Matthew Duss

Matthew Duss is a foreign policy analyst and a contributing writer for the Prospect. You can follow him on Twitter @mattduss.

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ONE IS ENOUGH FOR EVERYBODY.

I'm telling you, reading the office copy of Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism is like touring Willie Wonka's factory: A new, wonderful surprise awaits around every corner. Except instead of treats and sweeties, there are big, steaming piles of right-wing cant. Using the Jonah-vator (it goes sideways and slantways and longways and backways and squareways and front ways and any other ways that you can think of!) you can find this stuff just by skipping around at random. Whoa! Here we are on pg. 254, in the chapter entitled "Liberal Racism: The Eugenic Ghost in the Fascist Machine":

THEM IRANIANS, THEY WAS COMIN' AROUND...

As part of the Weekly Standard's ongoing effort cast blame on Iran (and, whenever possible, the Democrats) for the fact that reality has not cooperated with Bill Kristol's bong-hit fantasies about the salutary regional effects of an American invasion of Iraq , Jonathan Karl suggests that Iraq's refusal to send a representative to the Annapolis conference is due to...the pernicious influence of Iran:

SCARED AND ANGRY IS NO WAY TO GO THROUGH LIFE, SON.

With all the attention being paid to Jonah Goldberg's forthcoming very serious, thoughtful argument that has never been made in such detail or with such care, it's easy to forget that Goldberg also makes transparently ridiculous arguments about lots of things that have nothing to do with misrepresenting the nature and history of fascism.

"QATIF GIRL" PARDONED.

Saudi King Abdullah has pardoned "Qatif girl," the young Saudi Shia woman who was kidnapped and raped, then sentenced to 90 lashes for the crime of being alone with a man to whom she was not related, then sentenced to prison time and an additional 200 lashes for appealing the first sentence.

The "Qatif girl" case caused an international outcry with widespread criticism of the Saudi justice system.

The male and female victims were in a car together when they were abducted and raped by seven attackers, who were given jail sentences up to nine years.

Press reports say King Abdullah's move did not mean the sentence was wrong.

THIS IS WHAT THE SURGE'S SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE.

This article in yesterday's Washington Post on Iraqi refugees returning to Baghdad was accompanied by this graphic of the new sectarian make-up of the city. Comparing Baghdad's sectarian distribution in April 2006 to November 2007, we see a city completely transformed, with a majority of the formerly mixed neighborhoods now taken over by Shi'is, most of them supported by the guns of Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army.

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