If you’re one of the four-or-so frequent readers of this here blog, chances are you also occasionally check out the New York Times op-ed page. You may even know the names: Thomas “Friedman’s Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Lose” Friedman, Gail “The Colander” Collins, Nicholas “The Dark Crystal” Kristof, &c. Well, I’ve decided to devote a daily feature to these folks, by daily pointing out one line that is either awesome, funny, insightful, intelligent, ridiculous, or utterly divorced from reality. I hope you enjoy.
Today’s is from Roger “Life of the Party” Cohen, who in his column “When Kissinger Calls, It’s World Cup Time,” wisely compares football to diplomacy, and the American’s new place in world soccer to it’s place in the world:
It’s true that adjusting to 21st century shifts in global power is proving arduous for the United States — much less room for the cynical diplomatic foul — and that there’s still a naïve quality to the American game, despite its opening 1-1 draw with England high in the South African veld and its second-place finish last year in the Confederations Cup.