Some Brief Wednesday Wingnuttia

The New York Times got a bunch of “experts” together here to figure out what questions they would ask Secretary of State Designate Hillary Clinton in her confirmation hearing yesterday (seemed to go well based on this, though, since we are talking about the Clintons, after all, our political-media-industrial complex must be allowed some brief hysterics).

And one of the writers appearing in the Times was the neocon simpatico Fouad Ajami, who wondered as follows…

1. In 1913, Woodrow Wilson appointed William Jennings Bryan secretary of state for solely domestic political reasons. He needed but distrusted him, and thus relied on other advisers to conduct diplomacy. Have you read up on Wilson’s relationship with Bryan, and will it be relevant to your own situation?

Uh…sorry – too much work to try and answer that question, and somehow I don’t think anybody cares.

3. You speak about the 1990s, President Bill Clinton’s era, as a time of peace and prosperity. Yet the ‘90s witnessed a steady trail of anti-American terrorism that emboldened Al Qaeda’s leaders. In the Clinton era, terrorism was generally viewed as a law enforcement problem. Did we really do so well in handling terrorism in the 1990s?

Uh…yep, considering this.


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