President Obama’s senior intelligence adviser says that the world financial crisis has surpassed terrorism as the country’s “primary near-term security concern,” pointing to unrest in countries around the world as commerce stumbles. It was an unusual briefing by the new Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who was briefing Congress on the U.S. intelligence community’s annual threat assessment, which in the past has usually focused heavily on issues like Iranian nuclear weapons and progress in the global effort against terrorist groups. “Time is probably our greatest threat,” Blair said. “The longer it takes for the recovery to begin, the greater the likelihood of serious damage to U.S. strategic interests.”
I wanted to write my essay on economics this weekend but I may have something that is a higher priority get in the way.