New York Times columnist David Brooks is defending his god, the state. To be fair, his criticism is aimed at a certain crowd. I find his blog to be a slightly brilliant criticism of “strong national defense” Republicans’ hystericals about the Yemen bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who terrorized a plane by lighting himself on fire. Brooks says:
Much of the criticism has been contemptuous and hysterical. Various experts have gathered bits of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s biography. Since they can string the facts together to accurately predict the past, they thunder, the intelligence services should have been able to connect the dots to predict the future.
Though David Brooks makes some good points against the hyprocrisy of the average state-loving Republican or Democrat, he makes a very poor case against those who don’t support the state at all. His argument is pretty much “the state exists and is flawed, get over it.”Published in