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Sunday Talking Head Thread

heronandblackbird.jpgHere’s the Sunday Talking Head line-up.  Some interesting potential here and there — take a peek and you’ll see what I mean.  (Some via AP/AZDailyStar.)

ABC’s “This Week” — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

CNN’s “Late Edition” — Chertoff; House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.; Lanny Davis, former Clinton special counsel; Ben Ginsberg, former counsel to the Republican National Committee; former national-security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

“Fox News Sunday” — Chertoff; Michael Gallagher, conservative talk radio host; Mark Green of Air America Radio.

Sen. Leahy ought to be an excellent interview.  Just based on his appearance at the habeas and rule of law restoration — and his level of snarky retorts about the state of the rule of law at the moment — that is one discussion that could get fun.  Then again, it’s Meet Tim Russert, so I’m not exactly getting my hopes up.  It’s early yet.

Also, the Zbig versus Kissinger discussion on CNN could get amusing.  Last time those two were matched up on a foreign policy discussion, I got the distinct impression that Dr. Brzezenski wanted to laugh out loud at some of the things coming our of Dr. Kissinger’s mouth.  And, frankly, I can’t say I blame him. 

Michael Chertoff, the Bush Administration’s head of Homeland Security is book on a number of shows to talk about, I’m certain, the at least two bombs that the British diffused.  If an interviewer wanted to ask a question worth asking, how about this one:  what ever happened to the nothing to fear but fear itself attitude?  Because, frankly, the all fear alla time attitude of te Bush Administration wore thin a helluva long time ago with me.

I’ll take this Kung Fu Monkey take on the world any day (H/T to egregious for the reminder on this): 

Maybe it’s just, I cast my eyes back on the last century…

FDR: Oh, I’m sorry, was wiping out our entire Pacific fleet supposed to intimidate us? We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and right now we’re coming to kick your ass with brand new destroyers riveted by waitresses. How’s that going to feel?CHURCHILL: Yeah, you keep bombing us. We’ll be in the pub, flipping you off. I’m slapping Rolls-Royce engines into untested flying coffins to knock you out of the skies, and then I’m sending angry Welshmen to burn your country from the Rhine to the Polish border.

US. NOW: BE AFRAID!! Oh God, the Brown Bad people could strike any moment! They could strike … NOW!! AHHHH. Okay, how about .. NOW!! AAGAGAHAHAHHAG! Quick, do whatever we tell you, and believe whatever we tell you, or YOU WILL BE KILLED BY BROWN PEOPLE!! PUT DOWN THAT SIPPY CUP!!

… and I’m just a little tired of being on the wrong side of that historical arc.

This is it, folks. This is the world, from now on. Even assuming the War on Terror is a not just a bad metaphor and there is an actual measurable winning point*, the short 4GW struggles last fifty years or so. We’re going to be stopping one or two of these bastard mass-murder plots a year, minimum, for the rest of our lives. Hell, the way terror tactics and tech evolve, five years from now we’re going to be pining for the dudes with the flammable juice boxes.

It’s now part of our life. Let’s try not to hop like the trained monkeys every time it happens.

Would that some talking head personality would ask about this because, frankly, I could use some more proactive and a whole lot less “be afraid and then go to the mall.” 

Today’s photo is of a great blue heron being dive-bombed by a red wing blackbird.  It’s another great one from Julie’s Magic Light Show.  Seemed appropriate, somehow, for the talking head shows.  So, what’s catching your eye on the blogs or in the news this morning?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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