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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THE LIGHTS ARE GROWING DIM.

More surgenik propaganda from Noemie Emery : "Eagerly anticipating the defeat in Iraq to which they are so much attached, some on the left have also been preparing for another contingency: the assault that they think they see coming, a drive to pin the whole wretched failure on them. Apparently, this will be "stab in the back" redux, a new iteration of the theme deployed so successfully in interwar Germany by a resourceful, ambitious Austrian corporal, who managed to propel his rise to power with the claim that World War I would have been won by his country, if not for sinister forces at home. Then, it was subversion by Jews and other disloyal elements. This time, in the left's imagining, the blame will fall on the press and the Democrats who, by pulling the plug at just the wrong moment, caused the loss of Iraq." One has to be impressed at how Emery can mock Democrats for being wary of the "stab in the back" charge in a piece entirely built around the offensive assertion that...

THE WORST OF BUSH, ONLY WORSER.

According to a couple of recent Washington Post items, it seems that perpetual war isn't the only policy of George W. Bush 's that Rudy Giuliani wants to give us more of. Apparently, Rudy shares Dubya's habit of installing people with questionable qualifications but unquestioning loyalty in key administration positions: "While some of his original appointments to high-level city jobs were well regarded, these critics describe a pattern in which capable appointees either quit or were pushed out, leaving the top levels of the Giuliani administration increasingly populated by friends and close associates. Some of the later appointees became shrouded in scandal, including Bernard B. Kerik, the former police commissioner indicted this month on 16 counts of corruption, mail and tax fraud, obstruction of justice, and lying to the government. [...] Hiring political allies for top jobs has a long history in city government, and Giuliani was hardly the first mayor of New York to bring along...

IN THE INTEREST OF GETTING GOOD AND THANKFUL

Here's one of my favorite recipes: Wild Turkey Apricot Stuffing Bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon 1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup golden raisins medium onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans loaf of white bread, cubed 7 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock Soak apricots and raisins in 1/3 cup bourbon overnight. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat veggie stock in sauce pot, melt in 5 tablespoons butter. Pour two fingers of bourbon into a lowball glass, add a squirt of water. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet, add onion, celery, garlic, occasionally tossing artfully while sipping drink until onion is slightly carmelized. Add all ingredients in large mixing bowl, mix well but don't pulverize. Spoon mixture into casserole pan or pot, tamp down gently, bake for 35-45 minutes or until top browns slightly. Chase with water, if desired. --Matthew Duss

"THE MASTER SWORDSMAN OF DOLCHSTOSS."

( Via Publius ) Glenn Reynolds : "If, as seems likely, Iraq succeeds, Republicans will be able to say it was in spite of the Democrats' efforts. If, as remains possible, it fails, Republicans will be able to say it was because of the Democrats' efforts." Usually, people attempting to advance staggeringly disingenuous political arguments don't broadcast it like this, but, unfortunately, whatever points Reynolds may have gotten for candor are entirely canceled out by his only being candid about his intention to be dishonest. Eric Martin unpacks Reynolds' nonsense: "What remarkable analysis. Without definining, or even hinting at the definition of "success," Reynolds breezily sweeps aside myriad factors that have contributed to the failure of the Iraq endeavor to leave the blame solely at the feet of the Democrats. Not satisfied to leave the Dems on the hook for failure, Reynolds suggests that even if Iraq does succeed, we could still blame the Democrats for its near-failure. The troops...

IN WHICH I GO FROM SYD BARRETT TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERS IN THREE

Tom Stoppard talks about how Syd Barrett partly inspired his new play, Rock 'n' Roll , which deals with young Czechoslovaks in the late 60's, turned on by Western culture and music, negotiating their identities under a suffocating Communist dictatorship. Fred Kaplan uses Stoppard's play to ask whether this phenomenon could repeat itself in America's relationship with Arab publics. "What inspired many of the Eastern bloc dissidents during the Cold War—what they found so alluring about the West—was not so much our market capitalism or parliamentary democracy; still less was it our government's policies. It was the insouciant freedom of our culture. It was our rock 'n' roll. [...] What does America have going for it now? What could we send out to the world that might have the same impact on, say, Arabs and Muslims today that rock, jazz, and B-movies had on Russians and Europeans during the Cold War?" Kaplan notes an important difference between then and now: "Since the world was divided...

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