[Penn State coach Bill O'Brien] spoke with members of the news media for nearly two hours, addressing the uncertainties that have clouded the future of the Penn State football program since it was hit with N.C.A.A. sanctions on Monday.
“I felt like it was important to try to get out in front,” O’Brien said. “We took a lot of punches. Penn State has taken a lot of punches over the last six months, and it’s time to punch back.”
“We have a shortage of every kind of doctor, except for plastic surgeons and dermatologists,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, the dean of the new medical school at the University of California, Riverside, founded in part to address the region’s doctor shortage. “We’ll have a 5,000-physician shortage in 10 years, no matter what anybody does.”
Another option would be to loosen the definition of "physician." For example, a doctor of humanities would be qualified to conduct basic diagnostics or prescribe medicine. Obviously a DFA wouldn't crack open a chest cavity, but s/he could draw some blood and check cholesterol.
Another possibility is to train dogs and or monkeys as veterinary aids.
Lord knows I am rooting for the opposition forces in Syria to quickly prevail on their own and turn out to be as democratically inclined as we hope. But the chances of this best-of-all-possible outcomes is low. That’s because Syria is a lot like Iraq. Indeed, Syria is Iraq’s twin — a multisectarian, minority-ruled dictatorship that was held together by an iron fist under Baathist ideology. And, for me, the lesson of Iraq is quite simple: You can’t go from Saddam to Switzerland without getting stuck in Hobbes — a war of all against all — unless you have a well-armed external midwife, whom everyone on the ground both fears and trusts to manage the transition. In Iraq, that was America. The kind of low-cost, remote-control, U.S./NATO midwifery that ousted Qaddafi and gave birth to a new Libya is not likely to be repeated in Syria. Syria is harder. Syria is Iraq.