Just all over the place tonight, lol. I finished my final paper for class and turned it in this afternoon. (A, btw.) Dispersed kids to all their various home ports and sat down this evening to read. I started out with a Washington Post article on the Iraq Study Group, which featured this little gem:
"Unfortunately, our deliberations have been degenerating lately into petty squabbling over picayune issues of tactics, and I'm afraid I show that I have lost my patience a little bit here," wrote former CIA analyst Ray Close in an e-mail about the experts' deliberations. "Some of our most obstinate neocon diehards are still trying to fashion a strategy that is no more than an ersatz version of 'stay the course until victory.' They have been wasting our time, in my view."Hmmmmm, sounds like our non-partisan group might be just a weeeee bit catty? Wandered around some more links to the London Review of Books where I found another article, somewhat more long-winded, of a review of Francis Fukuyama's book "After the Neocons: America at the Crossroads". LRB | Stephen Holmes : Neo-Con Futurology
An even more fundamental argument against fighting terrorism by promoting democracy, however, is that no one in the US government has any idea how to promote democracy. Fukuyama accuses the neo-cons of chatting offhandedly about democratisation while failing to study or even leaf through the ‘huge academic and practitioner-based literature on democratic transitions’. Their lack of serious attention to the subject had an astonishing justification: ‘There was a tendency among promoters of the war to believe that democracy was a default condition to which societies would revert once liberated from dictators.’ Democracy obviously has many social, economic, cultural and psychological preconditions, but those who thought America had a mission to democratise Iraq gave no thought to them, much less to helping create them. For their delicate task of social engineering, the only instrument they thought to bring along was a wrecking ball.Ouch. More of the "bash the neocons" meme that is so prevalent in the last month or so. So.....after bookmarking a couple more reviews I want to read later, I wandered over to the classifieds on the LRB site. And found the absolute BEST personals page I have ever read!!! Where else might you find an ad like this one:
Young, charming, thoughtful, attractive, sporty, zesty, intelligent. None of these are me, but if you’d like to spend an afternoon or more considering alternative adjectives to be applied to 53-year old cantankerous dipshit, write now to box no 2202or this one, from a laundry-challenged male:
A friend once bought me a pair of novelty underpants that had a caption on the front reading ‘In case of fire break glass’. I didn’t understand what it meant until they did actually catch fire in the tumble dryer because they were acrylic and I had the setting on too high. The door melted shut and sure enough I had to break the glass to put the fire out. Replacement dryers are very expensive. As such I would like to meet a nice woman who won’t set fire to my underpants. Stupid, stupid man, 51. Box no. 2206Hmmmmm, I think I need to write to this guy. We definitely share at least one interest:
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Maltester! Be the sweetie worth ploughing my way through love’s harshest Revel’s bag for. Man, 36. Box no. 2201This ad, on the other hand, left me completely mystified, although I can completely sympathize with her possible mental problems...Any guesses as to the translation? Or is she just bashing the neocons, too?
I trew there's charm in a wee pickle gear, /And wha wadna strive at the gaining o't? It mak's a puir body baith canty and fier, /If honesty's had the obtaining o't.. You know what I’m saying. Woman, 43. Possibly mad. Livingstone. Box no. 2204Of course, watching Charlie Rangel do his best John Kerry imitation is always good for a little entertainment!!!