TRUTH IN STRANGE PLACES

18 04 2008

Well, I was going to give the “Truth In Strange Places” award to George Bush for calling on the Chinese to negotiate with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but incurious George gets enough attention, so instead this month’s award goes to CNN China reporter Jack Cafferty, who, when Wolf Blitzer asked him to compare China thirty years ago with China now, said,

“I don’t know if China is any different, but our relationship with China is certainly different. We’re in hock to the Chinese up to our eyeballs because of the war in Iraq, for one thing. They’re holding hundreds of billions of dollars worth of our paper.

“We are also running hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of trade deficits with them, as we continue to import their junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food and export, you know, jobs to places where you can pay workers a dollar a month to turn out the stuff that we’re buying from Wal-Mart.

“So I think our relationship with China has certainly changed. I think they’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years.”

The next day, he clarified his remarks, specifying that by “goons and thugs” he meant the Chinese government, not the Chinese people. It’s rare to have such candid reporting from CNN, and they are definitely this month’s winners. Sorry, George, you’re gonna have to confess your own crimes to win this contest.

Well, that’s about a wrap on this month’s show. I could have talked about how we’re in the opening rounds of a drought- and biofuel-sparked world food shortage, but I didn’t. I could have talked about how much harder the gummint is working to create problems than to solve them, or the utter triviality of most of the content of the US presidential race, lots of things, but I only get so much airtime and nobody’s paying me to do this. You can read about all these things and more on my blog, brothermartin.wordpress.com. (I had to say that on the air…and this is the script, after all…)

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