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Cockburn invictus

By Owen Paine on Thursday March 29, 2007 02:56 PM

Whats the word of a parlor radical worth? When exposing parlor warriors, it can be just about priceless -- vide Alex C on the tin drummers of Baghdad


It's really quite a fine roundup and pranging session. The notables include not just that "platoon of neocons, as potent in historical influence as were supposedly the Knights Templar," but the NYT's very wonderful Judith Miller and Chinese Gordon and Flat Iron Friedman, the New Yorker's pecksniff, Ruby Goldbug, that drunken scag cat Hitchens, "mini-pundits" Todd Gitlin and Michael Berube, and other delightful enabling jugglers and knaves.

And the narrative interweave? A specimen:

...not long after the March, 2003 attack [on Iraq], "Thumpingly blind to the war's virtues" was the head on a Paul Berman op-ed piece in February, 2004. Christopher Hitchens lurched regularly onto Hardball to hurl abuse at critics of the war.
(I wish my prose lurched and thumped so gracefully.)
Sometimes I dream of them, -- Friedman, Hitchens, Berman -- like characters in a Beckett play, buried up to their necks in a rubbish dump on the edge of Baghdad, reciting their columns to each other as the local women turn over the corpses to see if one of them is her husband or her son.
Alex, you're too often aces.

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i'm too proud to fight


gloss windows
are not on my to do list


"There is such a thing
as a man being too proud to fight;
there is such a thing
as a nation being so right
that it does not need
to convince others by force
that it is right."
st woody
Speech in Philadelphia, May 10, 1915

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