May 22, 2002


WHERE I'VE BEEN: I've been tempted lately to buy Civilization III-- I was a big fan of the orginal Civ game, and after taking Part 3 for a spin at the Internet cafe, I wasn't sure how much longer I could hold out. This piece by Garrett Epps was the final straw-- and I've been absorbed in the game for unhealthy amounts of time since I bought it. Epps thinks that Civ III is a window into the minds of our leaders. I think his article is a window into the mind of a guy who writes for The American Prospect and uses "a combination of Donald Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft" as shorthand for "hater of The People." Epps writes:

when my neighbors show up demanding tribute, I'm meek as a lamb and go to humiliating lengths to avoid giving offense. It doesn't matter: When the time comes, for reasons of their own, they attack me anyway. Of all the words I have read on a computer screen, "The Babylonians have declared war on us!" are probably the saddest. And I have read them a lot.
That pretty much sums up whats wrong with weak foreign policy. I never pay tributes that are demanded without getting something in return, nor has it ever occurred to me to do so-- which is part of the reason why I vote for Republicans.

Incidentally, TAP, or at least its website, has become actually worth reading lately. (Those in the know credit online editor Chris Mooney.) It's the smartest publication I know of to the left of New Republic-- sort of like being the tallest midget, but still.

Posted by John Tabin at May 22, 2002 07:43 AM