It is a natural instinct to review one’s own situation when a friend or neighbor is hit by a crisis.
So the risk of a nuclear disaster in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami prompted the United States to look inward. The upshot is that President Barack Obama is committed to nuclear power, and “it remains a part of the president’s overall energy plan,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
The administration is not going to switch gears on nuclear policy while a crisis unfolds, so that type of statement is to be expected while it assesses the situation.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko saw a “very low probability” of any harmful radiation levels reaching the United States from Japan.
On the other side of the world, Saudi Arabia grew alarmed by anti-government protests in neighboring Bahrain and decided to offer some kingdom-to-kingdom support by sending 1,000 troops to militarily enforce peace.