MAGAZINE BLOG FEUD:...

MAGAZINE BLOG FEUD: NOW WITH POLICY SUBSTANCE. I'm afraid the Lawrence Kaplan post on Kerry and Iraq that Ezra mentioned below is actually way, way, way worse than Ezra's post would lead you to believe. The thing of it is that the article Kaplan links to is a clear-cut piece of evidence against his basic view of the Iraq War and a strong piece of evidence in favor of the Spencer Ackerman line that a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq is a "prerequisite for success." Read the lede:

Eleven Sunni insurgent groups have offered an immediate halt to all attacks � including those on American troops � if the United States agrees to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq in two years, insurgent and government officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The upshot of this article is, of course, that the United States should agree to a timeline for the withdrawal of forces. The Kaplan Perpetual War plan is, in other words, totally wrong, as is the series of posts he's written recently mocking Democrats for refusing to "admit" that they're defeatists. But all he can see in this crucial news development is an excuse to . . . spend more time mocking John Kerry.

--Matthew Yglesias

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