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By Matthew Yglesias on November 3, 2006 at 3:07 pm

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Bob Wright and Henry Farrell eviscerate the Noah Feldman article on Iran that so upset me earlier. Thinking about this more, it’s worth saying that Feldman’s is far from the worst article that’s appeared on this issue. What makes it so troubling is that even though it doesn’t reach a Weekly Standard level of egregiousness, it appeared in The New York Times Magazine and seems to me to represent a kind of creepy hawk infiltration of mainstream opinion. As Farrell says, “he’s trying to establish a case not by argument, but by innuendo” and he’s doing it in a publication whose audience I imagine is mostly liberal and will probably regard the source as credible.

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