Friday, April 14, 2006

Why I love the Blogosphere

Because beautiful storylines, all polished and rammed down the reader's throat by the MSM, can run into ugly little blogs with facts and other interesting tidbits that throw sand in the gears.

So now we are hearing all about a group of retired generals that think it is time for Rumsfeld to spend more time with his family. Speaking only for my flawed self, any news article that repeats something I have read on a moonbat protest sign gets an automatic -10 points. I don't think the Secretary of Defense can walk on water or is incapable of making a mistake, but I would like to hear the whole story before charging over the Cliff of Conclusions. For example:

A former spook's take. The argument that Rumsfeld must go would be much more convincing if a retired general could be found that had this level of discontent and did NOT already have a grudge against the guy.
From inside the gearbox Jason van Steenwyk has a nicely dispassionate take on How Things Get Done Now.

This is the kind of information I like. Why can't the MSM include this in their analyses, hmm? Aren't reporters supposed to go find out information only known to insiders and explain it to ordinary folk like me? Exactly what are they getting paid for again?

When you make a decision, take one fork in the decision tree, you don't get the opportunity to go back and try the other one to see if that works better. At least, not in the real world. Maybe the Iraq war would have gone more smoothly if there had been more troops available. We don't know for sure, despite the general's stated opinions, because we didn't do that. However, those generals also don't know that the situation would not have been much, much worse if we had followed their suggestions. Naturally, they don't think so. But they don't have proof.


Blogger Barb said...

Gee - you should be writing for the MSM, you do much better research! Then again, I'd hate to see you lost in the morass ;-)

Excellent links, thanks for the good reading material!

7:44 AM, April 15, 2006  
Blogger Kerri said...

Without shame, I have stolen 'Hear the whole story before charging over the Cliff of Conclusion', printed and posted it on the refrigerator. It joins the lines from the great movie, Gunga Din, 'You disturb me greatly and I ignore the both of you'.

Words of wisdom to live by.

9:20 AM, April 15, 2006  

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