I predict that, pound for pound, nothing else I read or see or hear this week will top the grotesque hilarity of the following nine words from Mr. David Brooks:
I help teach a grand strategy course at Yale...
Wow. And since we know that since the post-Bush David Brooks is biologically and contractually incapable of writing any column expressing any opinion on any subject without a big, steaming load of Both Siderism right in the middle, you will be unsurprised to find this razor in the apple (emphasis added):
The weakness with any democratic foreign policy is the problem of motivation. How do you get the electorate to support the constant burden of defending the liberal system?
It was barely possible when we were facing an obviously menacing foe like the Soviet Union. But it’s harder when the system is being gouged by a hundred sub-threshold threats. The Republicans seem to have given up global agreements that form the fabric of that system, while Democrats are slashing the defense budget that undergirds it.
You know, once upon a time, either Harlan Ellison or Hunter Thompson suggested that the most karmically apt fate post-resignation Richard Nixon deserved was to be shackled hand-and-foot and perp-walked in sackcloth and dung through every American city and town as he was mocked and laughed at and spit on by children. After that he would be chained to a block in the public square and every American would entitled to one slap.
If you lost a limb or a loved one in Vietnam, you could use your closed fist.
Now I would not presume to judge what level of karmic justice Mr. Brooks has coming to him. Nor can I say in what way it should manifest itself. But I can say that if this Bush-humping, Iraq-War-Pimping Neocon's participation in teaching a Grand Strategy course at an American Ivy League university does not at least involve being forced to sit in a glass booth wearing this button --
-- while students take turns reading aloud from giant, FoamCore enlargement of his infamous "National Greatness", "Jewels of Nuance" and "Dream Palaces" columns that are helpfully arrayed on the wall behind him, then the Moms and Dads who are spending small fortunes to send their kids to Yale really aren't getting their money's worth.