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08 December 2009

Tuesday Morning Bustello

If being a friar doesn't work out, I'm going to send my resume to the Washington Nationals.  It appears as if they need assistance.

I'm not a big fan of bad news.  This appears to be bad news.  Actually, that's an incredible understatement; I don't wish to be seen as making light of the current situation in Afghanistan.  But, if you've read Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam, you're probably grimacing right now. 

In December of 2008, Frank Rich of the NYT wrote this, using what, in my opinion, was the sharpest anecdote in TB&TB:


Post-Iraq, we’re unlikely to rush into a new Vietnam. But we ignore the past’s lessons at our peril. In his 20th-anniversary reflections, Halberstam wrote that his favorite passage in his book was the one where Johnson, after his first Kennedy cabinet meeting, raved to his mentor, the speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn, about all the president’s brilliant men. “You may be right, and they may be every bit as intelligent as you say,” Rayburn responded, “but I’d feel a whole lot better about them if just one of them had run for sheriff once.”

1 comment:

Julie said...

2024?! Bloody hell.