Cracking piece in the Economist reflecting on the US ten years on from 9/11.

Americans are eager to cut their losses after a wretched decade and turn from nation-building abroad to nation-building at home. This instinct to move on is an admirable reflex that has jerked America out of the doldrums many times before. But moving on should not mean turning inward or dropping its guard. The whole world will be the poorer if an exhausted America concludes that it can never again intervene to rescue helpless civilians from a murderous dictator—even if, as in Libya, the superpower sometimes “leads from behind”.

Also, a great piece on what will happen in the next US presidential elections. Perry, anyone?