New York Times Appreciation Day

I know a lot of people will be outraged by The New York Times‘ revelation today that the United States is expanding its clandestine military activity to disrupt militant groups in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia. But I say all the outrage is misplaced. If you read the article closely, you’ll see that they’ve revealed nothing that isn’t absolutely obvious. I mean, if we’re not doing that, someone should be fired, yesterday. In fact, that has to be one of the top-ten most boring leaks of secret military information I’ve ever read.

I was a lot more surprised by the Souping up Spring Vegetables article. Did you all know that soup’s not just a winter food? Bravo to the Times for publishing that weird recipe involving asparagus, green garlic and eggs. All too easy to dismiss the sound of that one as simultaneously effete and nasty, so give them credit for bravery. It can’t have been an easy call in the newsroom.

I must admit, that article really challenged a lot of my assumptions about soup.