Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Art of Derision

Comments on the Iraq Study Group and its final report:

Eliot Cohen: A fatuous process yields, necessarily, fatuous results.

James Lileks: [following a summary of some of the proposals] All conducted under the watchful eyes of Unicorns, of course.

Hugh Hewitt: ... it immediately reminded me of the Hoare-Laval Agreement...
Christopher Hitchens: ... the first name in that pact is almost perfect, isn’t it?

Victor Davis Hanson: ... it reminds me of somebody who's diagnosed with, perhaps, a brain tumor, then wants to do hip surgery.

Victor Davis Hanson: I would not want these people issuing a report to Lincoln after Cold Harbor.

John Podhoretz: The nation's capital hasn't seen such concentrated wisdom in one place since Paris Hilton dined alone at the Hooters on Connecticut Avenue.

Mark Steyn: The ISG -- the Iraq Surrender Gran'pas

Jonah Goldberg: ... the report hits stratospheric heights of banality.

Jonah Goldberg: Baker did not seek to find a solution for Iraq at all. His mission was to stuff a grab bag with enough mundane blather that nine graybeards plus Sandra Day O’Connor could assent without really risking anything.

Mona Charen: If this document were not so unrealistic, it would amount to suing for terms.

Mona Charen: ... this report consists of platitudinous, utterly naïve wishful thinking.

Tony Blankley: ... a cynical document intended to build a political consensus for "honorable" surrender.

Tony Blankley: ... transparent sophism ...

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