A GIRL CAN DREAM, CAN’T SHE?
Thank you, William Greider, for “Pelosi’s Moment” [Oct. 30]. I was pleased to see there is a Democratic legislative and leadership agenda in the wings. There is also excitement out here in the hinterlands for a new agenda. But as far as Nancy Pelosi is concerned, I would like to remind readers that there is a scenario that isn’t being discussed in any of the media. Here it is in a nutshell: Nancy Pelosi becomes the Speaker of the House in January after Democrats take over the House; Democrats also take the Senate, by the smallest majority; Speaker Pelosi holds impeachment hearings for Cheney and Bush; the House impeaches both; the Senate upholds the impeachment and removes both from office. Now comes the Republicans’ worst fear. Who is third in line for the presidency? We now have our first woman President of the United States! President Pelosi! Some may laugh, but…
I like Quannah Santiago’s scenario for how Nancy Pelosi becomes President, but I’m afraid she has described exactly why Pelosi will not go down that impeachment road–it looks like a constitutional coup d’état to make herself President. Still, it is a neat idea.
KABUL’S PRO, DC’S AMATEURS
New York City
The context in which some of my statements appeared in David Corn’s “Who’s Running Afghan Policy?” [Oct. 30] may have given a wrong impression. When I referred to diplomats “with no regional experience,” I was not referring to US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann, although the context in which this quotation appeared gave that impression. The part of my discussion with Corn during which I made this statement dealt with officials in Washington rather than Kabul. Ambassador Neumann has worked extensively in the Middle East and South Asia region. With the limited tools at his disposal in a country that is not a high priority for the Bush Administration, Neumann has worked very hard to make this operation successful.
BARNETT R. RUBIN
BAD TIMES, BAD MEDIA, BAD POSTS
New York City
After nearly thirty-five years as an announcer, reporter, anchor, writer and producer in radio, television and with a wire service, I quit because I could not take the way the business was going. Going? Hell, it got there. I worked in small markets (a radio station in Sumter, South Carolina) and large (as a producer at NBC News, Chicago). At times I was proud of our coverage–of the deaths of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; of the cold war in all its machinations; the Vietnam War in all its soul-burning recklessness; and Watergate, where even Richard Nixon did not try to trash the Constitution. I also was ashamed of the media’s handling of the first Bush War; thank goodness I am not part of the media for Bush II, the man or the war.