Monday’s Big Idea
Today's Big Idea: Near Failed Statism
The Middle East right now is powder keg, and not just because of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. If you look at the demographics in a country like Egypt, you see a young population with high unemployment. If a solution is not found for that problem, argues Senator John Kerry, the stability of Egypt will grow incredibly fragile. The winds of war are blowing, Kerry says.
So how can the U.S. play a leadership role and quell these conflicts? Kerry, who is on the short list of candidates to lead either the Department of State or Defense, says the U.S. must be united at home -- and pass a budget -- or else lose its leverage with countries like China and Russia on the foreign stage.