Sloppy Joe, the Journolist

This Post needs no other exploration; it’s all in:

 http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2010/08/23/pakistans-game/

 And I am not only referring to the first comment.

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4 Responses to “Sloppy Joe, the Journolist”

  1. nolanimrod Says:

    I’ve been noticing that a lot. Even from publications like Commentary that used to be pretty careful. {sigh} I guess it’s (as Gibbon’s patron said to him upon being presented with Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) “just scribble scribble scribble.”

    On the larger point I think this is one place for a little synthesis of The Chicago Way (as presented in the movie the Untouchables: if they send one of yours to the hospital you send one of theirs to the morgue) with the first rule of salesmanship: when you’ve made the sale stop selling.

    We went in their with a few people and some air power and by assisting the Northern Alliance the Taliban were defeated. At that point it was time to publicly hang a few of them and possibly some of their sons, climb on Silver, give Tonto the high sign, and, having made the sale, stop selling, leaving lots of guns for the Northern Alliance and the impression that being an accessory before the fact to an act of aggression against America was not a good idea.

    Instead we had George. K (Kumbaya) Bush who wanted everybody to study up on John Locke which of course they couldn’t do because they were too busy mortgaging their daughters to buy poppy seeds for the next opium crop.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Thank you Nimrod

      You actually make two comments in one. On your first, which was the theme of my Post, I agree with you that Time has deteriorated with Time. Some of their “nu-journolists” are as bad as Joe [or they have learned from him] and sometimes I don’t know why I am still reading it.

      I did not touch on your second point but I am pleased that you raised it. The point was made right at the start and it is long overdue to just leave those people to their own devices. With that, I daresay, even Sloppy Joe recognizes it once in a while but he is so deep into the deception that he cannot push his luck to far. It’s a messy business.

  2. christophertrier Says:

    Afghanistan was handled in the worst possible way. What should have happened is to launch a massive invasion, crush the Taliban completely and then some, get some sort of stability set up and leave. This battle of half-measures simply would not work in any real sense.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Thanks Christopher

      Most everybody except Joe Klein seems to agree with you on this one. Time is playing an amazing game. They of course, “made a President” in Obama because there was a lot of money in him for them; now it seems as if they cannot decide whether they should ditch him now or take a risk that the people may ditch Him and them two years down the line.

      My heart bleeds for them.

      I appreciate your visit.

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