Americablog vs. National Review on CNN (video)

The National Review's Jonah Goldberg feigns naiveté to CNN's Howie Kurtz on the issue of whether Seymour Hersh's exposure of plans for a nuclear strike against Iran is newsworthy or not (paraphrasing): I'm not sure what the controversy is. Frankly, it'd be scandalous if the U.S. weren't exploring all their military options in Iran. We probably have plans for attacking Canada -- in fact I know we do -- and North Korea...

That's when Americablog's John Aravosis jumps in. Now, before getting to that, it's important to point out that this is where progressives are usually let down by a centrist politician, an objective reporter or a woefully outmatched partisan. Not this time.

Aravosis, prepared for Goldbergian discourse, clarifies the issue pointing out that, whether you believe the story or not is another issue, but that the Hersh story isn't just that plans exist, but that they've already decided that diplomacy won't work and that they'll make a show of it but that attacking Iran is in the works. It's called reading comprehension and it's refreshing.

But that's just the beginning. When asked about Bush's mention of Iraqi WMD two days after reports surfaced that Iraq didn't have any (though it can't be established conclusively whether the president saw those reports) Aravosis responds, via John Amato:

Yes, he may have just been a total idiot, Howard, who's incompetent and out of the loop. It's possible. But what this story said was, two days before the president said we found WMD, his own people had determined that we didn't find WMD. Four months later, Vice President Cheney went on the Sunday talk shows and said, we found those bio labs. If for four months we had a team that had already determined that these were not weapons of mass destruction, and the president and the vice president were still saying they were, I have a hard time believing somebody in the administration didn't say, uh, Boss, that's not true.
Watch the video HERE. (C&L)

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