Thursday, April 10, 2008


Matt's reaction to the Post's editorial makes a lot of sense to me, but it's almost a relief, given that the Wall Street Journal wrote what my editor allowed my to rightly term the "most clueless graf ever."

As General David Petraeus briefs Congress this week on Iraq, it's clear his surge has achieved remarkable results. The most crucial is that the U.S. can no longer be defeated militarily in Iraq, which could not be said a year ago. The question now is whether Washington will squander these gains by withdrawing so quickly that we could still lose politically.

I have more here on this brain-meltingly dumb editorial. It's pretty clear that the next time Petraeus comes to the Hill, if in fact he does, he'll traffic in the same set of obfuscations and these editorial boards will enjoy the whole intellectual exercise of spinning gold out of pure illogic and non-thought. The only question that will remain is how many Friedman units can they get through before they have to backtrack and pretend they were saying the opposite all along. By the looks of things, the Journal is in for the long haul.

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