Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Fighting Words

What would Monday mornings be these days without some fresh William Kristol absurdity on the New York Times OpEd page?

Today the accident-prone pundit chides Barack Obama for a "sin of omission" in a commencement speech urging graduates to enter public service without mentioning the military as an option:

"(A)t an elite Northeastern college campus, Obama obviously felt no need to disturb the placid atmosphere of easy self-congratulation. He felt no need to remind students of a different kind of public service--one that entails more risks than community organizing. He felt no need to tell the graduating seniors in the lovely groves of Middletown that they should be grateful to their peers who were far away facing dangers on behalf of their country."

Should they also be grateful for the armchair strategists who sent them there to prove a Neo-Con theory that turned out to be devastatingly wrong? Kristol and his cohorts have never been any closer to the fighting than a think tank, from which their guru, Dick Cheney, after multiple Vietnam deferments, led his toy soldiers into helping George Bush lie our way into Iraq.

Somebody at the Times should take away Kristol's wooden sword.

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