THE GOOD SPIN. Notwithstanding earlier positive remarks about the Post opinion page, they've chosen to run another David Ignatius column in which he simply repeats, utterly uncritically, whatever Zalmay Khalilzad told him yesterday afternoon. Spencer Ackerman gets at some of the issues, but I don't even understand why it's a good thing that new boss Jawad Maliki doesn't enjoy Ibrahim Jafari's close relationship with Iran. Unless you believe a priori that it's always better to ratchet-up tensions with Iran, isn't a deteriorating Iraq-Iran relationship merely going to further destabilize Iraq and further reduce the chances of finding a diplomatic resolution to the controversy over the Iranian nuclear program?

--Matthew Yglesias

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