The more intriguing reason for Roh's meager welcome in Washington is how President Bush's own personal preferences shape American media reporting.
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All too often, we leave the field open for the administration to occupy the mental bandwidth of the population with the faces and stories that it wants to promote.
According to the Pentagon, the latest generation of landmine will liberate the military from all those messy civilian casualties that have so upset the international community.
Now everyone can be as time-crunched and info-inundated as the average policymaker.
Nation-building is a bloody affair. Just ask the Angles or the Visigoths.
The United States, when it looks at Islam, suffers from a peculiar disorder of the eyes that perhaps only the great neurologist Oliver Sacks can properly diagnose. Where there is a great multiplicity of sects, beliefs, and approaches in Islam, the U.S. government has a stubborn double vision.