After reading Massimo Calabresi's cover story on Hillary Clinton, I have come to a conclusion [Head of State, Nov. 7]. To heck with the Republican candidates' silly platforms and empty rhetoric, and to heck with Barack Obama, with his great speeches and do-nothing presidency. Hillary is intelligent, has vision and actually seems to know what she is doing. She should be our next President.
Peyton Higgison, BRUNSWICK, MAINE, U.S.
Libya a success? Let's wait and see who takes over.
Doris Rivera, VICTORVILLE, CALIF., U.S.
China's Big Spenders
Re "A Great Leap Forward" [Nov. 7]: We should be encouraging China's thrifty workers to adopt sustainable lifestyles that might benefit the less privileged rather than encouraging the elite to buy more stuff. While I realize consumption has short-term benefits to economies, it is not a long-term solution or something that should be praised. Surely it is this consumerist attitude that has gotten us into these difficult financial times. How can we expect it to get us out?
Matthew Griffiths, CAPE TOWN
A Model of Reform
The transformation of India's Bihar state is a testament that people in third-world societies truly value change and development [Breaking Free, Nov. 7]. Nitish Kumar should be used as a yardstick for future leaders in Bihar and beyond. Plus, the one-year time limit for corruption trials is brilliant!
Sola Agbaje, LAGOS, NIGERIA
Banking on Argentina
Time and time again, we are reminded about the lack of thought, reason or logic behind so many U.S. domestic policies (like gun control) [How To Buy a Tiger, Nov. 7]. Little did the rest of the civilized world know that it was possible to privately own endangered species at one's own desire. Just as surprising is the lack of urgency even after the culling of an endangered species and the risk to the community. So as the so-called leaders of the free world debate the issue with an overwhelmingly obvious answer, those of us in the rest of the civilized world continue to watch, shaking our heads.
Tim Cooper, MELBOURNE
All Eyes on the Euro
In "Why Care about the Euro," Rana Foroohar states that "the end of the European dream of integration would be the end of the free world as we've known it" a little overdramatic [Nov. 7]. In reality the existence of the euro is a threat to European cohesion and development and, to some extent, the rest of the world. This whole sorry and expensive episode should be a lesson to the arrogant, detached leadership that currently rules much of Europe.
Martin Spooner, WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND
American financial experts want thrifty Germany to take the lead and bail out the euro zone's spendthrifts in the interest of the global economy in general, and the U.S. economy in particular. Europeans must have their interests at heart and do what is best for them. The U.S. has to find its own way out of its self-created dilemma. A good beginning would be to stop meddling in other countries' affairs.
Margit Alm, ELTHAM, AUSTRALIA
Banking on Argentina
Please note that Argentina's growth and robust economy are absolutely not to the credit of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner [Briefing, Nov. 7]. For that, we have to thank the hard work of Argentine farmers and high food prices around the globe.
Maria Pia Scuderi, OELDE, GERMANY
Deluge in Bangkok
Your photo of a flooded Bangkok conveys the city's difficult situation and the toughness of its citizens [LightBox, Nov. 7]. I pray that the people can go back to their normal lives soon.
Miki Shimizu, CHIGASAKI, JAPAN
'TIME should have pressed Rice on why she ignored Richard Clarke's pre-9/11 warning of an impending attack.'
Robert Rosenberg, BRIGHTON, MICH., U.S., on 10 Questions for Condoleezza Rice, Nov. 7