Following up on Spencer Ackerman's very good article, I think it's important to understand that, while President Bush will of course treat any good news from Iraq as a vindication of his own "steadfastness," the tribal revolt was unforeseen by anyone who took part in planning the surge, and essentially fell into our laps. Through their brutality, arrogance, and disrespect for Iraqi tribal customs, al-Qaeda apparently drove their former hosts to revolt. To General Petraeus' credit, he seems to have quickly grasped what was going on and used the resources given to him for the surge to exploit this development.
Next week is IslamoFascism Awareness Week, David Horowitz's latest temper tantrum against the American university system for not recognizing his genius and offering him tenure. Advising the young conservative faithful to gird their loins for next week's battles, Horowitz typifies neoconservatives' tendency to present differences of ideas in the language of combat:
Testily responding to Andrew Sullivan's charge that John "The Melissa Rivers of Conservatism" Podhoretz's being hired as the editor of the magazine that his father edited for almost 35 years is the result of nepotism, David Frumwrites:
"Norman retired from the magazine 12 years ago. He has no power to hire or fire editors. The hiring of John was proposed by the current editor, Neal Kozodoy, who is no relation to John.