Saturday, March 08, 2003
From the March 6 "Nelson Report" thru Talking Points Josh Marshall:
"It would be difficult to exaggerate the growing mixture of anger, despair, disgust, and fear actuating the foreign policy community in Washington as the attack on Iraq moves closer, and the North Korea crisis festers with no coherent U.S. policy. We get the phone calls and e-mails from all over this Administration, Capitol Hill, the think tanks, and even fellow scribblers. We've never seen anything like it, and we've been here since 1966."
It's been almost five event-packed, to say the least, years since I returned home to these Kentucky hills from 18 years in Washington, DC. Thanks to the internet, phone calls from one friend and old skills honed on getting meaning from Soviet blather, I've been able to gleen an impression of life in my old "home" town after 9/11/01. The Chris Nelson quote achieves this without all the work.
Sometimes these last few months I'll sit before a roaring fire in my 120 year old front parlor listening to the passing clop and jingle of a horse-drawn carriage and try to imagine what my emotions would be like were I still living in a 12th floor apartment on Massachusetts Avenue near Ward Circle. The building, on a ridge running parallel to the Potomac River and near American University, was right along the main flight approach to Reagan-National Airport. In the distance out the living room windows I could barely make out National and the nearby Pentagon. If I'd been at home, and I would have been at the time of the attacks, would I have noticed the errant jet? When you live atop a high rise you tend to notice a jet off the balcony. I surely would have seen the smoke rising from the Pentagon. How would I have felt if...? And, then, how would I have continued to feel as a District resident watching events move to their present state?
Roasted Pepper & Parsnip Soup
4 Red and Gold Bell Peppers
5 cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped
3 Tbsp Butter
1 medium White Onion, peeled and chopped
5 young firm Parsnips, peeled
8 cups of Chicken Stock
Salt & White pepper to taste
Cut and seed Peppers. Place skin-side up in oiled baking dish and
broil until skin blackens. Cool. Remove skins.
Saute Garlic and Onion in Butter until translucent. Add Parsnips, Chicken Stock and Salt/Pepper.
Bring stock to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until parsnips are tender (approx 45 minutes).
Cool. Add peeled Peppers to cooling mixture. Liquify batches in a blender. Serve hot or cold.