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October 11, 2002

Cracking Open the Vent You

Cracking Open the Vent

You know what's annoying? Having flesh out vague ideas into posts is annoying. Take the post below about the presumable U.S. occupation of Iraq after the war. I'm reading the NYT article about it, and I'm thinking "That's nice, that's pretty exactly what I want, something along the lines of what we did post WW II."

I've already read about the "golden age" of the Kurds living under the no-fly zone, so I figure the economy at a minimum will look like that after a few years, and would look even better if we put a little effort in it. Thinking about the economy reminds me that Turkey has been bitch-slapped by the E.U. once again, and there ought to be a way we can turn that to our advantage. I pull up a map of the Near East and figure that, if Glenn Frazier is right and Iran is about erupt into revolution, then in about three years we will have effectively flanked Saudi Arabia geographically, especially if you count Oman. That would be nice if we were worried about them militarily, but we're not. The only force projection S.A. has is via religion. The only way to counter that is with freedom and prosperity, neither of which we can guarantee with military force, even if we do have to use military force to establish a base in the region first.

The problem is that I can't just say "Hey, look at the map!. Ten years from now this will be fastest growing economic area on the planet if we have half a brain!" I've gotta explain it and find links that support my position, and put it in some sort of structure that makes sense, and of of this interrupts the flow of words every minute or so, and I do occasionally have work to do. The whole damned process turns whatever voice I have into sand. It reads like someone put Charlie Rose on sedatives, and he then dictated the entire thing to a zombie typist. I look at it and hate it, because the interesting idea that I had is now buried by all the buttressing I put in to address potential arguments, even though it says pretty much what I want it to say. So I publish it and bitch at it, and wonder if another hour's tweaking would help it even though I am almighty sick of it and want to read the rest of the news, and maybe write something about the kid, even though all she's done today is get up and choose an outfit to wear before I drove her to daycare.

I need a beer and a weekend.

Posted by Bigwig at October 11, 2002 02:41 PM | TrackBack
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