464 PAGES OF OLD MEN PLEASURING THEMSELVES. That would have been a more appropriate title for Peter Beinart’s entirely too-kind review of the new cri de wars by Norman Podhoretz and Michael Ledeen. While Beinart capably dismantles the two mens' war-porn, the review is shot through with his desire to maintain his reputation as a serious, reasonable liberal by treating conservative ideas as if they were serious and reasonable, and Podhoretz's and Ledeen's ideas are neither.
THE TRANSMITTER.William F. Buckley praises Norman Podhoretz's World War IV, in which Rudy Giulani's foreign policy brain essentially argues that we should give bin Laden exactly what he wants, which is a war between Islam and the West.
BAD SCIENCE, GOOD POLITICS.Ezra'sposts on supply-side crackpottery reminded me of its similarity to another brand of crackpottery, intelligent design, specifically the way that supply-side theory and ID are both essentially cultural/political arguments dressed up as science.