President Obama moved Thursday to end the squawking among reporters and members of Congress about a wider shakeup of his AfPak team. In doing so, he was choosing between the lesser of undesirable outcomes for a president who disdains unnecessary drama.
During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama vowed to roll back Bush-era abuses and restore the proper balance between security and freedom. A few days after being sworn in, he elated progressives by banning torture, beginning the process of closing Guantánamo, and putting military commissions on ice.
Now in his second stint as foreign minister under Silvio Berlusconi, Franco Frattini is easily Italy's most serious politician. From his suite in Rome, Frattini chatted with NEWSWEEK's Daniel Klaidman and Barbie Nadeau about Italy's willingness to use soldiers in Afghanistan and his government's renewed commitment to resettle Guantánamo detainees as a gesture of "solidarity" with the United States.
Magnanimous in victory, Barack Obama invoked the words of our greatest healing president. Under a clear night sky in Chicago's Grant Park on Nov. 4, Obama quoted Abraham Lincoln's first Inaugural Address: "We are not enemies, but friends … Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection." Then, in a vernacular perhaps more fitting to our times, he echoed the sentiment. "And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn—I may not have won your vote, but I...