Obviously the world is a messy place. But what stresses American policymakers? It’s not the problem of defending the U.S. No other country has a conventional capability to reach America. Thus, America's national security team need not worry about the sort of potential threats facing virtually every other nation.
Friends of liberty worldwide should offer aid and support to Burmese activists seeking political reform.
In Northeast Asia, nonproliferation has become the international equivalent of gun control: only the bad guys have guns. Russia, China, and North Korea all are nuclear powers, why not let South Korea take responsibility for its own defense?
For two weeks most Americans didn’t notice that the federal government had closed. While other nations may complain that the shutdown undercut America’s position as a great power, we Americans must debate how best to preserve a vibrant market economy and responsive political democracy here in America despite the criticism of foreign governments.