Diary

NY Times: here's a question you can ask

I hear Helene Cooper at the NYT feels like Obama is giving the press the cold shoulder.  I’ll try not to laugh – clearly Ms. Cooper didn’t see the stories during the campaign, or just after the inauguration on that very topic. It seems that whenever a reporter momentarily escapes the orgasmic afterglow of electing “notBush”, they feel a sense of unease about this unproven character they’ve chosen. Too little, too late.

But I digress. Helene, here’s a question you can ask, next time you’re called upon. I would say you could call the press office and ask on your own, but c’mon, you’re just a REPORTER. The question is this. How are people in New York suffering from lung problems as a result of “overseas contingency operations”? You’re in New York, so you probably remember what I’m talking about. But Obama’s new – he may NOT remember. So here’s some background, just in case you forgot the case I’m speaking of.

Around the turn of this century, in the first year of a new President, one of these “overseas contingency operations” was carried out by people who don’t yet like us (formerly known as ‘the enemy’). There was significant property damage in New York, as well as in Washington. The airlines, as they are wont to do, also suffered. There was some loss of life, though I’m sure it must have been unintentional.  Shockingly, after this event in the “overseas contingency operations” many firefighters and policemen came down with lung problems. Ms. Cooper, it was reported in your own paper, so I’m sure it’s true. I hear that the lung problems are costing the city quite a bit of money.

So, here’s the question. Will President ask Congress for a law outlawing “overseas contingency operations” on US soil? Perhaps he could work with the UN Human Rights Comission. Or the G20. But shouldn’t we outlaw operations on US soil? After all, our laws apply to everyone involved in those “overseas contingency operations” so any legislation we pass will be binding for the people who don’t yet like us. I’m sure the courts would uphold the law, as everyone is against dust clouds these days.