Winners & Losers

Winners  Human intel: Nabbed the most wanted man in Iraq. Germany: May not get a huge economic bump from the Cup, but at least they won their first match. Maliki: Sure, his cabinet is complete and Zarqawi is gone. But will he take the opportunity and run with it? Diplomacy: Iran is given “weeks, not months” to ...

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Winners

 Human intel: Nabbed the most wanted man in Iraq.

Germany: May not get a huge economic bump from the Cup, but at least they won their first match.

Winners

 Human intel: Nabbed the most wanted man in Iraq.

Germany: May not get a huge economic bump from the Cup, but at least they won their first match.

Maliki: Sure, his cabinet is complete and Zarqawi is gone. But will he take the opportunity and run with it?

Diplomacy: Iran is given “weeks, not months” to consider the incentives offered. Still better than the drum beat of war.

Losers

Zarqawi: Whether he was a master terrorist or a marginalized wanna-be, this is his last appearance on the Winners & Losers.

Journalistic restraint: Was the text bubble really necessary?

Civility at the UN: Apparently, one shouldn’t cross John Bolton.

China’s environment: Government white paper says pollution could cost the country 10 percent of its GDP.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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