Here's a question worth considering: Is this debate about the state of the world, or the Beltway view of the state of the world?

Four of the six topics are about the Middle East and Muslim extremism. Nothing on India, the Western Hemisphere, the Euro crisis. Nothing on Europe at all. And Mexico is gripped by a drug war that is spilling into the United States. Nothing on that, either.

For more on this, see our colleague Max Fisher's posting on the World Views blog.