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Michael O'Hanlon, like some mythic monster, has emerged again in a major newspaper to once again offer us the Wise Middle Ground of Endless War as an appealing policy option in Iraq. Check the Spack for more commentary, but I'll give you this. O'Hanlon, by way of criticizing the Democratic position on Iraq, says that "only those who have concluded that the war is already lost tend to back such a position." I mean, this is a majority of the public and just amounts to observing that only people who agree with the Democrats agree with the Democrats. But who else is supposed to agree?

Meanwhile note that the larger framing here is about the need for Democrats to act as a "loyal opposition." Because apparently now disagreeing with Michael O'Hanlon is a form of treason. Or something. Good work, Brookings!

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