War in Vietnam
The bigger the story the longer it takes to reach the front pages of major newspapers and TV screens. That maxim is probably nowhere more evident in recent times than in the example of the War in Vietnam.
In October of 1966, the Vietnam War had already been raging for nearly 11 years. Thousands of troops were still fighting, and in their midst a courageous photographer risked and ultimately lost his life documenting the horrors of one of the longest wars in U.S. history.
For those left at home, there is little that conveys the horrors of war as thoroughly as photographs such as Burrows'. In
South Pacific, based on a collection of stories by James Michener, is a multifaceted piece. The plot is the thing in this play, although it is loaded with the requisite number of hit tunes.
The American general Stanley McChrystal's news that America risks losing Afghanistan is a bombshell. Washington has spent some $250 billion there since 2001.
President-elect Obama appointed old hands to his top economic posts, explaining Wednesday that "the vision for change" comes from him. That's a way to deal with a central problem of transitions.