NORMALLY A SCHOLAR IS PLEASED WHEN HER THEORY IS CONFIRMED...Mark Graber passes along this chilling story from the eminent political scientist Walter Murphy, author of the classic Elements of Judicial Strategy and many other major works (including a bestselling novel about a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who becomes Pope to boot!). As Murphy details the incident:
ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? Shockingly enough, assertions about operational connections between Iraq and al-Qaeda turn out to be ... completely bogus! Who would have thunk it? And just to pre-empt any claims that this is a strawman that nobody ever put forward as a justification for the war anyway, Glenn Reynolds thoughtfully compiled somelinks at the time to various conservative bloggers (in addition to himself) demanding more attention to Saddam's fictitious connections to al-Qaeda.
AND NANCY PELOSI IS GETTING A PASS FOR ATTACKING APPLE PIE AND FREEDOM! Mattdeals with the central abject idiocy in this post by Michael Goldfarb . Obviously, nobody is mocking McCain for having security when he tours Baghdad; they're (correctly) mocking him for claiming that walking around with a bulletproof vest, a hundred troops, and air cover could tell us anything meaningful about the security of Baghdad neighborhoods.