4. Charles Krauthammer « The Washington Independent
At the start of his presidency, Barack Obama called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison. He will end his first year ordering a troop surge in Afghanistan. The president’s foreign policy was analyzed — and mostly criticized — by a chorus of neoconservatives who survived the discrediting that came under George W. Bush and retained their megaphones and media credibility. Krauthammer was the most influential of these neocons in 2009, the only one to whom the White House clearly responded, and the one who set the boundaries of conversation for like-minded hawks.