Are You "Serious?"

Glenn Greenwald continues to pull down Joe Klein's pants and I have little to add to what Glenn has written.

But this part struck me:

Several days ago, I referenced a Joe Klein post from January in which he called Paul Krugman an "ill-informed dilettante" and said Krugman made "a fool of himself" when Krugman argued against the Surge. Illustrating the Virtues of Beltway Seriousness, Klein complained that Krugman failed to study the Complex, Important Issues surroudning the Surge, unlike Serious Analysts like himself, Bill Kristol and Fred Kagan . . . After I posted that, I received an email from Krugman pointing out that -- directly contrary to what Klein accused him of -- Krugman had written a column months earlier, entitled "Arithmetic of Failure," discussing the military doctrine of counterinsurgency, and explaining why it was impossible for the U.S. military to succeed with this strategy. . .

What more can be said about Joe Klein World than the notion he espouses that he, a Beltway Gasbag, is a "serious" person while Paul Krugman, Princeton Economics professor, is not. Klein has lost all connection to reality.

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    if profanity (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by taylormattd on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 03:34:49 PM EST
    were allowed here, I would say that simply put, Joe Klein is a f---ing moron.

    Well, he is... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 03:54:54 PM EST
    But on Klein's side of the mirror reality is "irresponsible and frankly naive", so he probably wouldn't get it.

    How horrible (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:21:00 PM EST
    I didn't know Joe said that about tactical nukes not being off the table for Iran......and he considers himself serious and little folk like me and mine not serious.  There were two times when my husband said he lived in grave contemplation about being a U.S. soldier.  One was right before Haditha when the military was sort of nuts and nobody seemed to notice.  After Haditha was acknowledged and everybody sort of woke up my husband said that he knew he would be safe disobeying illegals orders in Iraq, before that blow up he had his doubts.  The second time was when the Bush Administration said that they considered using tactical nukes against Iran appropriate and plausible.  If only my husband were as serious as Joe Klein, what a MAN I would have.

    And, if you're not 'serious' you must be (none / 0) (#2)
    by Geekesque on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:32:34 PM EST
    'irresponsible and frankly naive.'

    Of course (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by andgarden on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:46:36 PM EST
    and that's everyone but me. :-p

    Klein and the WaPo gang (none / 0) (#4)
    by koshembos on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:48:56 PM EST
    The similarity of Klein and the Broder/Hiatt gang opinions on the Iraq war hints to a common thread that unifies otherwise decent, though not good, journalists. Namely, there might be a conflict of interest between independent opinions and monetary or social gains members of this gang attain.

    Simply put, this gang may make tons of money from talks to right wing groups and this money will go up in smoke if they'll oppose the surge.