In the sunshine of the Croatian capital, my thoughts are drawn to the US Presidential race.
As the dust begins to settle on John McCain's choice of running mate, it is beginning to look an even more high risk bet than it initially appeared.
Mrs. Palin may be a full fledged member of the human race- teenage pregnancy and all- but her terrifying lack of experience and education makes Sen. McCain look frankly reckless.
All of the old fears about his maverick personality seem set to be concentrated on this extraordinary choice of running mate. Frankly it simply looks like tokenism of a very high order- but to make such a choice without having completed a full due dilligence is foolhardy in the extreme.
Sarah Palin may be the making or the breaking of the McCain Presidential bid- but if I was a Republican I would certainly be feeling very nervous.
If I was an American I would now regard Sen McCain as frankly too reckless to take the Oval office.