So, it's half past six or so on a Wednesday evening and I am watching that evening's edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer and the Chamber of Situations, where my boss (full disclosure: Arianna Huffington is the co-founder of The Huffington Post) is discussing her provocative op-ed, which calls for Vice President Joe Biden to resign if he cannot reconcile his opposition to escalating the war in Afghanistan with an administration decision to proceed with such an escalation.
Arianna was discussing the matter with a panel of guests that included Gloria Borger and Kevin Madden, both of whom -- while skeptical -- asked very tough-minded but fair questions about the prospect of Biden resigning under protest, and what of value could be gained by such an act. Everyone involved approached the topic with a commendable level of seriousness. Arianna had highlighted the issue of the Afghanistan war by saying "there is nothing more important than a matter of war and peace" and had literally just got finished saying, "We are spending $65 billion this year in Afghanistan, and $2.5 billion in Pakistan. There's a huge disconnect between the reality on the ground and the illusions that are currently guiding our foreign policy in Afghanistan," when suddenly, Wolf Blitzer interjected, saying: "I want everybody to stand by just for a moment." Whereupon, CNN's super-serious "BREAKING NEWS" animation swooshed by the screen.
For a brief, mad moment, I sat forward in my seat, convinced that I was about to hear of some fearful news development! As it turns out, though, no: