Patrick J. Buchanan says the welfare-happy nations of Europe may soon see their fears materialize as a financial tsunami. Catalyzed by Greece’s imminent debt default, it could trigger a collapse of the European Union and bring about a global depression. Germany is the only nation believed capable of saving the EU, but with a dwindling and aging population, can it?

Obama finally made good on one of his promises it seems. Fixing healthcare? Nope. Ending the wars? Nope. Closing the revolving door between corporations and government? Nope. He made good on his promise to start assassinating American citizens without due process, as it has been reported that cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen believed to be influencial within al-Qaeda, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike. Kelly Vlahos says that today is a dark day for the constitution, and the precedent set in this event is a chilling one.

Tom Engelhardt says that these kinds of drone operations are going to become the dominant tool in U.S. military operations. As we enter into the 21st-century, we have seen the rise of open-ended global warfare, Wilsonian nation-building efforts, and “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Engelhardt takes a deeper look into the legalisms and political maneuvering that has defined contemporary American warfare.