General David Petraeus
Director of the CIA and former commander of the International Security Assistance Force
My recommendation is Mohammed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor whose suicide by self-immolation touched off the events in that country that led to the Arab Spring. I would also suggest the populations of the Arab Spring countries, with special mention to Steve Jobs and social-networking pioneers whose products were instrumental to those movements.
Best-selling author, host of The Martha Steart Show and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
I would like to suggest Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as 2011's Person of the Year...