Sorry I haven't had more to say here lately: I've been doing a lot of reading, struggling with a market that wants to sell off a bit but keeps on running up against good news (I trade index futures, mainly the S&P 500 "e-mini"), and leaving a lot of comments on other people's blogs - including a couple that I haven't even added to my blogroll yet - here, for instance, reacting to criticisms of Bush's "forward strategy" speech at Daniel Drezner's blog, and responding on other issues at Michael Totten's. I've also been hanging at Roger Simon's place a lot (see the roll). The good thing about "militant liberal" blogs (using Oliver Kamm's designation) is that a neoconical guy like me can run into some productive opposition from the not-yet-persuaded as well as the unpersuadable. It wasn't really so long ago that I was in the same position as Roger, Michael, and Daniel - struggling to find a reason to support Democrats.
Two Iraqi blogs I've been enjoying immensely - mainly because the Iraqi bloggers are so heartbreakingly sympathetic - are Healing Iraq and The Messopotamian. Also some good discussion, as well as opportunity for Americans to express their support, in the comments sections there.
I've been thinking about a new piece on the apparent hopelessness of the Democratic Party's position, perhaps beginning with Nietzsche's famous saying sometimes translated as "Man would rather will nothing, than not will at all." I've always associated this statement - which I believe is as much about the desperation of any individual facing helplessness and impotence as it is about the contradictions inherent in asceticism - with Pascal's statement: "The heart has reasons that reason hardly knows." Either would be an appropriate motto for Democratic partisans in the current period - though if my point isn't clear to you, you may have to wait a while for me to explain. There's been so much discussion of the Democrats and their problems lately, and the subject inevitably touches on the plight of the European left and the radical left as well as on critical policy questions: I'm still looking for the right piece of the story to chew on.
Talk to you soon...