Saturday, May 24, 2003
Perks ... bad neckties ...Lexington Greene at Chicagoboyz has a post on the question whether Bush is "personalizing" things by not talking to Schroeder.
...As to lost networking opportunities, that is not much of a price to pay. If someone has something they want to bring to the attention of the United States government, there are avenues by which to do that. A visit to Bush's ranch or a convivial lunch with Powell is not absolutely necessary. Such perks must be earned. Bush loses nothing by not talking to Fischer on the phone, and he sends a useful message to others...Bush is a manager. There is a story told about Alfred Sloan, who created General Motors. A clever scheme was presented. He said something like, "find out what Joe thinks of it." (Joe being a not-very-bright fellow.) Joe couldn't understand the plan, and Sloan said "This plan won't work, because it's people like Joe that actually have to put it into operation."
That's how managers (and military officers) think—they try to have clear and simple plans and statements that even the privates and corporals can grasp. Which is why they are looked down on by professors and journalists and clergymen.
I think things like snubbing Schroeder are bits of political theater that ordinary people, ordinary voters, can understand. This drives elitists crazy. Sometimes they say that Bush is a pathological liar. But when they give examples of the "lies," it's often some complicated issue rendered in a simplified way that simple folk can relate to.
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
DearbornPatrick Belton at OxBlog has written a long, fascinating post on Dearborn, Michigan:
LETTER FROM DEARBORN: For the last several days, I've been avoiding my OxBlogging duties off in the burgeoning Arab and Muslim capital of the United States, the southwestern Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan. I came here to do interviews for a series of articles I've been commissioned to write, which may turn into a book about Dearborn and what it tells us about the future of the Arab and Islamic communities in the U.S...
Sunday, May 18, 2003
"Don't believe what the media say..."I read this in Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus:
Dear Mr. Nordlinger: A couple of weeks ago, my son called here at home from somewhere near downtown Baghdad. It was in the middle of the night and I was a bit groggy. My boy is a 2LT and a Tank Commander in the 3-7 Cav. He told me, 'Pop, no matter what you hear or read in the media, remember this one thing: The Iraqi people are ecstatic to have us here.'And the other day I was listening to Rush Limbaugh, and a woman called and said she had just talked to her son, a Marine in Iraq. She said he told her, "Don't believe what the media say. The people here are all glad to see us. The children crowd around wherever we go. We had a flat tire in one little town, and some teenage boys insisted on changing it. We didn't have anything to give them, so I gave one of them my sunglasses..."
I keep encountering little stories like this. The Internet (and Talk Radio) allows truth to route around obstructions. Route around poisonous little journalists who would gag if they were forced to admit that the United States has done something noble and admirable...
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