Friday, July 28, 2006

Book event on C-SPAN

C-SPAN will air the Cato Institute's Book Forum on "Sandstorm" On Sunday, July 30 at 7:45 pm
Sandstorm: Policy Failure in the Middle East
Leon Hadar with James Pinkerton and Geoffrey Kemp
Description: Leon Hadar talks about his book, "Sandstorm," at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. In the book, Mr. Hadar argues that the U.S. should pursue "constructive disengagement" from the Middle East, where the costs of our involvement over the decades has outweighed the benefits. James Pinkerton (Newsday, Fox News) and Geoffrey Kemp (Nixon Center) provide commentary.

Author Bio: Leon Hadar is a research fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a former U.N. bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post and current Washington correspondent for the Singapore Business Times. Mr. Hadar is also the author of "Quagmire: America in the Middle East."

Also you can listen and/or watch a audio/video of the event by clicking here.


warisforsuckers said...

I saw on your CSPAN segment that the commentators had almost an obsession with describing the titles of your books differently, as if their climatic analogies were more apt than yours. I feel as though a great many people/organizations are looking for the proper descriptions for military events unfolding in the middle east - and I feel they would be most aptly (and all encompassingly) described as nonlinear attractors. These are the noneuclidean geometrical shapes that describe complex series of motion (instead of just describing examples of nonlinear attractors like sandstorms, avalanches, etc.).

Armchair said...

Dr. Hadar

Just watched your CATO speech on C-Span.

You were intelligent, to the point, sensible, and good humored.

So your advice will obviously be ignored.

There was much to comment on - I'll have to review the transcript.

It seemed like Kemp sensed you were correct, but something is holding him back from jumping on board. He is too vested in a certain way of thinking, but you can sense he knows deep inside that that way of thinking is resting on thin ice in hot desert.

Pinkerton too - but less so. Pinkerton is very bright and an orginal pundit. Up on the podium he seemed a bit uncertain because he too knows that there is a disconnect between what he knows and what he wants to know. Just seemed that way/

Armchair said...

IMO - thin ice on hot sand beats 'quagmire' and 'sandstorm.' LOL -- But 'quagmire' is good because it tweaks those who hate the 'Nam analogy, but otherwise 'sandstorm' beats 'quagmire.'

But 'thin ice on hot sand' is not one word - so it will never be adopted.

Armchair said...

Of coure, 'thin ice on hot sand' is meaningless - so that's why it makes sense.