Next time my brother and I argue about why I’m not big a fan of Fareed Zakaria, I think I’ll point him to this CNN.com link where Zakaria gives us his “analysis” of the Cheonan Incident. The interviewer asks him a series of questions, which I rephrase. Zakaria then spits up State Department talking points and pulp he stole from wire service reports, and then blends this with his own analysis.
I’ve hosed the pulp, talking points, and context off of Zakaria’s analysis, leaving it naked and exposed for you to gawk upon. So Fareed — the Norks sank that ship. What’s up with that?
The truth is that North Korea is such a strange and strangely governed place that no one really knows.
So is there a danger we’ll end up going to war?
It’s dangerous because it suggests that North Korea is acting in an unpredictable way.
So why did Kim Jong Il do it?
What’s strange about this is that it’s not entirely clear what the purpose behind it is.
And what about the ChiComs? What’s their deal, Fareed?
That, to me, is the greatest mystery of this whole puzzle.
Thank you, Mr. Zakaria, for that penetrating insight. Does being an expert on all things mean that the words “I have no idea” and “I actually bring no useful knowledge or insight to this discussion” must be purged from your vocabulary? Because Zakaria certainly manages to find a lot of ways to say that … and to collect a paycheck for it. All he needs is an infomercial to run on the Home and Garden channel at 2 a.m.