I listened to the Daily Show interview with Howard Wasdin about the seal team 6 operation that killed Bin Laden, and thought that Wasdin’s summary of what Obama got right was spot on.
Wasdin described himself as a republican (which is a funny way to display objectivity) but was clear in complimenting Obama on making three correct decisions:
- Not telling Pakistan about the operation
- Burying Bin Laden at sea
- Not releasing the pictures
I’m sure this was planned thoroughly ahead of time, but these are still very difficult decisions, and I have to say that I’m proud of our president in a way that I haven’t been in a while. Often, with politicians, their every move reeks of political calculation: what will play well in the short term media cycle. Perhaps I’m naive, but these three decisions do not appear to me to be political calculations, and that is a damn good thing.
I have to say that I’m not sure I would have the balls to make either of these three decisions. Hats off, Mr. President.
I saw the Daily Show interview with Donald Rumsfeld from last week (part 1, part 2). Part 2 starts with a discussion of a “parade of horribles” that Rumsfeld presented to the administration in the process leading up to the invasion of Iraq. It was a list of things that could happen, such as not finding weapons of mass destruction, having to spend 6-8 years in Iraq, etc.
What is the purpose of such a list? For example when deciding on whether to get a dog, making such a list is an effective way to talk yourself out of it. There are a lot of positives, but there are also a lot of costs (likely and possible) to owning a dog. It’s easy to get excited about the thought of a cute little puppy, but it is in the long-term best interest of everyone involved (including the puppy) that every major aspect of having a puppy is thoroughly considered.
This is where his famous line of about “known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns” comes in. While this gives a perception of deliberation, sitting back and watching Rumsfeld during the interview, I got the sense that the “parade of horribles” was never taken seriously. As we known now, most of the items on that list have come true. So Rumsfeld was at least on some level aware of the risks. Why were these risks not presented to the American people? Why were WE not part of this deliberation? Lastly, why did the Bush administration rain on Rumsfeld’s parade?
Citizen Radio is a podcast that brings together common sense ideas (with a strong left bias) with an edgy comedy that you’ll either love or hate.
Personally, I love it.
Their podcast feels like a good bar conversation, which is why I think it will grow and grow in popularity (among the type of people that love the Daily Show).
They are not as informative or well-versed on the issues as the likes of Thom Hartmann, but they more than make up for it by a constant call to activism, social interaction, and non-stop R-rated hilarity.
The cool image in this blog is from Luke Radl who is just another example of the kind of creative and brilliant minds that are fans of the show. I feel like the thing I like more than the show itself is the community they built. Despite the “rebel” nature of the image, Citizen Radio and its fans are pretty chill and reasonable people.