Washington is filled with all kinds of people on-the-make as well as on-the-take -- including a category of self-serving oh-so-full-of-themselves 'do-gooders'. One of the new boys on the block in this later category is Steve Clemons, chief operating honcho over at what is known as the New American Foundation. On the whole New America is composed of 'realist', flag-waving, Republican internationalists, with a sprinkling of like-minded Democrats, all aspiring to power when the Neocon/Evengelicals depart. They are a kind of new centrist block in Washington -- too reasonable to be Bush/Cheney/Neocons, too compromised and power hungry to be trusted or looked up to by the rest of us. With things coming apart in the Middle East and Hamas taking power in the occupied territories of the once Holy Land, New America is now beating the dead fronting for the oh-so-discredited Westernized PLO VIPs and even setting a date out of the blue for the mythical 'final status talks' to begin. With such self-professed friends the Palestinians can be sure even worse is ahead for them, and probably for all of us.