Saturday, July 14, 2007

Greater breadth of focus needed

The United States in its the series of ill fated decisions during the overreaction to 9-11bogged the US down in the chaotic nest of hostilities now called Iraq. This weakens its ability to function with the necessary authority vis a vis important competitors such as Russia and China.

American voters should be calling for and looking for leaders who can bring the US to lead and engage the world with a broader grasp of the complexities and multiple fronts that define contemporary international relations.

Russia's decision here is very serious.
Russia suspends participation in key arms pact

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia suspended its participation in a key pact limiting military forces in Europe on Saturday, fulfilling a threat after months of verbal sparring with the West.

The suspension comes amid worsening relations with Europe and Washington on a range of fronts, including U.S. plans for a missile shield in eastern Europe, proposed independence for Serbia's Kosovo province and Moscow's energy policies.

"Russian threats have materialized and I don't exclude that more steps could follow," said Yevgeny Volk, the head of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation think-tank.

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