Comments: What's Worse: Toxic Engagement Or Malign Neglect?

Nothing works like loaded dice or a stacked deck.

Posted by Mike Meyer at March 7, 2009 05:05 PM

A big problem with Clinton's widely-shared wanting to "kill people who try to hurt you" is it metastasizes - the more people you try to kill, the more people there are who want to hurt you.
Also of course you have to be pretty much a saint going in, or a nation of saints, to avoid the problem of people understandably wanting to hurt you because of something you've done, or are doing, that's caused them harm.
There's probably a medical term for the mental condition that always begins negotiations from a position of never doing anything wrong, and proceeds to react to the world and its claims from there. A condition that an awful lot of people seem to be suffering from these days.
Tangentially, doesn't it seem like these main events are being reported on by and to a really thin veneer of a shrinking minority with more immediate power than it can wield accurately? A minority that grows increasingly desperate.
The bank stuff pretty well knocked a lot of people out of the MSM news loop.
So that "gettin' them A-rabs" just isn't quite the auto-reflex it was a few years back.
The response cues are still coming out of that technicolor hole just as adamantly, just as one-sidedly, but a dwindling number buy the story.
It's not that hard to contrast graphic images of atrocity from Gaza with the celebrity Save Darfur fluff campaigning.
Riots in Sweden. The kids are upset. Connecting the dots.
And the Tamil, Sri Lanka, that's still happening.
Not that people aren't suffering and dying in Sudan. Not that al Bashir's a good guy.
Just why the emphasis.

Posted by roy belmont at March 8, 2009 02:45 AM

If the next attack--because surely one is coming--occurs on Obama's watch, he'll be impeached before the ashes have cooled...

Posted by woody at March 8, 2009 12:09 PM

roy belmont: The "medical condition" is called "Lying-to-YOURSELF" or as WE say in the amusement business "swallowing YOUR own bullshit".
woody: After the last 2 years of trying to get people to call Pelosi over impeachment, and after ALL the shit Georgie and Deadeye pulled and NOBODY lifted a hand to say no, I think I can safely say, "YOU'll NOT have Mike Meyer backing up ANY impeachment movement against Obama", no fucking matter what party or color he is.

Posted by Mike Meyer at March 8, 2009 01:53 PM

Could we have another option, please?

Posted by SteveB at March 8, 2009 03:45 PM

SteveB; Sometimes, SOMETIMES the month runs out and the rents due.

Posted by Mike Meyer at March 8, 2009 06:26 PM

I have a simple problem with the ICC; the only people whom it has thus far sought to prosecute have been official demons of the West. I presume that this is because, even though the US has sought to protect itself against the ICC, it is a very convenient force for the US and its allies to generate moral superiority. "See! Our enemies are charged in open court! Are we not virtuous?"

I am not sure that we should have an International Criminal Court before we have any kind of democratic international structure to oversee it.

Posted by MFB at March 9, 2009 02:30 AM