Still-dangerous world awaits President Obama
Pakistan moved more troops to its border with India last week, and tensions heightened between those two countries. Pakistan later sought to relieve those tensions, saying it did not want war with India and that it would work to weed out terrorists within its borders, but Indian officials were not convinced that would actually occur.
Israel renewed air attacks on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, killing more than 200 people and bringing pledges of still more rocket attacks on Israel in retaliation from Hamas.
There were more car bombings in Iraq, while suicide bombers and battles with Taliban forces in Afghanistan are continuing the violence in that country.
Iran and North Korea apparently remain committed to obtaining nuclear weapons, no matter how many times they feign otherwise, and Iran in particular remains belligerent toward the United States and the West.
As President-elect Barack Obama vacationed in Hawaii with his family over the holidays and prepared for his inauguration next month, world events made it clear he would have no more honeymoon when it comes to foreign affairs than he will with the economy.
Those are not the sorts of Christmas presents anybody should wish on their president, regardless of political affiliation.