Glenn Reynolds reminds me of something I saw a few days ago, but forgot about. I just wanted to note that while I'm flattered that DNI Dennis Blair thinks that we in the blogosphere are powerful enough - or notorious enough - to blame for the way that Chas Freeman got steamrollered:
On the Charles – on the Chas Freeman appointment, I am happy to say that looking around this room, there was pretty responsible reporting on Chas, but apparently you guys aren’t bloggers, as – (laughter) – or you guys aren’t as powerful bloggers as some that I discovered when I made the announcement. I thought he was a good pick, I still think he’s a – still think he would have made a great National Intelligence Council Chairman, but it wasn’t to be, and so we’re – lesson learned, moving on.
...I'm afraid that it's simply not true. It wasn't us, and it wasn't this "Israel lobby" that so exercises the pseudo-intellectual mind. One person torpedoed Charles Freeman's nomination... and it was Charles Freeman himself. The guy was simply far too gone an apologist for too far broad a spectrum of unpleasant regimes to be tolerable, Right or Left.
That being said, I was exceptionally happy to help. I think that we can safely take at least some credit for helping.
PS: I don't think that you've really learned the lesson, DNI Blair. The lesson isn't don't be more proactive in getting your notorious apologists for unpleasant regimes through the nomination process: it's supposed to be don't appoint notorious apologists for unpleasant regimes in the first place. Just in case nobody's mentioned.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.