Monday, September 13, 2004

Still Stuck on Flypaper

I've mentioned before the surprising frequency with which those readers I usually respect as being rather well-reasoned intellectuals embrace the "flypaper" view of U.S. involvement in Iraq.

Josh Marshall (having an especially estute day) highlights just a few of the problems with the argument: "logically it is nonsensical; strategically it is moronic; morally, it is close to indefensible." He closes:

Knocking holes in this argument is really too easy and after a bit beside the point. The real problem with this argument is its proponents -- folks who seem inclined to put insipid wordplay above the lives of American soldiers and marines, indeed, above against the future security of the country itself.

It's NIMBYism followed to its logical, horrific, conclusion.

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