The Corner

More Thinner Gruel

Several readers have let me know that I have let Wilson off too easy. They make some good points. For future reference, all criticisms of Joe Wilson should be considered partial, not exhaustive. Anyway, here’s one:

You let Wilson off too easy.

Wilson wrote:

“Other inaccuracies and distortions include the suggestion that my findings “bolstered” the case that Niger was engaged in illegal sales of uranium to Iraq.”

Wilson is attempting to frame the issue in a completely misleading way that you overlooked and fell prey to.

I don’t know of anyone who thinks that Wilson’s findings bolstered the case the “Niger was engaged in the illegal sales of uranium to Iraq.” What Wilson’s findings did, in fact bolster (and not merely fail to debunk) was the case that “Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger.” Those are two completely different things. Whether Niger reciprocated has nothing to do with Iraq’s intentions. After all, there are sources other than Niger that Iraq could have turned to.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

Most Popular


G-File Mailbag: The Results of a Bad Idea

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including those of you just standing there eating Zarg nuts), I had a bad idea. It wasn’t a terrible idea, like asking a meth addict ... Read More
Politics & Policy

How Democrats Can Blow It in 2020

Donald Trump probably can’t win the 2020 presidential election, but the Democrats can lose it. What I mean is that in a contest between Trump and a generic Democrat, Trump would almost surely lose if the current political climate holds through 2020. According to a Fox News poll this week, 38 percent of ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Collusion Scenario

It has become an article of faith in some quarters on the right -- well, most -- that the Mueller investigation has found no evidence of collusion with Russia and has accordingly shifted gears to process crimes like lying to the FBI or obstruction of justice. Having decided that this must be true, many have ... Read More

Democrats’ Border-Barrier Flip-Flop

Is steel more moral than concrete? House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said last week that she and other Democrats consider a border wall “immoral.” But some of the same Democrats who decry President Donald J. Trump’s proposed concrete wall as a 30-foot-tall human-rights violation actually ... Read More