Earlier this week, National Review Online asked for predictions for 2013. Unwisely, I made some firm calls, one each on foreign policy, domestic policy, and popular culture:
In foreign affairs, Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, either covertly or overtly. The United States will sit on the sidelines.
Here at home, the Supreme Court will strike down California’s ban on gay marriage.
In pop culture, viewers will finally start to turn off reality shows — real reality is more real. “Call Me Maybe” will not be the song of summer 2013. Thank God.
I'll add a sports one. I didn't realize when I made my predictions that poor old Andy Reid (who was the coach of my Philadelphia Eagles) would be on his way to Kansas City. Placing hope over experience, I wish the Eagles would name Jon Gruden (aka "Chucky" from the movies) the new head coach. This would bring together my two favorite NFL franchises, the Eagles and the Raiders. But experience tells me that the Eagles will do something disappointing, like picking some obscure offensive coordinator or college coach rather than a head coach with Super Bowl experience.
Anyway, where do you think I'm wrong? What are the sure things for 2013 that we missed? What do you predict for 2013 in these categories? If you want to be especially daring, predict the unemployment rate, interest rates, the Dow Jones, or Obama's approval rating at the end of 2013.