Jimmy Carter Is At It Again

No one has been more assiduous in courting the world's dictators than Jimmy Carter. So it should come as no surprise that he's back at trying to curry favor with perhaps his favorite despotism. In today's New York Times Carter announces that the Hermit Kingdom is really, truly ready to try and come to terms with the United States.

Carter, fresh from having extricated a hapless American from the clutches of the regime, writes:

Seeking Perfect Security in Yemen

U.S. officials are reportedly divided over a proposed large new military aid package for Yemen.  The aid would provide Yemen with $1.2 billion in military equipment and training over the next six years, a significant increase over what it gets now.  U.S. Central Command proposed the package, and former CENTCOM chief General David Petraeus has been its most enthusiastic supporter.  The proponents argue it is necessary to put out the fire represented by an al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen.

Today's Highly Educated Terrorists

“The Idea Lab” page in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine had an interesting article titled “Engineering Terror: Why are so many extremists from a single profession?” by David Berreby. It explained, much to the chagrin of the former president of the National Academy of Engineering, that “in the ranks of captured and confessed terrorists, engineers and engineering students are significantly overrepresented.”