This week’s winners and losers

Yikes. Last week I put Nepal in the winner column by accident.   Winners Nicolas Sarkozy: Piecemeal reform failed in France, which means go big or go home. That’s good for a reformer in the mold of Sarko, who will likely run for president. Lee Raymond: Talk about a sweet deal for the  former CEO of ...

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Yikes. Last week I put Nepal in the winner column by accident.  

Yikes. Last week I put Nepal in the winner column by accident.  

Winners

Nicolas Sarkozy: Piecemeal reform failed in France, which means go big or go home. That’s good for a reformer in the mold of Sarko, who will likely run for president.

Lee Raymond: Talk about a sweet deal for the  former CEO of ExxonMobil. Nearly $400 million, a $1 million consulting deal, two years of home security, personal security, a car, a driver, and use of a corporate jet for professional purposes. That’s big, even for Texas.

OPEC countries: High demand + low spare capacity + Iran/Nigeria uncertainly = high prices & delicious revenue.

Seymour Hersh: Whatver the shortcomings of his report may be, he single-handedly set the news agenda this week.

Iranian regime: They make moves, and get the benefit of volumes of Western reporting, debate and analysis on Iran policy. The West, meanwhile, has to take guesses as to what’s going on within the halls of power in Tehran. 

Losers

Pervez Musharraf: Karachi had to be shut down and patrolled by soldiers. This on top of a war in Baluchistan, fighting on the Afghan border, and revelations about Taliban activity on Pakistan territory.

Silvio Berlusconi: Literally. 

Donald Rumsfeld: He’ll probably keep his job. But the public pressure to fire him is growing.  

Idriss Deby: The Chadian president just barely held on to power as Sudan-backed rebels attacked his capital.

SUV owners: With gasoline prices up and little relief in sight, it’s time to trade ’em in.

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