Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, has declared that "you don't ever want a crisis to go to waste." As reported here yesterday, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has been busy lately promoting the idea that Obama should move quickly once in the White House to turn various economic and political crises into opportunities to create a "new world order." (The words are Kissinger's.)
Addressing the Saban Forum on December 5, President George W. Bush stated: "It is true, as I've said many times, that Saddam Hussein was not connected to the 9/11 attacks."
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, India, on December 3, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Pakistan must act "fully and transparently" in efforts to bring the terrorists responsible for the deaths of at least 188 people in Mumbai — India's financial capital — to justice.
The one aspect of the Obama campaign that was arguably laudable and comparatively better than the McCain campaign was Obama's skepticism of the Iraq War and his demands that the United States leave Iraq. However, when Barack Obama announced on December 1 that he would keep Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in place and appoint fellow Iraq hawk Senator Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Obama ended any rational hope that the United States would pursue a more non-interventionist foreign policy.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a senior adviser to President-elect Barack Obama on matters of national security and foreign policy, was the featured speaker at Chatham House in London on November 17, 2008. The title of his lecture was "Major Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next US President." Although Chatham House events are known to attract "the great and the good" of England's political, financial, and academic elites — as well as many of its top media representatives — there has been virtually no word as to what Brzezinski had to say in any of the world's press.