2003 02 11
[Letter on Brooks]

I sent a letter to the NYTimes today:

In a recent column fantasizing about President Bush’s interview with Tim Russert, David Brooks feels obliged to trot out that old canard that liberals have trouble grasping evil. As a self-identifying liberal, I would like to assure Mr. Brooks that I have no such trouble. I cringe when Mr. Bush uses the word not because I disagree with him about the application of the term to Saddam Hussein or bin Laden, but because Bush’s use of the word is usually a prelude to some new piece of stupidity. It’s not evil I have trouble with, Mr. Brooks, it’s inept and incompetent responses to it.

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