Thursday, August 21, 2003

Matt Yglesias reports on a new meme running through certain parts of Right Blogistan that runs like this: the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad is a sign of the success of our policies in Iraq. The Ba'athists have been so weakened that they are no longer attacking our troops and must go after "softer" targets like the UN and aid workers. This their desperate last gasp. We have them on the ropes. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Josh Marshall and Matt's commenters do a fine job of destroying the meme, so I don't need to do so here. My question is this: can the use of such an agreement be viewed as a success for the rhetorical arguments of the left/anti-war crowd? The right/pro-war crowd is showing their desperation by trotting out progressively stupider apologies for the administration's foreign "policy."

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