Hillary Clinton, Madame X & Rajiv Shah Release QDDR



I will be writing more soon about the just released Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, the first ever — but wanted to post this video of the event and the transcript of an exchange that I had with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Two things quickly.

Pakistan’s Highest Civilian Award Conferred on Richard Holbrooke



Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has conferred the Hilal-e-Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan), the nation’s highest civilian award on Richard Holbrooke for his service to Pakistan and contributions to US-Pakistan relations. Other American recipients of the Hilal-e-Pakistan are Richard Nixon, Joe Biden, and John Kerry.

Holbrooke Not a Bulldozer and Had Six Relationships with Karzai



There are two themes that seem to find themselves in much of the emerging commentary on the life and impact of Richard Holbrooke. The first is that he was a “bulldozer” and the second that “well, he had a bad relationship with Karzai so couldn’t do much with him.

Jimmy Carter: America is Ready for a Gay President



Jimmy Carter says in the Big Think video above that America is ready for a female President, a black President, and yes — a gay President also (though we may have already had one in James Buchanan). Thanks to President Carter for continuing to open doors that are the right ones to open.