As is my annual tradition, I’m releasing my inner Nostradamus and coming up with a few predictions for the coming year…
Iran will announce that they have completed work on a nuclear weapon and will conduct nuclear tests, showing once again how the intelligence community got it wrong.
However, Ahmadinejad will face great political backlash as the Iranian economy begins to collapse.
Iran and the US will enter a state of de facto war as Iranian naval vessels blockade the Straights of Hormuz and more Iranian fighters stream into Iraq.
President Bush will announce significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, as the situation in Iraq grows even more dire. His attempt to “surge” troops into Baghdad will be too little, too late, and not long enough to make a difference.
The al-Maliki government will collapse when SCIRI and the Sadrists both walk out.
The biggest success in the War on Terror will be when Ethopian troops take down the Islamist government in Somalia in a decisive victory.
As a consequence of the above, the US will begin training Kurdish peshmerga to fight al-Qaeda as US troops withdraw.
Apple will release a cell phone that runs a stripped-down version of Mac OS X, creating the hottest gadget since the iPod.
President Bush’s approval ratings will stay low, but not lower than they are now. (Which granted, isn’t saying much at this point.)
The Democratic Congress will push through a substantial tax raise, and the Bush Administration will capitulate. The stock markets will plunge in response.
Hizballah will continue their reign of terror in Lebanon, as Syrian forces take control of the country once again.
More critics of Vladimir Putin will find themselves dead.
Socialist Ségolène Royal will defeat Nicolas Sarkozy in the French elections.
Barack Obama will continue to flirt with running for the Presidency throughout 2007, just to keep Hillary guessing.
John McCain will emerge as the front-runner in the 2008 GOP race while Rudy continues to keep everyone guessing as to what his intentions really are.