Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
And where "personal happiness" is concerned I really have nothing to complain about, especially not at the start of the holiday season. So all last week I busied myself with cozy domestic tasks: decorating the tree, buying and hiding gifts, filling boxes for the canned food drive. I did this knowing that airports across the country have jackboots sexually assaulting travelers and drawing TSA salaries for the privilege. I did this while the manufactured outrage my media colleagues demonstrate over the unfolding Wikileaks story demonstrates their continued willingness to gaslight America and write apologias for those who violated every principle America once stood for. I only paused long enough to write a brief Guardian column about the Republican-manufactured art scandal at the Smithsonian, but even then my usual outrage mellowed into a disinterested "Yeah, they're hypocrites. Whatever."
Brooding over government misdeeds, ranting over government misdeeds -- none of it does any good. Especially not during the holidays. Why not grab what happiness I can? Why be such a cynic? Focus on the silver lining rather than the cloud.
Like the latest Wikileaks revelation: apparently American contractors pimped out some prepubescent little boys to serve as sex toys at Pashtun warlord parties. Certainly there are criticisms one might levy against such practices, but with my new glass-half-full optimism I recognize that from a realpolitik perspective this is actually one of the smartest moves we've made since the war started. Face it: America's "win hearts and minds" campaign clearly isn't working. The best we can hope for now is to win over a few powerful dicks.