All My Little Words

A Clash of Civilisations

Posted in Uncategorized by nickchristian on September 14, 2009

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/09/dissent-of-the-day-3.html#more

From Sullivan:

“The protestors keep saying that they want their country back. Sorry, my fellow small-governmenters, but this country is a democracy, and you didn’t lose your country, you just lost an election. You had your chance for eight years. You blew it, and you lost.”

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Why, Hillary?

Posted in Uncategorized by nickchristian on January 20, 2009

I’ve been wondering, since Obama named her his Secretary of State, less why he offered it to her and more why Hillary Clinton accepted. As a Senator representing one of the most populous states in the nation she was position to be a powerful national voice with a job, ostensibly, for life.

Sully offers a very reassuring answer:

‘…my sense is that she would not have taken the job if she were not convinced that she has a chance to go down in history as an architect of a breakthrough Middle East peace agreement.’

Of course this doesn’t mean it will happen but it does, at least, suggest that Obama is serious about tackling the subject. There is no doubt that Hillary is an intelligent individual, savvy as they come (although her campaign management might suggest otherwise) but also determined to secure for herself a legacy on a par with her husband’s. She could not claim the crown but this would surely be the next best thing. Let’s just hope she knows her history.

Pancetta?

Posted in Uncategorized by nickchristian on January 7, 2009

So Clinton’s former Chief of Staff Leon Panetta is Bam’s pick for CIA Director, and certain Dems aren’t too pleased.  Apparently the strike against him is his lack of direct intelligence experience but as far as I’m concerned the best case to be made for him is that he hasn’t been involved with the US intelligence community, the house of a thousand fuck-ups, for any one of the past eight years. Not to mention this reassuring quote that appeared in The Washington Times last year:  “We cannot and we must not use torture under any circumstances. We are better than that.”

While I have argued, and will continue to do so, that when it comes to policy not enough attention is paid to nuance, that nothing is ever black and white, torture is one exception to that rule.

Meanwhile Sullivan tells Feinstein et al on the Senate’s Intelligence Oversight to stop being brats and take Panetta’s appointment as a wake-up call to start doing their bloody jobs properly.  And the intelligent right makes a good case for his confirmation as well.

Hello, Good Evening and Welcome

Posted in Uncategorized by nickchristian on November 30, 2008

..to the latest online incarnation of my self-indulgent self. I’ve been looking for an externally imposing outlet for my expressive genius* for some time now but, in the absence of such a vehicle, have found myself returning, as I inevitably would, to the freeform of the blog. Immediate responsibility for the “why here” and “why now” must be ascribed to Andrew Sullivan’s piece in the current issue of Atlantic as well as to my good friend Beth, who is as delightful in person as she is in writing.

I have resisted the route of self-publishing for a while now; partly out of a recognition of my own inability to produce words with any disciplined regularity and partly out of a belief that the blog form is so very different to the journalistic one.

So what’s changed? Firstly I find myself in a more disciplined “place in my life right now”. At least, I think I do. Right now I’m working in a job that I want to keep; I’m sure that helps. Another factor is that I have found myself jotting down my thoughts as well as article ideas and fragments in numerous notebooks for a while now, so why not type them up as well? Lastly I have come to the conclusion that the blog-form and the journalistic need not exist entirely exclusively of one another. I intend to publish here not just my inane mental meanderings and links to online oddities, but also to any pieces of work that might one day become fully gestated articles.

If all goes to plan I will update at least once a day and hopefully more frequently. Time will tell I suppose.

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