Daily Archives: January 10, 2011

When Gabrielle Giffords’ father was asked if his daughter had any enemies, he replied bluntly – “Yeah. The whole Tea Party.” His comments raised the central political question about the Arizona shootings. Is it fair to link the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords – and the killing of six bystanders – to the current political climate in America? Or was this just a random act of violence from which no wider moral should be drawn?

By Daniel Dombey, US Diplomatic Correspondent

Robert Gates, the US’s mild mannered secretary of defence, isn’t exactly an in-your-face kind of guy. So why did he begin his trip to Beijing, long awaited and sought for by Washington, by emphasising how the US will be spending billions of dollars on weapons that could be used against China? The answer, probably, is because he could.