Taking David Brooks to the woodshed

Werther has a fine piece up at Electric Politics.

As an example of the sort of sloppy, tendentious journalism by which Brooks distinguishes himself, the column is merely typical. What is more interesting is the columnist’s lyrical invocation of sheer will power as the quality that will determine the outcome of the war [Afghanistan]. Believe in victory, he says, do not be distracted by any other consideration, and victory will be ours. Lack of will, by contrast, is a synonym for “defeatist.” This sort of faux-Churchillian preening is a particular characteristic of neoconservative chickenhawks, but it is also key to understanding the psychology of the Right Wing more broadly.

Read the rest…


~ by Lex on November 6, 2009.

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