Was This Really the Decade from Hell?
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If the 1900's were "America's Century," the first ten years of the 21st Century may belong to somebody else. Or will a decade of disasters pave the way to recovery in economics, politics, foreign affairs, and national security? We sample some authoritative opinions. Also, ties between Yemen and al Qaeda frustrate President Obama's plans for closing Guantánamo.
Yemen-al Qaeda Ties Complicate Obama's Guantanamo Plans ()
The near disaster of Christmas Day has added another complication to the Obama Administration's plan to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay. It has to do with a large number of prisoners who would be repatriated to Yemen, according to David Savage of the Los Angeles Times.
A Look Back at the First Decade of the 21st Century ()
Remember the Y2K computer meltdown? It was predicted for the change of the millennium exactly ten years ago tonight. It never happened. Instead, the US has been rocked by a decade of unexpected calamities. Time magazine calls the last ten years "the decade from Hell," based on a historic series of unexpected calamities from September 11, 2001 to the Great Recession. The image of the United States has been badly tarnished in the minds of people around the world, and in the opinion of many Americans themselves. But despite political scandals, natural disasters, military failures and the loss of millions of jobs, 80% say they're happy enough about their personal lives. Will they respond to President Obama's call of a year ago to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and start over again?
- Frank Newport: Editor in Chief, Gallup Poll, @galluppoll
- Larry Sabato: Director of the Center for Politics, University of Virginia, @larrysabato
- Felix Salmon: Finance blogger, Reuters, @felixsalmon
- Robin Wright: Senior Fellow, US Institute of Peace, @wrightr
- Brian Jenkins: Independent security and terrorism expert
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