Monday, September 22, 2008

Ready on Day One Will Be Too Late

When it rains it pours. It seems clear that a growing number of problems are not going to "wait" while the U.S. leisurely sorts out its political system. A year ago, the next president was supposed to be "ready on day one" to cope with Iraq. Now add to that list the financial and credit crisis that is crippling the U.S. economy, growing problems in Afghanistan, a deteriorating relationship with Pakistan, confrontation with Russia, the Atlantic Alliance under strain, key agreements with India, Colombia and Korea on hold (unless Congress acts). And Al-Qaeda is again on the move, given the recent attacks in Yemen and Pakistan.

Transition planning and coordination with the outgoing Administration is going to be critical. Based on past American political precedents, however, the signs aren't encouraging. I hope that both candidates are prepared to move ...

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