10
Nov
08

Grossest Political Graphic

newsweek-american-brainI hope Michael Hirsh had nothing to do with the graphic produced for his “Brains Are Back!” piece in Newsweek. Visually, brains are just gross and this metaphore for American intelligence is no exception. Basically, eewwww.

The article was great, however, and here a few excerpts:

What Obama’s election means, above all, is that brains are back. Sense and pragmatism and the idea of considering-all-the-options are back. Studying one’s enemies and thinking through strategic problems are back. Cultural understanding is back. Yahooism and jingoism and junk science about global warming and shabby legal reasoning about torture are out. The national culture of flag-pin shallowness that guided our foreign policy is gone with the wind.

But, frankly, these are all risks worth taking after nearly eight years of a president who could barely form a coherent sentence, much less a strategic thought. We can finally go back to respecting logic and reason and studiousness under a president who doesn’t seem to care much about what is “left,” “right” or ideologically pure. Or what he thinks God is saying to him. A guy who keeps religion in its proper place—in the pew.

I couldn’t have said it better.

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3 Responses to “Grossest Political Graphic”


  1. 1 Raul
    November 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I’ll wait a bit before concluding Obama is a pragmatist, but it ought to be easy to top Bush’s cultural sensitivity. Characterizing US foreign policy as “flag-pin shallowness”, “yahooism” and “jingoism” seems a bit exagerated too. Serious cientific doubts have arisen over the global warming scare, but those questioning the “science” behind the drive to end use of fossil fuels are dismissed without much consideration. Mr. Hirsh writes like a critical lefty who expects everyone to agree Bush “could barely form a coherent sentence, much less a strategic thought”, but the critical left also tells us he presided over a vast conspiracy of oligopolic corporate multinationalists with dark aims.

    I don’t think its wise to negotiate with Ahmanidjehad, Chavez or Osama, that these characters should be approached with caution and that someone with Obama’s experience ought to be careful in easily dismissing any concerns. Not everyone is full of good will.

  2. November 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    raul – i agree that hirsh writes from the critical left, a demographic to which i belong. i wouldn’t agree that the critical left believes in this “conspiracy of oligopolic corporate multinationalists with dark aims.” certainly, bush has strengthened the corporatocracy of america, in which businesses have no accountability and prey on consumers. lobbyists have far too much power and looks like paulson is feeding the beast with these massive tax breaks given to banks perhaps illegally under the bailout package.

    furthermore, obama would absolutely approach chavez, ahmadinejad and bin ladin with caution and would certainly not dismiss concerns regarding them. to believe obama, who has tread carefully in most aspects of his life, would not is to seriously misunderstand him and misunderstand his words.

  3. 3 Raul
    November 10, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I hope caution counsels Obama as he approaches tyrants demonstrably opposed to US interests, presumably Biden can help, but in all the hoopla over his victory I think the more lunatic fringe will push too hard for something radically different. As far as I’m concerned “zero tolerance” for terrorism is a good policy -even if Bush endorsed it.


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