Congratulations on the milestone! And please, keep up the good work: I may not always agree with what you write, but I have yet to find one of your posts which wasn’t well-worth the time spent reading it.
Congratulations, Professor Mead, on the milestone. It’s heartening to know how popular your blog is because everyone who reads it comes away smarter and more well-informed. That is a very good thing.
I know that a blog site isn’t a democracy but I would like to make a suggestion. The people who have been filling in for you while you’ve been away have written some very interesting posts. I hope that when you return and are able to pick up your old pace of writing posts that you will still provide an opportunity for some of these guest “posters” to contribute from time to time. They have added a great deal and it’s been a pleasure reading what they have to say.
I have stumbled on your blog by pure chance and now it’s my required reading. I don’t agree with everything, and on some subjects I’m simply too ignorant, but I feel myself a bit smarter each time I visit here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me and the rest of the grateful million.
I second everything that WigWag said.
“In continuing to curate the comments, the team at The American Interest is going to be especially vigilant about ensuring that the conversation remains civil, understanding that the standards of civil discourse vary from region to region around the world.”
~I recently learned from a commenter on The Economist that in China they use 10,000 yrs interchangably with forever. Given the cultural enfluence on language it seems self evident that vigilance in commentary is the right way to go. Congratulations!!!
So… I _shouldn’t_ use the comments section to post the ASCII-Art depiction of Muhammed (PBUH) I’ve been working on?
Just kidding. Guess nobody knows what ASCII art is… Behold, the glory of 1994!!!
Excellent. Quality attracts a quality audience.
The mass appeal is, I think, a tribute to your fair-mindedness, which is a precious commodity on the Web these days.
For me, it also reflects an affinity for your enthusiasm for the ‘American project’, and its proponents and allies, notwithstanding your willingness to be critical of it when you feel that criticism is deserved. That’s also a rare commodity on the Web these days.
A toast to fair-mindedness, civility, stimulating curiosity and critical thinking about the world, and to Mr. Mead and The American Interest for this web-peninsula of all of the above.
Excellent to hear Mr. Mead. While I rarely comment, I always find your posts (and books) stimulating. On behalf of the lurkers (Ed: Ahem…Legitimate Peripheral Participants…), thanks for the work that you and your co-bloggers do. Here’s to the next million.