Ferguson on Beinart

by Ramesh Ponnuru

Andy Ferguson has been one of my favorite writers for as long as I’ve been reading conservative journalism. His latest article, an attack on Peter Beinart, reminds me that I don’t ever want to be on his bad side. It’s also one of the few articles of his I’ve ever disagreed with. He calls Beinart “one of the most energetic careerists anyone has ever seen” and describes him as a creature of ideological fashion. I know Beinart a little, and he seems to me to be extremely earnest. I suppose you could figure out some self-interested reason for him to have criticized his fellow liberals for their dovishness several years ago, publicly recanted his former views, and then started to criticize his fellow liberals for their hawkishness. But I think the most reasonable conclusion is that he came by his change of views honestly.

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