Matt Taibbi's latest blog post is one you might easily miss during the rush of the last-minute Xmas frenzy, but it is a must read. In one piece, Taibbi delightfully ridicules David Brooks' servility to power and demolishes the Manichean rationale for our post-WWII foreign wars that Brooks and other paper tigers sell.
Brooks is a perfect example of the kind of spineless Beltway geek we always see beating the war drum at times like these. It’s because nebbishly little dorks like Brooks and Paul Wolfowitz and David Frum got their books dumped in high school that we end up dropping daisy cutters on Afghan sheep herds and shipping working class American kids halfway around the world to get their nuts blown off. That sounds like a simplistic explanation, but anyone who doesn’t have a keen ear for the pencil-pusher’s eternal quest for macho cred is going to have a hard time understanding Washington politics. Brooks’s columns have always been the easiest way to take the pulse of that particular dynamic, and it sure seems now that bureaucratic momentum for intervention and more intervention is re-inflating the chests of these Beltway generals.