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[ 18 ] June 30, 2008 |

Last week, my summer class ended the term with a showing of All the President’s Men, which prompted one of the students — who is, unlike me, old enough to remember Watergate with more than a toddler’s sophistication — to remark on how insane it was to see many of the Nixon conspirators recover enough of their reputations to be taken seriously as public figures over the next several decades. It’s a point that’s been made ten thousand times before, but it never gets old.

Three decades from now, I expect I’ll be able to offer a more or less similar observation when names like Paul Wolfowitz come up in the course of discussion. Though it’s axiomatic that the WSJ opinion pages serve as a rolling open mic for shitheads, I’m unable to comprehend why anyone would allow anything like this to pass through the gauntlet of laughter that even the best of Wolfowitz’s ideas deserve:

Given the strength and ruthlessness of the [Mugabe] regime, change will not come easily. Nevertheless, developing a concrete vision for the future would help to rally the people of Zimbabwe around a long-term effort to achieve a peaceful transition. It would give Mr. Tsvangirai important negotiating leverage. And it could attract disaffected members of the regime.

Most importantly, dramatic action by the international community could embolden other Africans to confront the tragedy in their backyard.

Because if Wolfowitz’s “international community” has anything for which to congratulate itself, it’s the development of a concrete vision for African development. And if the past five years have taught us anything, it’s that “dramatic action” by the same “international community” has produced durable and worthwhile transformations in other parts of the world. All that’s missing is a Weekly Standard editorial demanding that “Mugabe Must Go.”

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  1. cornbread says:

    But…but…you said you wouldn’t be blogging, buttercup! I thought I’d be spending less time trolling and more time on my traffic exchange websites like lotsmorehits.com, prohitsplus.com, and gladiatorhits.com*
    I even did a blog post about it!**
    “D” is a big poopyhead, and nobody likes him!
    american power! LOL ROTFLMFAO! emoticons! john mccain is the bomb diggy diggy bomb bomb diggy!
    /Americaneocon
    *actual websites used by ameridonaldocon to boost his sitemeter!
    ** by blog post, this means cutting and pasting an entire article while adding a line of commentary saying it proves an argument he made earlier, providing a link to said earlier argument which is again nothing but an entire article cut and pasted.

  2. cornbread says:

    But…but…you said you wouldn’t be blogging, buttercup! I thought I’d be spending less time trolling and more time on my traffic exchange websites like lotsmorehits.com, prohitsplus.com, and gladiatorhits.com*
    I even did a blog post about it!**
    “D” is a big poopyhead, and nobody likes him!
    american power! LOL ROTFLMFAO! emoticons! john mccain is the bomb diggy diggy bomb bomb diggy!
    /Americaneocon
    *actual websites used by ameridonaldocon to boost his sitemeter!
    ** by blog post, this means cutting and pasting an entire article while adding a line of commentary saying it proves an argument he made earlier, providing a link to said earlier argument which is again nothing but an entire article cut and pasted.

  3. cornbread says:

    But…but…you said you wouldn’t be blogging, buttercup! I thought I’d be spending less time trolling and more time on my traffic exchange websites like lotsmorehits.com, prohitsplus.com, and gladiatorhits.com*
    I even did a blog post about it!**
    “D” is a big poopyhead, and nobody likes him!
    american power! LOL ROTFLMFAO! emoticons! john mccain is the bomb diggy diggy bomb bomb diggy!
    /Americaneocon
    *actual websites used by ameridonaldocon to boost his sitemeter!
    ** by blog post, this means cutting and pasting an entire article while adding a line of commentary saying it proves an argument he made earlier, providing a link to said earlier argument which is again nothing but an entire article cut and pasted.

  4. Rob says:

    The big thing of course is that the major players were the “right” kind of people.

  5. Rob says:

    The big thing of course is that the major players were the “right” kind of people.

  6. Rob says:

    The big thing of course is that the major players were the “right” kind of people.

  7. Hedley Lamarr says:

    Worst in my book is Charles “stir” Colson, who has gone on religion and “Faith” at the WaPo.

  8. Hedley Lamarr says:

    Worst in my book is Charles “stir” Colson, who has gone on religion and “Faith” at the WaPo.

  9. Hedley Lamarr says:

    Worst in my book is Charles “stir” Colson, who has gone on religion and “Faith” at the WaPo.

  10. Matt Weiner says:

    And who utterly slimed Mark Felt, as if he were in a position to judge Felt rather than vice versa.

  11. Matt Weiner says:

    And who utterly slimed Mark Felt, as if he were in a position to judge Felt rather than vice versa.

  12. Matt Weiner says:

    And who utterly slimed Mark Felt, as if he were in a position to judge Felt rather than vice versa.

  13. aimai says:

    Here is where the recent research on how false information gets transmuted into strongy held beliefs dovetails with the hiring practices of major media outlets. You see, if you were paying attention Douglas Feith, Wolfowitz, et al were all shown to be utter morons quite a while ago, since they were not only wrong about everything they were publicly and repeatedly wrong about things they claimed to have studied. But from the point of view of the media barons, and the innocnt viewer of the “news with the sound turned off” they were simply there, commenting on current events. The more often we saw them, the more credibility they received from just standing around while cameras were running. Expect to see them resuscitated, rejuvenated and rehired as pundits with no one the wiser, except those of us who long ago turned off the Tv entirely. Just like Daniel Schorr doubles as an actual journalist when he can barely dribble into a cup.
    aimai

  14. aimai says:

    Here is where the recent research on how false information gets transmuted into strongy held beliefs dovetails with the hiring practices of major media outlets. You see, if you were paying attention Douglas Feith, Wolfowitz, et al were all shown to be utter morons quite a while ago, since they were not only wrong about everything they were publicly and repeatedly wrong about things they claimed to have studied. But from the point of view of the media barons, and the innocnt viewer of the “news with the sound turned off” they were simply there, commenting on current events. The more often we saw them, the more credibility they received from just standing around while cameras were running. Expect to see them resuscitated, rejuvenated and rehired as pundits with no one the wiser, except those of us who long ago turned off the Tv entirely. Just like Daniel Schorr doubles as an actual journalist when he can barely dribble into a cup.
    aimai

  15. aimai says:

    Here is where the recent research on how false information gets transmuted into strongy held beliefs dovetails with the hiring practices of major media outlets. You see, if you were paying attention Douglas Feith, Wolfowitz, et al were all shown to be utter morons quite a while ago, since they were not only wrong about everything they were publicly and repeatedly wrong about things they claimed to have studied. But from the point of view of the media barons, and the innocnt viewer of the “news with the sound turned off” they were simply there, commenting on current events. The more often we saw them, the more credibility they received from just standing around while cameras were running. Expect to see them resuscitated, rejuvenated and rehired as pundits with no one the wiser, except those of us who long ago turned off the Tv entirely. Just like Daniel Schorr doubles as an actual journalist when he can barely dribble into a cup.
    aimai

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