Morning Brief, Friday, January 5

Brent Stirton/Getty Images Washington Speaking of personnel changes, the Bush administration is ready to make a bunch of ’em, starting with counterinsurgency guru Lt. Gen. David Petraeus as the new top commander in Iraq. If any outsider can save Iraq at this point, he’s probably the guy, despite his relatively junior seniority. Other shifts: Zalmay ...

605081_petraeus9.jpg
605081_petraeus9.jpg

Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Washington

Speaking of personnel changes, the Bush administration is ready to make a bunch of 'em, starting with counterinsurgency guru Lt. Gen. David Petraeus as the new top commander in Iraq. If any outsider can save Iraq at this point, he's probably the guy, despite his relatively junior seniority.



Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Washington

Speaking of personnel changes, the Bush administration is ready to make a bunch of ’em, starting with counterinsurgency guru Lt. Gen. David Petraeus as the new top commander in Iraq. If any outsider can save Iraq at this point, he’s probably the guy, despite his relatively junior seniority.

Other shifts:

Jubilant,” nay, “Joyful” Democrats took control of Congress yesterday. New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s first priority? Ethics reform, because, as she once said, “it takes a woman to clean house.”

Iraq and Middle East

Libya’s latest brilliant PR move: a statue of Saddam Hussein at his hanging. Maybe it’s because, as Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak said yesterday, Saddam has become a martyr in the region.

As expected, al Qaeda’s #2 called for a jihad against the Ethiopian “crusader invader forces” in Somalia. Meanwhile, chaos reigns in that Mogadishu and beyond.

Rival Palestinian factions are burying the hatchet yet again. This time, they promise, it’ll be different.

Europe 

The new archbishop of Warsaw, Poland, was a communist informant in the 70s. 

President Bush assented to German PM Angela Merkel’s call for a new drive for Middle East peace. Also, no back rubs this time.

The European Commission is calling for an “industrial revolution” for green energy. 

Asia

Is North Korea going to test another nuclear device?

China to Iran: “respond seriously” to the U.N. Security Council. 

Elsewhere

The new director of the World Health Organization says her top priority is to make Africans and women healthier.

Pakistan wants Afghan refugees to go back home.

More from Foreign Policy

A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.
A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

Lessons for the Next War

Twelve experts weigh in on how to prevent, deter, and—if necessary—fight the next conflict.

An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It’s High Time to Prepare for Russia’s Collapse

Not planning for the possibility of disintegration betrays a dangerous lack of imagination.

An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.
An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.

Turkey Is Sending Cold War-Era Cluster Bombs to Ukraine

The artillery-fired cluster munitions could be lethal to Russian troops—and Ukrainian civilians.

A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol  January 8, 2009 in Washington.
A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2009 in Washington.

Congrats, You’re a Member of Congress. Now Listen Up.

Some brief foreign-policy advice for the newest members of the U.S. legislature.