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March 14, 2005

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This is very good news. We are a long way from the final act in Lebanon, but this is great news suggesting that maybe things are going in the right direction.

but this is great news suggesting that maybe things are going in the right direction.

The idea of "the right direction" and the expectation that we're supposed to focus on the positive and downplay the negative, though, does make me feel as if we're a nation of cheerleaders in training.

A bit of "team spirit" left over from Bush's Yale days, perhaps?

"that maybe things are going in the right direction."

Along with Matt Y, I am not so certain as what the "right direction" is. Intending no defense of terrorists and thugs, a Hizbollah with the responsibility of governance and incentives to compromise and moderate might in the medium term lead to greater stability than a Hizbullah alienated and excluded. Ditto with Hamas, Baath and Sadr in Iraq, Muslim Brotherhood(?) in Egypt.

Not a program or recommendation, just something to think about.

"Constant reader Macallan"?

That's the best you can do?

Come on, I expect better. Some suggestions:

Evil Incarnate Macallan
Sucketh and Ruineth Mightily Macallan
He who shall remain nameless, but he eats kittens and steals old folks SS checks
Constant Painintheass Macallan

Work with me here…

Seriously Self-Deprecating Macallan
Potentially Masochistic Macallan
Once-in-a-blue-moon-stumbles-upon-a-good-point Macallan

any better? ;-pp

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks 'Constant Reader' is as much admonishment as an appellation. I swear I have other hobbies!

"Constant Reader" is an allusion to a book review column by Dorothy Parker which she wrote under that alias...and given that I adore Ms. P...from me at least it's a term of endearment.

"Constant Reader's best-known review was of A. A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner. Milne's whimsy had always nauseated her. When she came to the word hummy, her stomach revolted. 'And it is that word "hummy," my darlings,' she wrote, 'that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader Fwowed up.'"

I suppose it's better than Incontinent Reader…

"The idea of "the right direction" and the expectation that we're supposed to focus on the positive and downplay the negative, though, does make me feel as if we're a nation of cheerleaders in training."

I think these are two separate issues. I don't know if there is single right direction, but I don't have any trouble thinking that certain things are a right direction and others are a wrong direction.

As far as focusing on the positive and downplaying the negative, we should focus on the positive to make it better and more likely while focusing on the negative to make it less likely. Focusing on one to the exclusion of the other makes for bad policy. For me at least, the complaint is that the media tends to focus exclusively on the negative.

For me at least, the complaint is that the media tends to focus exclusively on the negative.

Reminds me of this excellent program Ted Koppel did on Nightlight once where he illustrated very convincingly that when folks insist the media is focusing on the negative in Iraq, they don't know the half of what could be being reported. Friend of mine currently covering the war in Iraq says there are definitely things to be happy about (fewer bombings, folks in Fallujah returning to their homes), but that the day-to-day reality is so much more Mad Max like than we really get a good picture of here.

Simply put, Macallan sucks and is ruining this site.

I feel better already.

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