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Monday, October 13, 2014

David Brooks, "The Sorting Election": I Don't Understand

Have a look today at the homepage of the The New York Times. The siege of Kobani by ISIS? This news item has been supplanted by panic over the Ebola virus, which has once again caught the Obama administration with its pants down.

Send Secretary of State John Kerry to Africa to discuss the spread of Ebola? Not a chance. Instead, Kerry was at a donors' conference for Gaza on Sunday to pledge more than $400 million in US aid for its reconstruction. Who cares if Gaza's infrastructure has been destroyed three times in the past six years? Who cares if the Hamas charter still calls for the murder of all Jews and rejects negotiation with Israel? Let's throw more American money at Hamas. No need for Hamas to change.

Which is not to say that Kerry is unaware of Kobani. On Monday, Kerry declared that Kobani is just "one community."

Obama in the midst of all these crises? Raising funds at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow and being told how handsome he is. Music to this narcissist's ears.

Which brings me to David Brooks's latest New York Times op-ed entitled "The Sorting Election." All about Kobani or Ebola? No way! Instead, Brooks concludes:

"People in San Francisco and Houston are achieving success while pursuing different economic models. It probably doesn’t make much sense to govern them intrusively from Washington as if they were engaged in the same project."


Maybe it's old age creeping up on me, but I don't pretend to understand.

1 comment:

  1. without reading any more of David Brooks' 'The Sorting Election', the current midterm election obsession in the USA has the GOP trying to nationalize the election for their Senate candidates, so maybe Brooks' has no words for Kobani or...huh?

    In the strange world of media coverage on Kobani, I suddenly am reading The Guardian, and watching AJAM.

    However, Turkey launching airstrikes against the PKK in Turkey HAS gotten attention, sort of.

    Kerry is meeting with Fabius and Lavrov today, in Paris.

    I have been waiting to hear from Lavrov ... on IS