Matthew Duss

Matthew Duss is a foreign policy analyst and a contributing writer for the Prospect. You can follow him on Twitter @mattduss.

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AT LEAST SHE DIDN'T MENTION THATCHER'S FEET...

I don't really know how to respond to Holy Dolphin Lady's paean to Margaret Thatcher except to say that I find Noonan's contention that there is one appropriate way for a woman to conduct herself in politics (carry a purse, eat beef, and govern like a mean daddy) to be utterly sexist, as well as transparently partisan: Thatcher supported policies Noonan liked; therefore, she is to be emulated by all female chief executives.

TALK TO IRAN

David Ignatius writes that Israel's former top spy believes that we need a less apocalypse-baiting approach to Iran:

"[Efraim] Halevy suggests that Israel should stop its jeremiads that Iran poses an existential threat to the Jewish state. The rhetoric is wrong, he contends, and it gets in the way of finding a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear problem.

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I DON'T THINK THAT ANECDOTE MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS.

Over at LGM, D handles this jaw-dropper of a column, in which Alan Dershowitz defends the utility of torture by arguing that it worked for the Nazis. Seriously.

Dersh:

"There are some who claim that torture is a nonissue because it never works--it only produces false information. This is simply not true, as evidenced by the many decent members of the French Resistance who, under Nazi torture, disclosed the locations of their closest friends and relatives."

D:

GETTING REAL WITH IRAN.

Trita Parsi corrects some of the misconceptions which have muddied the debate over Iran. Here's a significant one:

OH, THE AGONY OF BEING THE MELISSA RIVERS OF CONSERVATISM!

Getting quickly to the task of restoring Commentary's intellectual seriousness, newly enthroned editor-in-chief John Podhoretz calls Heather Hurlbert a "poseur" for writing this:

"I haven't posted lately because of a painful nerve problem in one arm. Even with Vicodin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxants and the occasional naughty glass of wine in my system, the Bush national security policy, progressive infighting, and the decline of our global standing hurt just as much, I'm sorry to say."

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