For those of you worried that independence for Montenegro would set off a chain reaction of ornery separatism, may I present the US and EU's major-league neg of a copycat referendum for the infamous Republika Srpska. Kosovo, of course, is well on its way to full breakaway status -- but here Montenegrin independence serves as a cherry on top, not a catalyst, of an unfinished ordeal over a decade in the making.
Now if only someone could bring an orderly Balkanization to Somalia. or Sudan. Or Iraq. Or...
I nominate Indian novelist Arundhati Roy. She has all the requirements: impoverished upbringing (or so the story goes) in
There have been many, but one deserves special mention. In the Taipei Times, written by Doug Bandow who was forced to resign from the Cato Institute for being paid to write opinion columns by Jack Abramoff. It's nice to see Bandow has obtained political asylum in Taiwan.
If you want to make your own judgment on the book, check it out: Showdown: Why China Wants War with the United States.
For the ability to create a non-stop ineffectual flap: Larry Summers, with a close second going to Joycelyn Elder. To transform the organization: Paul Tagliabue.
Yassir Arafat? Mickey Mouse? Ok, the UN is a fictional force for peace. At this rate, we'll be nominating every fictional character, even Lindsay Graham. Why not Tony Soprano? He'd at least hold UN employees accountable for job performance.
Ok, our "name the Sec Gen" effort is well under way. But before we say goodbye to ol' Kof, he's got another shot to take at us: he's written an op-ed in the WSJ on immigration that's taken from John McCain's talking points on the Senate bill. Anyone who is lacking reasons to defeat the Senate sludge should think: when was the last time Kofi endorsed something that was good for America?
Early leaders: Ray Nagin and Eliot Spitzer. Keep 'em coming folks. And don't forget our pals from abroad. I'm thinking about Al-Jazeera's spokesman: Jihad Ballout. (No, I'm not making that name up. My imagination ain't that good.)