(via Ezra)

Briefly: America simply cannot afford to have as president a man so utterly clueless about the nature of Islamism, and how so much of its appeal lies in its ethic of resistance to Western encroachment, as to blithely suggest that the U.S. stay in Iraq for "a hundred years." The last seven have shown how much damage to America's interests can be wrought by a president who wandered aimlessly into imperialism. I think we really don't want to find out how much can be wrought by a president who embraces it wholeheartedly.

--Matthew Duss