Simple Answers to Simple Questions

In response to Bill Kristol’s latest factually challenged op-ed in the New York Times, Ta-Nehisi Coates asks:

“Isn’t this the Affirmative Action of upper-crust white privilege?”

Yes. This has been another addition of simple answers to simple questions (a bit wholly ripped off from Atrios).

More importantly, the fact that pundits who have been as consistently wrong as Bill Kristol and Fred Kagan still have highly visible perches from which they can spew their ignorance is frustrating because if these guys didn’t have influential fathers, nobody would give them the time of day. The enduring prominince these men enjoy is no doubt the byproduct of what’s been called “wingnut welfare”. It’s the golden parachute provided to folks like Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz after getting busted for engaging in political hit jobs or for helping drive the nation into an unnecessary war (and mismanaging the World Bank in Wolfowitz’s case). Hell, the American Enterprise Institute is like wingnut welfare central (it’s currently home to Fred Kagan, Wolfowitz, Lynne Cheney, John Bolton, Michael Leeden, Richard Perle, and John Yoo, among others). Looking at that list, I’m reminded of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s description of the Mos Eisley spaceport in Star Wars: “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” On a less flippant note, though, many of these people are considered “serious” by the powers that be. They are informed and we’re supposed to listen to them. However, given their collective track record (especially in regards to Iraq) they shouldn’t be let near a managerial position at a fast food joint, much less allowed to opine on issues like national security in public forums. It’s also kind of sad because there are some great progressive voices (Matt Yglesias on international relations, Ezra Klein on health care, Spencer Ackerman on national security, Glenn Greenwald on constitutional issues, Digby on…well, everything) and those voices really need to be heard but they (with the exception of perhaps Greenwald, Klein and Yglesias) don’t have half the platform those failed charlatans at the AEI do.

If you’re bored, check out Sadly, No’s! list of “wingnut welfare mama’s”.

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~ by uvasig on May 20, 2008.

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