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10 worst predictions

Posted by Christopher Shea  December 21, 2009 04:32 PM

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Always a fun list: Foreign Policy offers its choices for the 10 worst predictions of 2009. But is it me, or do many of this year's picks seem small-bore, even nit-picky, compared to previous years: Ben Bernanke and Gordon Brown would resign. Obama would not give General McChrystal the troops he wanted for Afghanistan. (McChrystal asked for 40,000. It looks as though he will get 30,000, plus another few thousand from U.S. allies.)

So far, John Bolton is wrong that Israel would likely strike Iran over its nuclear program in 2009.

091216_bolton.jpgJohn Bolton, off-the-mark prognosticator

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