The Most Tentative Argument for War You'll Read Today

The hesitant hawk


There's not much to like in Michael Tomasky's hawkish column about Syria in The Daily Beast today, but I appreciated this burst of candor at the end:

Maybe it'll work, maybe not. Let's bomb the place just in case.

Yes, an American attack might escalate matters. But it also might not. We got in and out of Libya. It's not clear what that one accomplished yet, although we did presumably prevent a slaughter of many thousands in Benghazi.

"Presumably." When this is the case for war, you know that popular momentum is on the doves' side.