Bobo on the editorial page

According to Drudge ( I know) the New York Times will be adding Weekly Standard Senior Editor David Brooks to its editorial stable.

David Brooks named an Op-Ed page columnist for The NY Times. His column will appear twice a week beginning in early September…

Meaning that the NY Times is following in the steps of MSNBC by hiring a conservative in a faded effort shed the false stigma of being “liberal”. Brooks is a broadbrush painter who thinks he’s a pointillist, wheeling out easy targets ike Noam Chomsky and Jane Fonda (!) to liven up his strawman dances.

Frances FitzGerald recently wrote a long essay in the New York Review of Books headlined on the cover “Bush and War.” In the piece FitzGerald portrays the Bush foreign policy team as a coterie of superhawks driven by a fierce ideological desire to act unilaterally. This unilateralism leads the Bush advisers, FitzGerald asserts, to see or invent enemies, such as Saddam Hussein. “If one decides to go it alone without allies or reliance on the rule of law, it is natural to see danger abroad.”

If you are a writer setting out to evaluate the Bush foreign policy team and its longstanding worries about Saddam, it would seem reasonable to measure whether or not those fears are justified or exaggerated. This is Journalism, or Scholarship, 101. But this is the question FitzGerald cannot ask, because that would require her to enter the forbidden territory of Saddam himself. FitzGerald raises the possibility that war against Saddam might lead to a Palestinian revolt in Jordan, oil shortages, and terrorist attacks. She mentions the daunting cost and scope of an American occupation of Iraq. She approvingly quotes Brent Scowcroft’s warning that taking action against Saddam would inflame the Arab world and destroy the coalition that we need to wage war on al Qaeda. But what of the risks of doing nothing? This issue she does not touch. This is the issue that must remain shrouded in the fog of peace.

FitzGerald, of course, won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize for her classic Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam. Brooks is famous for Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, a gawking, finger-pointing study of a class that he yearns to be a part of. Imagine a more political Dominick Dunne and you get the idea.

So it looks like Brooks gets called up to “the show” while a crushed Andrew Sullivan weeps into his latte. Always a bridesmaid……



Yeah. Like I would tell you....