Taliban attacks Kabul. Dexter Filkins, NYT.
Interesting that "Monday's gun battle was notable for the absence of
American soldiers: a small group of commandos from New Zealand were the
only Western soldiers on the scene."
Wake-up call for Obama. Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post. A liberal perspective on what went wrong. I agree with Kuttner that "Deferring
to the House and Senate was fine up to a point, but this was an issue
where the president needed to lead as only presidents can--in order to
frame the debate and define the stakes." The rest of Kuttner's argument is more debatable, but interesting.
Moscow's stray dogs. Susanne Sternthal, FT