North America 12 March 2012 US Press: pick of the papers The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers. Print HTML 1. What Greece means (New York Times) Greece -- like other European nations forced to impose austerity in a depressed economy -- seems doomed to many more years of suffering, writes Paul Krugman. 2. How to sink Iran's regime? Sanctions, not bombs (Washington Post) The worst option in terms of regime change would probably be a unilateral Israeli military strike, writes David Ignatius. 3. The reproduction of privilege (New York Times) Politically, the lack of access to a four-year college education is a crucial problem for one of the key battleground constituencies of 2012: whites without college degrees, says Thomas Edsall. 4. Greece's credit non-event (Wall Street Journal) Greek's default is only one chapter of a much larger economic and political tragedy, but at this stage any good news is welcome, says this editorial. 5. Obama's politicized energy policy (Wall Street Journal) (£) The Obama administration does have a national energy policy - it's just a subservient by-product of his radical environmental policy, writes Bobby Jindal. 6. Tough poses in a political theater (Boston Globe) (£) Last week's annual meeting of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee was just theater... Progress in foreign affairs is less a stylized performance for an exclusive audience and more often improv wrapped in Greek tragedy, says Juliette Kayyem. 7. Obama vs. Israel (Chicago Tribune) The new open-ended negotiations with Iran fit well with this strategy of tying Israel down, writes Charles Krauthammer. 8. Candidate media-bashing popular, but a losing tactic (USA Today) Yes, the media are easy, sometimes deserving targets, and huffy outbursts against journalists during debates usually bring cheers from the crowd and could help fundraising. But as a strategy, it's misguided, writes Peter Funt. 9. Drop talk of war on Iran; let diplomacy, sanctions work (St. Louis Today) There may some day be a case for intervention in Iran. Sooner than that there may be a case for intervention in Syria. But as a last resort, not the first one, says this editorial. 10. Defining the Occupy Movement: It's not just about the money (Oregonian) Our lives are not just about the paycheck. Happiness depends on a balance between meaning and money. A real people's movement that aims for true solidarity, felt individually and collectively, can and should make room for both, writes Rich Cohen. › Chart of the day: gay marriage From only £1 a week Subscribe More Related articles Margaret Atwood on how an inspired polymath resurrected Native America’s epics The last British Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer will be released When should you start caring about the US presidential election?