Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Tide of Less Than Great News

Doesn't seem like it is going to be a quiet transition period. Not only do we have the financial crisis to deal with, but a growing list of problems and challenges.

Moscow started the show by announcing what it is prepared to do to counter a BMD system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Now what else do we have? Countdown to an Arab-Kurdish civil war in Kirkuk? More bombings in Baghdad? North Korea saying it is not going to let in international inspectors (while China is reportedly increasing the number of troops it has on its Korean border)? New attacks in Afghanistan (and the kidnapping of an Iranian diplomat from Peshawar)? The end of the Israel-Hamas/Gaza Strip truce?

Massimo Calabresi asks, But even if Obama's temperament can warm the diplomatic atmosphere, will it help resolve America's toughest issues abroad? Good question.

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