I’ve been both slammed at work and incredibly negligent about this blog, so in an effort to get myself back in the swing of posting, I’m starting a new feature here at Marque’s Letters — On The Marque. In it, I’ll highlight the two or three articles or posts that I found most insightful on the day, along with some brief comments thereon. Hope you find the selections as interesting as I do. And for the first installment:
- One of the more underreported nominations of the Obama Administration has been Charles “Chas” Freeman’s appointment to head the National Intelligence Council. Since the position doesn’t get approved by the Senate, you’re not likely to hear much more about it, either — and as such, it’s a politics-free window on Obama’s foreign policy soul. This guy will be picking and choosing what he wants the President to know. Sadly, Freeman’s discretion seems a bit off. He thinks China didn’t crack down on the Tiananmen Square protesters quickly and violently enough. He thinks the country needs to be more introspective about its own role in the 9/11 attacks. And he thinks the Israel is the cause of most Islamic terror. Angry yet? I’ll let National Review’s editorial board finish the job in its precise and powerful way.
- When I saw articles in histrionic tones today at the AJC, the Washington Post, and several liberal blogs, all about a misunderstanding between Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh that was dead and over two days ago, I knew there must be a liberal echo-chamber campaign afoot. The Politico confirmed it (and Drudge amplified it), saying that the effort to attack Limbaugh and tie him to Republican officeholders comes straight out of the White House. I expressed my thoughts on the matter in a comment to one of my favorite college football blogs earlier today, but then I read Jonah Goldberg’s piece on the topic and realized he said it much better than I. If the Bush Administration had tried to circulate a preferred attack on its liberal opponents, is this how the media would have responded? To Time’s credit (I can’t believe I’m writing this), Michael Scherer tells us they have no patience for it.
- I don’t know about you, but our country (and our world’s) present predicament has sent me to my deep thinking place more than once. How can we have gotten here? What fundamental failing(s) are at work that could cause society to be in such dire straits? Matt Continetti must have gone to the same place, and he comes back with a lot more answers than I did — some of which are pretty scary, all of which are brutally honest.