The commander of American and Allied forces in Afghanistan began two days of testimonies before congress today. General David Petraeus called the gains fragile and reversible, but he said the US had stopped the Taliban momentum.
We all awoke this morning to the news that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Yemen -- a trip kept secret until after she had arrived because of the serious security issues involved with having America's top diplomat go to a nation where al-Qaida affiliated terrorists are known to oper
Many members of Congress are reassessing their security at public events after this weekend's shootings in Arizona. The violent incident killed six people, including a federal judge, and injured many more, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
This news:"China's state media have published pictures that appear to show a prototype of the country's first stealth fighter jet -- a move that supports experts' claims that China's military aviation program is advancing faster than expected."
In trying to make some sense out of the news from Pakistan about the crisis in the government's ruling coalition, here are a couple important lines:-- "The shift in the political landscape is not expected to lead to a collapse of the fragile government."
Foreign Policy magazine reminds us this morning that there are nearly three dozen conflicts raging around the globe right now.And then it focuses on these 16 hotspots as "brewing conflicts to watch for in 2011":-- Ivory Coast, where (as we noted earlier) there are warning o