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Krauthammer’s War

By Matthew Yglesias

"Krauthammer’s War"

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Naturally, Charles Krauthammer thinks we should start a war with Iran. Why anyone would pay attention to the man who proclaimed Iran “months away” from a nuclear bomb in January I couldn’t say. There was also this hilarious moment in April 2003: “Hans Blix had five months to find weapons. He found nothing. We’ve had five weeks. Come back to me in five months. If we haven’t found any, we will have a credibility problem.”

So he has a credibility problem. And various reading comprehension problems. The Klein / Rosenfeld tag team at Tapped does a good job of demolishing most of this, but there’s more. Consider: “The mullahs are infinitely more likely to use these weapons than anyone in the history of the nuclear age.” Infinitely more likely than . . . Harry Truman? Just a little sloppy writing and foregetfulness, I imagine, but it’s still pretty bizarre to think that someone would be so slipshod with their own column in a widely read newspaper. It’s also, I think, indicative of a generally slipshod approach to the world, an inattention to detail and Krauthammer’s trademark casual disregard for the truth.

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