Letter from the Editor: Welcome November 2010

There's change, and then there's really big change, of the earth-shattering type. The November issue of Foreign Policy brings you meditations on both. In the coming weeks, U.S. President Barack Obama is likely to find his job that much harder, with the unwelcome change of a significantly more Republican Congress than the one he has dealt with so far -- and the inevitable consequences for how he steers America's course in the world. But there's also opportunity for Obama amid the politicking, which is why this issue features a presidential Plan B: 14 ways for him to seize the moment, by leading thinkers such as economics guru Nouriel Roubini, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, and climate-change prophet James Hansen. They came up with an array of creative ways for Obama to hit his own reset button, from a global-warming plan of attack that might be genuinely politically popular to specific proposals for avoiding another plunge into global recession. We also consulted historian Robert Dallek, whose bestselling chronicles of America's 20th-century leaders have made him an expert on the tyrannical power of a few misguided metaphors when it comes to presidents trying to make tough decisions about war and peace. His must-read essay, "The Tyranny of Metaphor," starts on page 78.


"Fat Bear" speaks

Kim Jong Il's casino and Disneyland-loving son Kim Jong Nam is back in the headlines after kinda, sorta opposing his family's succession plans in an interview with the Japanese media:

Speaking in Korean, he told Japan's TV Asahi, in an interview from Beijing aired late Monday and Tuesday, that he is "against third-generation succession," but added, "I think there were internal factors. If there were internal factors, (we) should abide by them."

"I have no regrets about it. I wasn't interested in it and I don't care," Kim said, when asked whether he is OK with the succession plan.

Kim said he hopes his brother will do his best to bring abundance to the lives of North Koreans and that he stands ready to help from abroad, according to a dubbed Japanese-language version of his remarks.

Kim Jong Nam was once considered the favorite to succeed his father but fell out of favor after he was caught trying to enter Japan with a fake Dominican passport bearing the name Pang Xiong, which means “Fat Bear” in Chinese.

There's also a middle son, Kim Jong Chul, who Dear Leader reportedly simply derides as "girlish."

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