Richard Holbrooke can be a son of a bitch in all of the right ways -- a real fighter and a brilliant policy intellectual and practitioner -- and I'm hoping that he is fighting as hard as he can not to leave us.
The WikiLeaks reveal a singular feature of how the U.S. sees itself. It is the extraordinary sense of entitlement. An entitlement endowed by 9/11. It hallows all those other characteristic American traits with a robe of righteousness.
There is only one enduring solution to the WikiLeaks problem and it is perhaps the goal of WikiLeaks, though this is sometimes hard to discern. Governments must close the divide between what they say, and what they do.
The WikiLeaks episode is not a disaster for America from a public diplomacy or "behind closed-doors" diplomacy perspective -- so long as diplomats are not silenced by a State Department overly concerned about future leaks.
As the senior leader of one Chinese state-owned enterprise said to me, "I used to think [Obama] was nice. Then I realized he was intelligent. Now I know he's shrewd, just like Hu Jintao. Your leader is a strategist."