Roger L. Simon

Dion(ne) and the Belmont (Club)

E. J. Dionne has a silly column in today’s WaPo once more going after the “serious matter” of Bush’s National Guard service. No matter that CBS News may already have destroyed its reputation forever in this quixotic pursuit, E. J. climbs aboard Rocinante and soldiers on. (Sancho opted out this time.)

Earth-to-E. J. — nobody cares and nobody’s listening. And don’t tell me you don’t know why. I’m sure you do. But here it is anyway: Virtually no one in the National Guard fulfilled ALL his requirements. Like all things that go on for that long, they tend to dribble off. Things are left undone. That’s the way of human events, mine, yours and everybody else’s.

The public, of course, knows this. Not only do most people have friends and family who have been in the Guard, they have basic common sense. If you want to write an interesting column with something new to say, I suggest taking a look at the Belmont Club who today introduces us to “The Human Security Doctrine for Europe.” Do you know what that is? I didn’t. But it is certainly worth writing a column (and thinking) about – another example of new media striking out in original directions while old media are sinking in tar.