Two hacks, no waiting.
To watch these two soft, wealthy, privileged cranks cheerfully sniffing each other's farts you would never guess that the United State has just limped away from the worst foreign policy debacle in American history, and that these men were two of that disaster's most enthusiastic cheerleaders.
The first, inevitable, David Brooks "Both Sides" razor in the apple is at around the 27:30 (emphasis added):
As we think about foreign affairs and maybe domestic policy too, we're trying to gauge how utopian, how aggressive, how assertive we could be. And I say we've screwed it up in two directions. George W. Bush was way too utopian aggresive. I think Barack Obama is way too minimalistic.
And striking that balance -- I don't know if you'd agree -- is still hanging out there."We" screwed up?
But of course it has to be "we" doesn't it. Barack Obama somehow has to be just as wrong as George W. Bush, or else someone might someday start asking how it is that Bush War cheerleadering cowards like David Brooks -- who have been so uniquely and horribly wrong about everything for so damn long -- have never been held to account for the uniquely horrible shit they have said and done.
And then, less than two minutes later, David Brooks shared his advice for non-David Brooks life forms on how to live virtuously:
If you're working on your resume, you want to invest in your strengths. If you're really good at math, work hard in math.Oh! Oh! Call on me! Puhleeeeeeeeze call on me!
If you're looking at your own internal life it seem to me the strategy is entirely opposite. You want to tackle your weaknesses. And you want to focus...what are the sins I commit? What are my characteristic sins?
Am I a pleaser? Am I a shallow. Am I a coward?
But they never did.
And they never will.
Because the illusion of Authority of Very Serious People is only maintained by making very, very sure that no one who would dare ask these discredited Neocon idiots a single, substantive question would be allowed anywhere near their mutual masturbation society.