Andrew Bacevich looks at the strain being placed on the U.S. military by President Bush. This leads Bacevich to argue that "no commander in chief in American history has cared less about the overall health of America's Armed Forces."
Thomas Friedman has written an excellent article on how oil wealth allows governments that are so inclined to restrict the freedoms of their citizens and flout the demands of the international community to reform their oppressive ways.
As far as Charles Krauthammer is concerned, Iran's latest escapade just demonstrates the impotence of the European Union and the United Nations when it comes to maintaining any semblance of international order.
Max Boot point outs that when it comes to military matters, the U.S. more or less has to go it alone because our allies spend so little on defense. You'll encounter some eye-opening figures in this column.
Once you've read Boot's piece, then look at this article by Alex Massie. There you'll find out why Tony Blair is reducing the number of British troops in Iraq.
Roger Stern argues in the International Herald Tribune that Iran is running short of oil. Oil, that is, not oil reserves. Failure to maintain a proper level of investment, according to Stern, is undermining Iran's oil industry.
The implication for U.S. foreign policy is that Iran might actually be developing nuclear power in order to generate energy, contrary to what many have argued, thinking that an oil-rich country wouldn't build a nuclear reactor for any reason but to develop nuclear weapons. So maybe Iran really needs nuclear-generated energy. But, of course, that possibility doesn't preclude the further possibility that Iran genuinely intends to build nuclear weapons.
Stern's column is based on a lengthier article that you can download here for free.
A couple of months ago Lind published the most interesting article on the future of U.S. foreign policy that I've read in the past year or so. I've been meaning to link to it, but I just haven't gotten around to doing so until now. "The world after Bush" (as the article is called) appeared in the November 2006 issue of the U.K. Prospect.