It's time for my third annual summertime non-posting disclosure. Those of you who have paid top-dollar to read my occasionally brilliant but mostly obnoxious ranting over the last two years all know the drill.
Send a self addressed stamped envelope to the Tman In Tennessee complaint center including the number presented above, and your money will be refunded post haste.
For the rest of you, I'm linking to an oldie-but-goodie post from back in the day involving Colin Powell and PJ O'Rourke. It's interesting to me how little has changed since this interview.
Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 7:33 AM
Colin Powell, PJ O'Rourke, Volvo's, Beatles, Elvis, and our Zero Sum World..........Via Beck over at Incite (recently added to ye olde blogroll) comes this fascinating interview with Colin Powell by PJ O'Rourke. PJ is one of my favorite writers, and his attitude definitely makes for an entertaining read.
Colin Powell is also probably one of the most misunderstood people within the current administration I have ever seen. People from either side of the political fence constantly berate him for being either a Bush lackey (if they are Dems) or a soft multilateralist appeaser (if they are Repubs). I think he is one of the greatest things to happen to this country in years. In this interview he highlights the specific problems facing this country and the World, and shows how America has taken on the responsibility of lifting up the undeveloped nations of the world since the other major powers are either unwilling or incapable of doing so.
And of course, this being a PJ O'Rourke interview, he does the whole socio-political thing and then seamlessly jumps to Volvo's, Elvis and the Beatles.
I used to have a different favorite part of this interview, but I've since changed. This is now my favorite part-
P. J. O'ROURKE: In terms of non-zero-sum thinking, is our country in the unique historical position of wanting other nations to be as powerful as we are?
Powell looked at me over the top of his glasses.
SECRETARY POWELL: Wanting other nations to be as powerful? No, I wouldn't say that. I think our historical position is we are a superpower that cannot be touched in this generation by anyone in terms of military power, economic power, the strength of our political system and our values system. What we would like to see is a greater understanding of power, of the democratic system, the open market economic system, the rights of men and women to achieve their destiny as God has directed them to do if they are willing to work for it. And we really do not wish to go to war with people. But, by God, we will have the strongest military around. And that's not a bad thing to have. It encourages and champions our friends that are weak and it chills the ambitions of the evil.
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