When we last discussed Syria policy, before I went on Summer blog strike, I restricted myself to general observations, but, in the nearly three months since then, the “particular ground” that I had been refraining from trying to analyze in detail has been coming into focus (and target sights, and GPS coordinate databases) somewhat on its own. As for me, having concluded the main or anyway most time-intensive, foundational part of the project that has been absorbing my attention, and having taken care of some other business, I expect soon to publish a longish post on Syria, specifically on East Ghouta and the global security system. I also expect to take up smaller parts of the larger discussion, and I’m not sure which, the big or the smalls, I’ll get to first.
As I further consider how to proceed, and consider the latest 1,000 tweets to catch up on, and consider lunch, too, let me offer a musical prelude, an old favorite cued to a passage that I have lately half-expected to sound from the mouth of Rep. Alan Grayson (D, Orlando) whenever he appears on TV as lead vocalist of the “progressive” opposition to the President:
…and the host on MSNBC or CNN or wherever else he’d shown up, would, I am confident, nod complacently, then turn to the other guest.