But the devil is really in the details of today's headlines:
- Bailout Lacks Oversight Despite Billions Pledged Watchdog Panel Is Empty; Report Is Unfinished.
- Triple whammy hits US carmakers: the world's number one car manufacturer is moving ever closer to bankruptcy.
- Iraqi soldier frags U.S. troops in Baghdad, killing two and wounding six.
- In Baghdad alone, 58 people have been killed by bombs this week, police say. U.S. military officials dispute the casualty figures and say the attacks don't mean insurgents are staging a comeback.
- Baghdad - Hungary, Bulgaria and South Korea will each withdraw their troops from Iraq by the end of 2008.
- The war President-elect Barack Obama is inheriting in Afghanistan includes an insurgency that's stronger than ever.
- With U.S. deaths at an all-time high in Afghanistan and attacks against Westerners on the rise, Gen. David Petraeus arrives in Kabul.
- US aid worker and 19 others killed, dozens wounded in attack on U.S. convoy in Afghan market.
- PESHAWAR: Gunmen shot and killed an American aid worker and his driver in one of Peshawar’s high security zones.
- Pakistan says US missile strikes violate international law
- US air strike wiped out Afghan wedding party, inquiry finds
- Poll: More than two thirds of people in Britain believe that UK troops should leave Afghanistan within a year.
Personally, I'm all set for disappointment. I've always argued for impeachment; failing that, for undoing all that Bush has done, sort of a reset button on the 21st century. That's the improbable scenario, isn't it? From this perspective, the election of Barack Obama has never been the solution for me, but a grand, satisfying and enjoyable consolation.