Morning Brief, Wednesday, December 13
Iraq and Middle East There’s so much to digest in this New York Times story about how Saudi Arabia will back Iraq’s Sunni in the event of a U.S. pullout that it’s hard to summarize adequately. Just read it. In this week’s List, FP rated the chance of a major troop increase in Iraq as ...
Iraq and Middle East
Iraq and Middle East
There’s so much to digest in this New York Times story about how Saudi Arabia will back Iraq’s Sunni in the event of a U.S. pullout that it’s hard to summarize adequately. Just read it.
In this week’s List, FP rated the chance of a major troop increase in Iraq as “zero.” But with new Pentagon leadership on the way, the U.S. military is requesting more troops across the board. Look closely at the numbers, however, and you’ll see that a major surge of combat forces in Iraq is just not feasible. President Bush is reportedly considering announcing more troops in January, but he won’t find more than 20,000 or so available.
Donald Rumsfeld admits: “I don’t think I would have called it a ‘war on terror’.” But he did so anyway.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson plays a weak hand in China despite landing with an entourage of heavy hitters.
Sadly, Japan’s hand-made kimono industry has collapsed.
Arab-Americans feel increasingly alienated and frightened in the United States, reports USA Today.
Bob Woodward is hiring a personal assistant for his new book.
The World Bank’s annual global economic prospects report, released on Wednesday, is a rare thing these days: a study glowing with optimism about the future for globalisation.
The report not only says that the global economy should do well in the next two years, but that globalisation between now and 2030 will proceed apace.
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