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El Sordo and cheese licking
Never have. By this I mean to say I’ve never actively disliked military advisors and foreign war correspondents. Especially Anglo-Saxons. I look at their work and ask with calm curiosity what do you do and most of them never have an answer short of moping about and licking cheese and stalking off in a huff to practice monologues.
There are exceptions, however, and we should pay attention to them.
(What The New Yorker wrote about Hemingway’s novel in 1940 is here).
But I digress.
For at least nine years and the last 453 days we have spent more time than ever in the proximity of military advisors and foreign war correspondents. What began as a vague dislike quickly ramped up to mean, squinting displeasure at their existence. BBC’s John Simpson (nicknamed, Cachou, French for booger) was the worst. He was caught licking the cheese again this year, even after promoting Crimea as a great vacation spot2.
There is also Jason Jay Smart, an American cheese licker who signs his op-eds Thank you3.
Cheese lickers hang out with other cheese lickers, like Malcom Nance. They are oily people, who are constantly bragging about their relationships status. Cheese lickers like to interview one another, not caring about the rest of the world vomiting around them.
Smart has zero military experience. He worked with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. This alone should disqualify him for any serious job. What Smart, Nance and ChatGPT think about intercepting Russian missiles is, er, irrelevant.