Daniel W. Drezner

We interrupt normal blogging about the rest of the world to freak out about THE BIG STORM!!!!

I was all set this morning to blog more about high-falutin’ theoretical IR debates or what’s happening in Libya or whether Hugo Chavez can really move all of his gold without these guys somehow stealing it, when, well…. this happened:  So instead, today your humble blogger was busy stockpiling supplies like vodka fresh water, whiskey, ...

I was all set this morning to blog more about high-falutin' theoretical IR debates or what's happening in Libya or whether Hugo Chavez can really move all of his gold without these guys somehow stealing it, when, well.... this happened: 

So instead, today your humble blogger was busy stockpiling supplies like vodka fresh water, whiskey, batteries, bourbon, dry goods, etc. 

I was all set this morning to blog more about high-falutin’ theoretical IR debates or what’s happening in Libya or whether Hugo Chavez can really move all of his gold without these guys somehow stealing it, when, well…. this happened: 

Hurricane Irene

So instead, today your humble blogger was busy stockpiling supplies like vodka fresh water, whiskey, batteries, bourbon, dry goods, etc. 

This might seem like an overreaction, and hopefully, it will be.  However, I learned a valuable lesson from the last time I labeled an event like this as “hurricane porn.”  Never again will I trivialize hurricane warnings.  Even if, nine times out of ten, a hurricane/tropical storm/tropical depression turns out to be less than advertised, there is that one time that the worst case scenario nis actually realized.  And in that event, better to be prepared than not. 

Of course, the problem with this approach is that after each iteration in which a natural disaster warning does not come to fruition, one is  tempted to be more blasé about the next one.  It’s the meteorilogical equivalent of festering foreign policy problems — unless and until a slow-motion problem becomes an acute crisis, attention will not be paid. 

Still, on a day when parts of New York are being evacuated, I am grateful that this is unlikely to happen: 

 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. He blogged regularly for Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2014. Twitter: @dandrezner

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