If you don’t live in Washington, New York or another big city, you may think: "Even if the terrorists do strike again on American soil, my hometown and my family probably aren’t in danger." Think again.
It occurred to me while watching the Olympic swimming events on TV that, just as the world turns, old things have a way of coming around to dawn as new again.
The bullying and wholly disproportionate Russian response against Georgia seems aimed as much at the United States and Western Europe as protecting the rights of ethnic Russians in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. And Moscow is clearly counting on the Baltic republics and Ukraine to pay attention to the fate of Georgia.
When a country undergoes fast and unexpected change or feels under threat, its people are subject to commit outrages. By now the list of offenses and crimes committed against immigrants that violate our own moral codes in the Unites States are worthy of a human-rights investigation.
The Beijing Olympics beginning this week will signal many good and several bad things about China.
After years of battling to install a flawed system for dealing with terrorist detainees, the Bush administration finally got its first trial by military commission, a proceeding not seen since the aftermath of World War II.
I began a conversation with David Briggs in last week’s column, about Americans and our staggeringly high and steadily increasing consumer debt (find it at betsysblog.com). We Americans are awash in it.
This week — it’s what to do about it.
If you were advising a friend who was unfit and lacking energy, would you tell him to diet or exercise? You’d probably suggest he do both.