Of course, there are many intelligent people in the world. I picked this list from people who are most visible to the general public. 

Ron Paul - Probably the smartest, nicest, most likable person to make it to any level of government -- but those qualities are also his downfall, in a pool of sharks and schiesters.

Dennis Kucinich - If you can take the mind of Kucinich and put it in the body of Mitt Romney, we'de have the next American President. His physical stature is too easy a target for the spinsters to use against him. (Sad)

Richard Dawkins - Scientist/Atheist/talk-show and college campus circuit guru Richard Dawkins is perfect for giving Americans a dose of reality. (Is this possible anymore?)

Amy Goodman - Smart, dedicated, intuitive; Goodman would keep mainstream media in line, fair, and balanced (gulp)

George Soros - Even his $9 billion fortune could not bring down the Bush administration, put given a position of power...


Runners-up:
Bill Maher - His ego would get in the way of any pure decisions.
Stephen Colbert - Colbert smart, bus is an entertainer, not a policy maker.
Jon Stewart - Musch like Colbert, Stewart is an entertainer, but would have better chances at being succesful in politics.

Disagreements? Additions?

 
 

Asia Times -- At a cost of US$89 million to the American taxpayers, the US Senate, with no hesitation, passed a bill that was attached by Republican Senator Joe Kyle, to the federal defense budget to deploy another sophisticated long-range radar system to Israel.

What was the rush that the US military amid the country's financial and economic crisis had to speed up the deployment of a most powerful and therefore expensive system, called AN/TPY-2 forward-based X-band, a year earlier than it was scheduled previously? The X-band system, deployed to Israel on September 26, was originally scheduled for delivery in 2009 for joint training exercises, according to the US European Command mission (EUCOM).

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GNN -- Finally, after years of hold-up in Taiwan’s legislature, followed by months of mysterious silence from the American side, a new arms deal for Taiwan has been announced. Taiwan will get about half of what it hoped for from the U.S., and a lot less than the previous, pro-independence administration in Taiwan had wanted.

Critics fear it is already too little, too late, arguing that the ‘balance of power’ across the Taiwan Strait has irreversibly shifted in favor of China. Others point out how difficult it has been historically to invade a country amphibiously.

The office of Taiwan’s new president, Ma Ying-jeou, praised the deal, saying it proved U.S.-Taiwan relations were improving after years of discord between Washington and the former DPP administration.

Ma has been making several diplomatic concessions to China since taking office in May. China has ignored them all, likely because it can, while the ousted DPP bemoans Ma’s strategy as a foolish playing of all his cards. Many believe Ma is actually working for Beijing rather than for his electorate. Ma will now use the arms deal to paint them as paranoid.