"WINNING THE CRITICAL WAR OF WILL." Via K-Lo, Fred Thompson endorses the Green Lantern theory of foreign policy in his response to Harry Reid's critique of General Peter Pace.

Harry Reid, though, has taken a different route. He made his statement about General Pace on a conference call with fringe elements of the blogosphere who think we're the bad guys. This is a place where even those who think the 9/11 attacks were an inside job find a home ...

But Reid's comments are not meant for logical analysis. He proclaimed the war lost some time ago, and the surge as a failure even before the additional troops were on the ground. The problem is that every one of Reid's comments I've noted here has also been reported gleefully by Al Jazeera and other anti-American media. Whether he means to or not, he's encouraging our enemies to believe that they are winning the critical war of will.

Lovely stuff. Josh Marshall had some good advice yesterday about not getting sucked into moronic rhetorical bait-and-switch debates along these lines. I would like to hear from Thompson, however, specifically which bloggers on the Reid call believe that 9/11 was an inside job.

--Sam Rosenfeld