Sometimes, just when you least expect it, symbolism steps right up and coldcocks you. So how about this headline for - in the spirit of our last president - ushering America's withdrawal from Iraq right over the nearest symbolic cliff: "U.S. empties biggest Iraq base, takes Saddam's toilet." They're talking about Victory Base, formerly - again in the spirit of thoroughly malevolent symbolism - Camp Victory, the enormous American military base that sits at the edge of Baghdad International Airport and that we were never going to leave.
Inequality has become so extreme that even the foreign policy elite is worried.
The invasion of Somalia has spillover effects in Kenya.
The CIA's drone war in Pakistan is setting precedents that will one day come back to haunt America.
The question is not whether Israel will attack Iran -- it already has.
Another round of flooding in Pakistan offers the United States an opportunity to build goodwill in a strained relationship.
The nuclear intelligence that the media is fixated on consists mostly of allegations of abstract research that have been floating around for years.
How to pay for the crisis while making the country more equitable, green, and secure.
Multinational mining interests are using trade and investment treaties to turn profits and undermine democracy.
The problem here is "governance failure." Or maybe we should just call it "decadence." The United States may at this point be so weakened by rot and ideology that it is unable even to act in its own interests, let alone the interests of its people, let alone the interests of humanity as a whole.