Cross Country: Why the Candidates Should Move Beyond Iraq

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation:

In the Christian Science Monitor, Clinton Whitehurst argues that the 2008 presidential candidates need to be asked foreign-policy questions that aren't about the Middle East, such as: "How should the United States (1) Maintain a balance of power in East Asia, (2) Respond if China tests a second anti-satellite weapon, (3) Respond to a Chinese military action against Taiwan?"

The Chicago Tribune argues that it is "impossible to view the serious violence that erupted across the Middle East on Wednesday -- and the portents for even greater trouble in the region -- without tracing the significant and rising influence of Iran." The editors add: "Now imagine a Tehran with nuclear weapons."

In the Boston Globe, Peter Lucas explains why President Bush received such a sunny reception when he visited Albania last Sunday. The "outpouring of love was not so much for Bush -- although he is popular in the tiny Balkan nation -- but for the country he represents." He adds that unlike the "jaded residents of the rest of old Europe, the Albanian people, who are new to democracy, believe that the United States is a great democracy that believes in spreading freedom and democracy around the world."

The San Francisco Chronicle, noting that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has for years "sold Washington on the threat that without him Pakistan would descend into an Iran-style Islamic theocracy," argues that "it may be time to call his bluff." The editors write that "Washington should shoulder him hard in the direction of democracy and civil law. Such a change won't happen overnight, but Musharraf's weakened position is a chance that can't be missed."

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Air America co-founder Jon Sinton blames the failure of the Senate's immigration reform bill partly on the "lynch-mob mentality stirred up by [conservative] talk radio." Sinton notes that representatives in Washington claim to have "received the most hateful and racist correspondence from constituents they can ever recall."

The San Jose Mercury News argues that the public "is fed up" with the high salaries of U.S. CEOs, and highlight a recent survey showing that more "than 80 percent of Americans think CEOs are overpaid."

The Salt Lake Tribune, noting that "women have a far greater risk of dying from heart disease" than anything else, argues that our lack of knowledge about the disease in women is "inexcusable." The editors write that the "alarming truth is that doctors know far too little about heart disease in women. Researchers for decades have focused primarily on diagnosis, prevention and treatment for white, middle-aged men."

By Rob Anderson |  June 14, 2007; 10:58 AM ET
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