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Pretty Good Snark

This is good.  Indeed, it may qualify as the type specimen ( href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holotype">holotype) of
snark.  From The New Yorker:

href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/hendrikhertzberg/2009/08/clinton-north-korea.html">It’s
So Obvious

From Avi Zenilman, online news editor, The New Yorker:

    Do you think the right is upset about President
Clinton’s mission because he didn’t free the hostages by going through
the Japanese to sell arms to the North Koreans and then use the
proceeds to support anti-Chavez guerrillas?

Posted by Hendrik Hertzberg

On the surface, the Clinton mission seemed simple.  He flew to
North Korea, asked for our people back, and came back with our
people.  Of course, it almost certainly was not that simple. 
Reuters indicates that it was all planned out ahead of time. 
Staged, really:

In the secret negotiations that led to the rescue mission,
Clinton made clear to Obama administration officials he only wanted to
go if he had some certainty that Americans Laura Ling, 32, and Euna
Lee, 36, would be released to his custody.

“We considered the request carefully,” said a senior administration
official. “We tested directly with the North Koreans repeatedly. We
sought and received North Korea’s agreement in fact that a visit by
President Clinton would secure the release of Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee.”

Staged or not, it was very effective.  Mr. Clinton and his href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/05/AR2009080504021.html">network
did not complicate the matter the way many politicians seem wont to
do.  Good work.

Comments

  1. #1 Dr x
    August 7, 2009

    Love the quote from the New Yorker.

  2. #2 Flora Parker
    August 8, 2009

    It was classy in its simplicity.

  3. #3 Jack
    July 25, 2011

    Ask yourself these questions. (1) In what part of the past would you like to live in ? (2) Why you would like to live at that time ? (3) Could you survive in that time using only the tools and equipment available at that time ?

  4. #4 Graeme
    July 28, 2011

    Die Dächer sind aus unterschiedlichen Materialien hergestellt. Holz, Stroh, Schiefer, Stein, Metall, Kunststoff und alles andere, die verwendet werden können. Meistens hängt, wo Sie sind in der Welt und wie viel Sie kaufen können, um welche Art von Dach haben Sie.

  5. #5 Allison
    August 1, 2011

    Where are we now on the evolution path ? Are we becoming civilized or still going down the path of increasing destructive powers ? Our medical knowledge increases with leaps and bounds of each war, but not as greatly as our destructive weapons.

  6. #6 Johnny
    August 2, 2011

    Kuhu me nüüd arengust teed? Me oleme muutumas tsiviliseeritud või ikka läheb teele suurendada hävitava võimu? Meie meditsiiniliste teadmiste suureneb hüppeliselt iga sõda, kuid mitte nii palju kui meie hävitusrelvade. Kui meie meditsiinilisi teadmisi tõusnud nii kiiresti kui meie relvad, suudame elada kaks või enam sajandeid.

  7. #7 Thomas
    August 3, 2011

    Warum machen die Leute verhungern in einer Welt, die mehr Nahrung als es braucht? Auf einer Webseite es sagte, es sei aufgrund der Logistik bewegt die Nahrung. Ich sage, es ist mehr mit Profit als einen Mangel an der Fähigkeit, die Nahrung zu, wo sie benötigt bewegen. Auch einige Länder der Dritten Welt exportieren Lebensmittel, die sie brauchen, damit sie Geld für andere Dinge zu bekommen. Wenn wir alle noch auf halbem Weg zu dem, was wir Menschheit nennen, würde niemand verhungern. Aber wir sind Menschen und nicht, bis unsere guten Ideale zu leben.

  8. #8 Frankie
    August 4, 2011

    ¿Por qué las personas mueren de hambre en un mundo que produce más alimentos de lo que necesita? En una página web que dijo que era debido a la logística del traslado de la comida. Digo, es más que ver con los beneficios que la falta de la capacidad de mover la comida a donde más se necesita. Además, algunos países del tercer mundo son exportadores de alimentos que necesitan para que puedan conseguir el dinero para otras cosas. Si todos eran aún a medio camino de lo que llamamos humanidad, nadie moriría de hambre. Pero somos humanos y no pueden vivir hasta nuestros ideales bien.

  9. #9 Kelly
    August 8, 2011

    Las gerade über Ausschreitungen in London und in anderen Bereichen auf die BBC-Website. Sie sollen mit Gummigeschossen, CS-Gas und Pfefferspray, bis die Randalierer arbeitsunfähig sind. Dann liefern sie nach Afghanistan, damit sie lernen können, wie sie sich verhalten.

  10. #10 Michael
    August 9, 2011

    Oli lihtsalt lugedes rahutused Londonis ja teistes piirkondades BBC veebilehel. Nad peaksid kasutama kummikuule, CS gaasi ja pipragaas Kuni märatsejate on töövõimetud. Siis saata need Afganistanis, et nad saaksid õppida, kuidas käituda.

  11. #11 Biff
    August 10, 2011

    Terfysgoedd unwaith eto rhwygo trwy nifer o ddinasoedd Lloegr. Bydd llawer o bobl yn troi i fyny ar gyfer eu man gwaith heddiw i ddod o hyd iddo ddrylliwyd neu’n waeth, dinistrio. Faint mwy o yn mynd i golli eu swyddi fel eu man gwaith gael ei ddinistrio? Dod yn y fyddin ac yn cael dim dal wahardd wrth ddelio â’r terfysgwyr. Maent eisiau brifo eraill trwy frics taflu a phethau eraill, felly dylai fod yr un fath drais yn ôl ar eu cyfer.

  12. #12 Philip
    August 15, 2011

    My last week of working on the government scheme. :( Back to the unemployment queue next week. The scheme was only for thirteen weeks and that ends in four days. Boredom and barely enough money to live on. :( .

  13. #13 Rachel
    August 16, 2011

    Minu viimane nädal kallal valitsuse kava. Tagasi töötuse järjekorda järgmisel nädalal. Kava oli ainult kolmteist nädalat, mis lõpeb nelja päeva pärast. Igavus ja vaevalt piisavalt raha, et elada. :( .

  14. #14 Steve
    August 18, 2011

    Dim ond dau ddiwrnod yn fwy ar ôl y diwrnod hwn o weithio ar y cynllun llywodraeth. :( Yna yn ôl ar y ciw diweithdra wythnos nesaf wythnos tri ar ddeg o wneud gwaith a dim ond yn cael 45 y cant o’r isafswm cyflog ar ei gyfer a’r llywodraeth ryfeddodau pam nad yw’r cynllun yn boblogaidd Os byddaf yn cael ei dalu isafswm cyflog fyddai gen i! fwynhau yn fwy ac yn cael rhywfaint o arian a arbedir i fyny.

  15. #15 Peter
    August 19, 2011

    Rwyf wedi visted llawer o wefannau yn yr wythnosau diwethaf dri ar ddeg i gyda fy swydd, felly wedi bod yn ddiflas ac eraill mistyfing. Wedi ennill peth gwybodaeth. Fel, pan fydd yn Japan ychydig o flynyddoedd yn ôl, i ddod mor agos at y goedwig bambw yn Kyoto. Mae hynny’n flin i mi, fel y byddai i wedi hoffi ei visted.

  16. #16 Lenny
    August 22, 2011

    Useful post hope to hear more.

  17. #17 Kenny
    August 22, 2011

    I dont comment frequently, but when i do it’s usually for some thing thats very good.

  18. #18 William
    August 24, 2011

    Employers, employees and manufactures of equipment or supplies are responsible in some way for health and safety.

  19. #19 Janet
    September 1, 2011

    Doctor Dave had slept with one of his patients and felt guilty all day long.

    No matter how much he tried to forget about it, he couldn’t.

    The guilt and sense of betrayal was overwhelming. But every once in a while he’d hear an internal, reassuring voice that said:

    “Dave, don’t worry about it. You aren’t the first doctor to sleep with one of their patients and you won’t be the last. And you’re single. Just let it go..”

    But invariably the other voice would bring him back to reality, whispering:

    “Dave you’re a vet.”

  20. #20 Clare
    November 21, 2011

    I loved this article about clinton it was spot on in its analisis.

  21. #21 Frankie
    December 5, 2011

    Who cares whether it was staged or not, the main thing was getting the hostiges free.

  22. #22 Frank
    December 19, 2011

    Staged or not Clinton did one hell of a job getting them back, and that was the main thing.

  23. #23 Derrick
    March 29, 2012

    Your work is so companionable I just wish I could take it with me and be around it at all times!

  24. #24 Kyle
    April 17, 2012

    I was busy writing a poem in the middle of a bingo hall when sombody beside me shouted BINGO! The lady on the other side of me thought it was me that shouted it so she tried to stick a fork in my eye! It’s all just poetry in motion.

  25. #25 Michael
    May 4, 2012

    The little peanut was feeling seasick for the whole voyage. Finally land was in sight so the little peanut asked the captain where it was that they were going to land. The captain said “Brazil”. So the little peanut said “Oh no! I hate Brazil nuts their all nuts”!

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