A UN Perspective on the Gates-Panetta-Petraeus Shift

Presumably, after serving several years in various top positions in Washington, Leon Panetta  understands how the imbalance between defense and civilian national resources undermines American long term security interests. But I do wonder if he'll be as forceful an advocate for the cause as Robert Gates.

India on the Security Council? Not Likely

An announcement by President Obama that the United States would support India's ascension to a permanent seat on the Security Council is less about the future of the  Security Council and more about firming up India as a reliable American ally.