Katrina vanden Heuvel in The Washington Post on the misplaced anger at leakers Nation editor vanden Heuvel calls it bizarre that Congress would criticize the administration's leakers, not the administration itself, after news broke that President Obama personally selects targets for drone strikes. "The only people aided by these revelations are the American people who have an overriding right and need to know," she writes. "The problem isn't the leaks, it's the policy. It's the assertion of a presidential prerogative that the administration can target for death people it decides are terrorists — even American citizens -- anywhere in the world, at any time, on secret evidence with no review."
Joe Nocera in The New York Times on Europe's bad crisis management Nocera highlights a moment in the HBO film Too Big to Fail when future-IMF chief Christine Lagarde chastises the U.S. Treasury Secretary for letting Lehman Brothers fail and hurting not just America but Europe. "Oh, the irony!" Nocera writes. He says the U.S. eventually did the right thing by positioning themselves as a lender of last resort. Years later, Europe has no such actor, and a looming crisis could prove catastrophic not just for Europe but for America. "Don't be too surprised if President Obama calls Angela Merkel someday soon and asks: 'How could you let the euro fail? What on earth were you thinking?'"