I'll add to this periodically, but I get the sense that most of this thread is NOT going to be contained in the OP. So to bring yourself up to speed, make sure you read a selection from recent discussion. If you're reaching the thread while it's still ten-or-less replies, just read the whole thing, seriously save us all some time here. If you're getting here and miracles have occurred and now there are 99 pages, just read the more recent posts and skim enough context to know what they're talking about Don't use "I didn't read the whole thread but" as an excuse to say something, use it as an excuse to READ something. When you're ready to post without having to clarify that you didn't read everything, THEEENNNN you're 'ready to post.'
Clear as mud? Okay then, to the point. I was riding my crippled ass back from NYC today and the Yankees game was already over, so we needed something to listen to in the truck. My dad offered up his book-on-tape of the Rummsfeld memoir, 'Known and Unknown.' Something I haven't been reading, by a guy I assumed I didn't care for very much, so I said heck why not. Let's hear him. There's a zillion political spinoffs we could take from here, but instead I'm gonna go to a completely non-political discussion (I know, I know, you guys were all ready to do RUmmsfeld), and talk instead about real-world problem solving methods. One in particular, I guess, which Donny refers to as "Bridging." This is a state-department holdfast, and an academic approach you're probably familiar with. "Bridging" says that when Party A says Argument A, and Party C says Argument C, the right thing to do is build Bridge B to bring their differences together and create "Forced Concensus B," made up party A's malleable parts and Party C's malleable parts, and everybody can hold hands and sing kumbaya or whatever.
Don Rummy talks about how much he really hates Bridging, and you can read all about his reasons for feeling that way if you're interested. Pick up a book.
Let's talk about OUR feelings about 'Bridging.' Something I see a lot on here, where someone might argue "The sky is red!!" and I'll counter with "Idiot, don't be stupid, the sky is blue you fucking crackhead," and the third person arrives to say "Hey, it's a little red, and it's a little blue, and MDK you're a douche. Shake hands on purple?"
So I guess from that instance you already got my feelings on 'Bridging." Let's talk more about it. This could be fun -- opinionated people welcome, and remember, this is NOOOOOT politics! This is problem solving. Totally different.