Saturday, August 25, 2007


(Via Atrios -> Digby)

Jonathon Chait at Joe Lieberman Weekly asks:

The approach reminds me a lot of Zell Miller's unhinged speech at the Republican Convention in 2004--which, as I said at the time, bore more than passing resemblance to the speeches of a certain Wisconsin senator who served during the 1950s. The only difference is that, unlike Miller, Kristol still has respectability in Washington. Kinda makes you wonder why.

As I've written before, it's not just Kristol but a whole passel of wingnuts who get taken seriously are given plenty of media exposure. (Via Atrios) Matt Yglesias, among many others, shares my view:

The crux of the matter is that we have here in Washington, DC a certain number of institutions working in the national security sphere that are essentially crackpot operations -- AEI, The Weekly Standard, the Project for a New American Century, and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies come to mind.

...a couple of ticks over to the left you have a series of basically establishmentarian organizations and individuals that, instead of doing what establishmentarian organizations are supposed to do and marginalize these crackpots, are mainstreaming them. The Saban Center at Brookings, CNN, and the opinion pages of The Washington Post are probably the biggest offenders here

Probably the best statement about this mess came not from a blogger or foreign policy SERIOUS PERSON but from an activist actor:

Tim Robbins: "If You Fuck Things Up You Can No Longer Be An Expert" [VIDEO]

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