I'm a bit late to the news that General William Odom, a former National Security Advisor as well as a military man, died over the weekend. Odom was one of the cohort of traditionalist conservative security policy thinkers who despised the direction in which George W. Bush has taken the country's foreign policy. That's very much to his credit. Even more to his credit is the fact that he was the kind of guy who used what credibility and influence he had to speak out against this stuff back when doing so was difficult.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.