointing news for those of us who have championed a close relationship with India.
The US has relied on the military to hit back when attacked or even threatened; to place first priority on building up defenses; to sometimes shoot first, ask questions later. But the most difficult challenges ahead will require greater reliance on diplomacy and traditional statecraft.
President Obama is trying to balance transition and stability in Egypt, but events in Cairo may make that impossible.
The US has scored no big wins under his policy of talking with the enemy. Doubts that it can are rising.
Evidence mounts that international sanctions are having an impact.
Israeli officials see opportunity to turn Gaza over to Egypt to provide services.