The FP 100 is Out



Foreign Policy just released its roster of the Top 100 Global Thinkers (and Doers): Warren Buffett and Bill Gates * Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Robert Zoellick * Barack Obama * Zhou Xiaochuan * Ben Bernanke * Celso Amorim * Ahmet Davutoglu * David Petraeus * Robert Gates * Angela Merkel * Michael Bloomberg and Feisal Abdul Rauf * Nouriel Roubini * Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton * Steven Chu * George Soros * Liu Xiaobo * Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs…

If Harry Potter Didn’t Do it For you . . (Do Not Watch This If Easily Rattled)



One friend of mine told me that this was the best film he had seen all year. I think it’s kind of on the edge of what anyone should be spending time watching — but I couldn’t help thinking that this was some kind of allegory about the Dems, the Republicans, and those pesky Tea Party crows. And how did they get these critters to do all of this in sync with the music? — Steve Clemons

Thanksgiving Sorrow from Afghanistan



This morning I received this Department of Defense announcement about a young man, William J. Donnelly IV, killed on active duty on Thanksgiving Day in Helmand Province. Politics and views on this war aside, condolences to his family and friends. DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st Lt. William J. Donnelly IV, 27, of Picayune, Miss., died Nov. 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand…

Obama Mash-up: Don’t Touch My Junk



On a more serious front, read Dana Milbank’s logic knock on the heads of a few leading allegedly fiscally conservative Republicans who have been pining for the level of security that Israel applies at its airports. Milbank stings them with the hard dollar reality that what they want would cost more than $40 billion a year: “What the Israelis do – and I’ve flown on El Al about a dozen times to Israel – what they do is the way…

Everyone Pushing New Boundaries on Obama



Since the Republican red tide swept across America on November 2nd, President Obama has been threatened by Republicans who want to roll back key provisions of his health care reform, are threatening to derail the START Treaty, and want to pull the plug on as much Obama-crafted policy as possible. On the international front, the Germans, Chinese and Japanese are resisting America’s proposals on economic rebalancing — i.e., they buy more and we spend less; the South Koreans play hard…

Israeli Prime Ministers Love Sport of Controlling US Presidents



A bit of a historical reminder above, and thanks to Andrew Sullivan for surfacing this. Israeli political leaders too often want to brag that they control the US President — and that what they demand, they get. In this case, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Ohlmert bragged on video that he shamed then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and forced her via an uninformed President George W. Bush to abstain on her own UN Security Council resolution. The trend continues…