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Friday, August 16, 2002

The NY Times Boldly Illustrates the "Beinart Effect"

Peter Beinart of the TNR observes, as Michael Pine noted yesterday, that some Republicans favor war on Iraq, but Democrats are coming out strongly in favor of... more debate. This "can we talk" approach is vividly illustrated yet again on the editorial page of today's Times. Their call to arms:

"Mr. Scowcroft's concerns about attacking Iraq, aired yesterday in an op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal, were the equivalent of a cannon shot across the White House lawn. The piece should erase any doubt about the need for a national debate on Iraq."

And then some hand-wringing. Look, I'm sympathetic, I'm hand-wringing too. But this Alphonse and Gaston pose at the Times is getting to be a bit much.

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