Glenn Greenwald Slams David Brooks

David Brooks has decided to become a real journalist and do some investigating on the war in Afghanistan he has cheer led. And by real journalism, he means calling up lots of people who agree with him. Glenn Greenwald is not impressed:

In a shocking coincidence, the views of these unnamed, handpicked, anonymous “experts”all happen to coincide perfectly with Brooks’s own warrior views

and, more generally, with clich├ęd neoconservative pablum:Obama must

prove that he’s just like Churchill and Lincoln — that he possesses

the toughness and determination that tough guy War Presidents

exude:”tenacity, the ability to fixate on a simple conviction and

grip it, viscerally and unflinchingly, through complexity and

confusion” — which can only happen if he escalates the war in

Afghanistan.If he doesn’t do that, it will that proveObama is weak

and too “intellectually sophisticated” to be a real War President.

Update: Just a thought – wouldn’t it show more fortitude for a war time President to do the politically difficult thing and withdraw troops rather than increase them? It’s easy to be brave with other people’s lives, but far harder to subject yourself to political ridicule for doing the right thing.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.