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Quotation

The disaster they helped create is so urgent, they claim, that we can’t waste time arguing about why the disaster exists in the first place. Their argument for taking them seriously is to ignore everything they’ve said up to this point. For neoconservative pundits, it’s a sort of guaranteed job security: push for armed conflict, and if it descends into chaos then that’s just another reason to push for more armed conflict.

— Simon Maloy, taking aim at the Sunday morning talk shows and op-ed pages for Salon (Stop treating war-crazy buffoons as experts! They got it wrong, remember?)