The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Week in Review

This week, we published parts one and two of the “Beyond Blue” series.

In America, segregation is at an historic low. Claremont McKenna College in California was caught repeatedly lying about its students SAT scores. In New York, the average price for private school tuition is approaching $40,000 each year. Camilla Williams passed away.

Two Canadian teens sent a lego man to the outer reaches of our atmosphere. India is shifting its defense focus from Pakistan to China. Mafia-style politics rules in northern India. And the Energy Information Administration now predicts global carbon levels to be 6 percent lower than they were in 2005.

In the Middle East, Hamas is on the move and, maybe, on the rise. But Palestinians still lack real leadership. In Afghanistan, captured Taliban acknowledge Pakistan’s support and predict mass defections to their cause following the departure of international forces — 2013, according to Leon Panetta. Regarding Iran, Panetta said “If we have to do it, we will do it.” US forces might be headed back to Iraq.

The war for Syria continues, as does the somewhat quieter war of words over the Falkland Islands. The NYT continued its bashing of Mitt Romney. Pakistan’s Supreme Court will charge the prime minister with contempt of court. Gendercideespecially in India, is a serious issue.

Meanwhile, Angela Merkel has promised to help her colleague Nicolas Sarkozy campaign for reelection this spring.  Via Meadia expects the French electorate will be thrilled to have a German chancellor telling them how to vote.

Published on February 5, 2012 2:25 pm
  • gs

    1. Meanwhile, Angela Merkel has promised to help her colleague Nicolas Sarkozy campaign for reelection this spring. Via Meadia expects the French electorate will be thrilled to have a German chancellor telling them how to vote.

    Hey, Angie, be sure to pose in a tank. That will get you even more…attention…than it did for Mike Dukakis.

    2. Although I couldn’t resist submitting the smart-alecky remark above, I have reservations about a week-in-review feature at Via Meadia. What attracts me to this blog is that it puts the new cycle in a longer-term perspective. I’d hate to see that spirit diluted. Just one reader’s opinion.