Paul Wolfowitz's appointment might be a very good thing for the World Bank, but for a reason exactly the opposite to the one his supporters believe. The deputy Defense secretary's champions are certain that he will take over the bank and give it a thorough overhaul.
It was a speech written for the ages, and it will live in history as a powerful affirmation of American ideas and ideals. George W. Bush's second Inaugural Address was the culmination, in style and substance, of a position he has been veering toward ever since September 11, 2001: that the purpose of American foreign policy must be the expansion of liberty.
Last Wednesday, Mahmoud Madaen was killed while walking home with his son after his evening prayers in the town of Salman Pak, south of Baghdad. In a Web posting, the group that claimed responsibility made clear that it had murdered Madaen because he was the local representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani (the most respected Shia leader in Iraq).
In poor countries, natural disasters are not earth-shattering news. It's not that people there don't value life deeply. But they have accustomed themselves to tragedy, and to facing tragedy with limited media attention, cash-strapped governments, few local charities and almost no insurance.
I arrived in London the day after Hamid Karzai's inauguration as Afghanistan's newly elected president. Britain's most serious left-of-center newspaper, The Guardian, reported on the event in detail, noting that after decades of war, coups and bloodshed, this was a historic day.
You have never heard of Paul Rusesabagina. But if you watch the stunning new movie "Hotel Rwanda," you will never forget him. The movie tells the true story of Rusesabagina, an "ordinary" Rwandan, a hotel manager, who was able to shelter and save more than 1,200 people--Tutsis and Hutus--in the midst of the Rwandan genocide.
The key to President Bush's victory might lie in a simple historical fact. No American president has lost an election in the midst of a war. Two of them, Truman and Johnson, decided not to run as the country was slogging through Korea and Vietnam, after tens of thousands of American casualties.But no incumbent president who has put himself up for re-election during a war has lost.
The Bush campaign believes it has found one soft spot in John Kerry's debate performance. In the days after the contest, the president has relentlessly hit one theme: that Kerry is a wimpy multilateralist. "I've been to a lot of summits," Bush said derisively at a rally in Pennsylvania last Friday. "I've never seen a meeting that would depose a tyrant, or bring a terrorist to justice...
John Kerry isn't being entirely honest about his views on Iraq. But neither is President George W. Bush. "Knowing what we know now," Bush asked, "would [Kerry] have supported going into Iraq?" The real answer is, of course, "no." But that's just as true for Bush as for Kerry.