ling the hyperbole of the anti-war Left than most. I just hope, against experience, that the same people who piled on those efforts will show similar enthusiasm for criticizing noxious, morally equivalent bullshit emanating from those whose politics more closely mirrors their own.

As for this "waiting period" ... I don't know, maybe it's because I'm busy moving into a new house, and haven't been reading the newspaper very closely, and haven't been watching tellie ... but I don't find it so maddening. I suppose if I was gung-ho about military invention my attitude might be different, but even then I'd want the troops to be fully deployed first.

Posted by: Matt Welch at March 11, 2003 12:16 PM

Matt (Welch):

Look, I think Perle was W-R-O-N-G to compare Hersh to a terrorist. I DON'T think it would've been bad for him to mention some of Hersh's past mistakes (iirc, Hersh also claimed that Barry McCaffrey ordered a war crime on Iraqi soldiers surrendering, a coupla years ago). Hersh's track record, from what I've read, is uneven; at times really ground-breaking, at times looking like someone desperate to break the new My Lai or equivalent.

That being said, I agree that what's good for the goose should be good for the gander, i.e., hyperbole should be condemned, whatever the source.

As for the war and waiting, well, congrats on the house, but for some in DC, I'd venture that we'd really like to see it resolved, one way or the other. Which DOESN'T necessarily mean going to war---but ending the "tomorrow, perhaps next week, well, maybe month after".

Posted by: Dean at March 11, 2003 04:16 PM

Hersh is close to a jouralistic terrorist "...[b]ecause he's widely irresponsible..."?!

If "wide irresponsibility" is the standard for being terroristic, then--based on all of his crazy talk in the past year--Perle is the closest thing we have to a terroristic American self-aggrandizing blowhard.

Pretty snippy response for a simple observation...makes me think there must be something more to it.

Posted by: John K. at March 11, 2003 06:05 PM
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