THE IRAN CONNECTION.Ezra and Matt express skepticism about the new Michael Gordon-penned piece on Iran's supply of bombs used against U.S. troops in Iraq. Gareth Porterhas written recently about another such story of Iranian meddling that rested on pretty thin evidence.
IVO DAALDER.Jon Chaitlinks to this op-ed by Robert Kagan and Ivo Daalder proposing a "Concert of Democracies" to lend legitimacy to American interventions. Mattraises some compelling objections to the notion, but the broader merits of the concept aside, this from Chait caught my attention: "[The op-ed is] interesting not so much for what it says but for who says it.
ELEVATING THE DISCUSSION. The AP's David Yepsendid indeed get in a quick acerbic dig at yesterday's GOP presidential debate after Rudy Giuliani said his plan to rebuild America's infrastructure would be to cut taxes. It didn't seem like it registered among any of the contenders, though. Giuliani's answer typified the rock-hard commitment to vacuous conservative nostrums and inane dogma that the candidates have ably maintained in debate after debate. I keep waiting to see that commitment break somewhere, sometime, from one of these guys (Ron Paul excepted), but it hasn't happened.