A few things I thought might be interesting to discuss.

One - I just saw Tim Whats-his-Name interview Dick Cheney at Camp David on this morning's Meet the Press. Regardless of whether or not you believe Cheney is evil, he does come off as intelligent and informed. It's funny, the sorts of questions Cheney is able to tackle - specific, coplex questions regarding rationale, policy and approach - in contrast to Bush's ability to only field broader, "feeling" questions.

I was particularly interested in Cheney's eight minute monologue describing the sequence of events he participated in following his first being informed of the attack. He spoke of acting in order to "protect the presidency", to ensure the survival of the federal governement during the crisis. Hopefully they'll post a trascript of the interview soon. For some reason, Cheney's blend of decisiveness and discernment upped my faith that Washington has sensible control over the situation.

He suggested that we're faced with a "Long, dirty war".

Second - the omninous network piano music really started to get on my nerves during the final days of nonstop network coverage. The Fox title graphics and "Attack on America" themesong was almost unbearable. Now, CNN has begun calling this "America's New War". I'm glad the country is moving forward, but I already miss the full-time coverage, the lack of commercials. Whatever the media focuses on remains the country's concern, it seems, and I hope the immediacy of the situation doesn't fade.

Third - I find the resurgence of American flags truly touching. I saw two little girls holding candles and waving small flags by the side of the road on Friday night, and I almost lost it. There's an emotional power in patriotism like nothing else. I have little interest in cynnacism these days... but has anyone heard the dramatic, patriotic pop-song and crisis-quotation musical montages that have been played lately on the radio? They're watering down all the heart, repackaging emotion. Lame.
by Ryan Gantz on 9/16/2001 11:09:04 AM | bang on