New York Times Columnist Line of the Day

If you frequent this here premier “web log,” there’s a good chance you may once or twice have read the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.

Today’s is from David Brooks, who in his column today “Clinton, Obama and Iraq,” writes of President Obama’s standard of “near certainty of no civilian casualties,” to engage in direct military action:

(This is not a standard Franklin Roosevelt would have applied.)

Except Roosevelt was passionately and famously reluctant to enter World War II, and it’s nearly impossible to know what he would think of unconventional warfare since that is a threat he never had to deal with.

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