Cornerites may be amused by this article in New York Magazine on conservatives (and/or neo-conservatives — the reporter, Jacob Gershman, doesn’t distinguish) who appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — and like it. (Also linked in Politico.)
I’m quoted quite a bit — perhaps because I returned Gershman’s phone call?
“As soon as we finished, he leaned forward and said to me, ‘I can’t believe you got me to say that Harry Truman was a war criminal.’” (Stewart later recanted.)
But I was not trying to trip him up. I was trying to make a serious point which I don’t think should be so difficult to grasp. To wit: If Truman is not a war criminal for using atomic weapons against Japan, how can those who subjected Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and Abu Zubayda to a few hours of discomfort be war criminals?
Sure, I’m pleased that Stewart changed his mind about Truman. But I think the logic here is irrefutable. If moderate liberals can square this circle — explain why Truman is not a war criminal but John Yoo is — I’d love to hear their reasoning.