Today on the Dish, US intervention in Libya loomed, and Andrew asked some dire questions about this imminent war, and the other wars we're still engaged in. The ironies mounted, Exum had questions, Dick Lugar brought some sanity to the debate, and then we found out they briefed Congress in secret. Larison demolished David Kopel's paper tiger, Les Gelb explored an Arab League no-fly zone, and Douthat kept his eyes on what would happen after the intervention. Vivienne Walt explained the tribal loyalties keeping Qaddafi in power, and Scoblete looked to Iraq's example for what happens next. Andrew built on Reihan's assessment of America's relative decline and the right's amnesia about the last ten years. Nick Kristof reported on the scary sectarian riffs in Bahrain, Iraq cracked down on free speech, and Jill Goldenziel updated us on Egypt's long constitutional road ahead. Andrew noted the shift in GOP rhetoric on Afghanistan, Palin planned her visit to Israel and Andrew braced himself for a civilizational war against Islam. Greg Ip charted economic upheavals after terrorist attacks and natural disasters, Will Wilkinson looked to Japan's economic recovery, Euan Mearns eulogized nuclear energy, and the body count grew. Readers testified to looting in Japan, Chris Beam explored the crime aspect, Jesse Walker reminded us that solidarity is the norm, and finally we got some good news.

Andrew applauded the NYT's blogger-friendly paywall, Alexis found the cracks, and Felix Salmon scratched his head. Bradley Manning was chained, Scott Morgan analyzed what's at stake in Montana's marijuana raids, and Robert Shrimsley spoofed Obama's foreign policy. We gawked at Rebecca Mansour, Palin's right-hand gal, and stood in awe before the GIF wall of Judge Judy. Palin played the international circuit, Felix Salmon explained why we'll wait to be seated, and Americans wanted more debt. Readers enlightened us on the backwoods of disability pay, and Andrew marveled at a century of taxation that favored the rich. O'Keefe's antics exhausted James Poniewozick, Avent outlined the job of economists, and calling it a drug war actually kills people. Yglesias and Klein debated serious journalism, we celebrated Bayard Rustin's birthday, and Noah Millman reviewed Irving Kristol's writings. Comstock took issue with Andrew's framing of his MPAA project, marriage equality became a wedge issue, and readers mouthed off on Gilbert Gottfried's tasteless jokes.

Charts of the day here and here, quote for the day here, dissent of the day here, VFYW here, MHB here, FOTD here, history of St. Patrick here, basset hounds in flight here, and guilty dog here.


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