Lots going on in the world. None of it on page one. That is reserved for racist octogenarians, Kardashian weddings, terrible five terrorists for one deserter deals, bloated or dying (your pick) government scandals (pick any: Obamacare, VA wait lists, fraud, etc.), and the stock market's continued rise. All time highs! Buy now! Anything going on that would be worth a read and review? Sure.
In late April, the Treasury made an announcement warning about the student loan crisis. The average student loan load of $30,000 would not be bad in a growing economy full of jobs and if the loans were used for school, but we know better. That the US Treasury is ringing the bell about this means that they are seeing worsening internal numbers and this is years into a supposed recovery.
Interesting theory proposed that the US chose war in Libya over Gadaffy's abdication. Left unsaid is the weird issue of needing to kill off these tin pot dictators now compared to the old days when the dictator would be allowed to leave the country and finish off life in exile. The exile option was a nice one, so why did the leaders of the international order do away with it? Is the need to kill off the oppressive figurehead or administrator so great that we must allow it? Does that conviction, imprisonment and execution allow for a cathartic group experience that helps with moving people along to a new phase in their nation?
Isolating Russia is not going well. Austria signed a Russian gas deal. Russia and China signed the $400 billion gigantic megadeal that has been in the works for years. Russia is diversifying their consumer base, so where does this leave Europe? Might want to rethink things Merkel. Why does the Russia-China deal matter? It has Japan eyeing the Russkis for energy, and the Saudis keep sending guys for meet and greets in China. This is also after Putin said "us" in reference to China and Russia securing their gold and currency reserves. Say it with me and Vlad, "multipolar world".
Assad was re-elected in Syria with 88.7% of the vote. No link because less than a year after ABSOLUTELY HAVING TO GO NOW, the press doesn't want you to think about him.
Yes the poz runs deep in even our military, and yes, the promotion track is carefully PC cultivated. Still, when under 25% of cadets stand for the president at their graduation, their commander-in-chief, that is a horrible sign. I had to find video, so that's why the link is to a conservative US-F-Yeah-A site. Powerline does a compare and contrast between Obama and W, and that was in 2008 with massive Bush fatigue everywhere. Obama followed the SOFA in Iraq, did a small surge in Afghanistan, and has used our Air Force for entanglements. Maybe it is thede signaling, considering the demographics of our officer corps. Maybe there is something else at play. Either way, it's not a good sign.