From Down Under to the North Pole

Commentary circles the globe today. An editorial and an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal see a connection between "big spending center-left" political parties in the United Kingdom, Australia and, of course, just maybe, the United States, losing their grip on power by "supercharging government spending in the name of Keynesian spending" and higher taxes.

The Journal also features the old argument by SAIS professor Fouad Ajami that things would have turned out a lot better had President George H.W. Bush taken out Saddam Hussein the first time around. He doesn't say whether the "mistake" of leaving Saddam in power justified Ajami's support for the 2003 invasion, but he does speculate that had America finished the job in the Gulf War, perhaps 9/11 and the rise of Osama bin Laden would have never happened.

Afghan national security adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta writes in the Washington Post that the Taliban and al-Qaeda only understand "force and determination," and all the talk of reconciliation reflects the international community's "miscalculation and naivity," and only confuses the Afghan people.

In the New York Times, Canadian professor Thomas Homer-Dixon, reporting from an icebreaker in the Arctic, says that climate change is certainly coming, and governments worldwide are unlikely to pass green legislation until it's too late. What is needed, he writes, is for universities, think tanks and nonprofits to come up with plans to manage to coming environmental disaster.