Over the years Charles Krauthammer has used his column at the Washington Post to help George Bush advance whatever story he wants to put out. For example, without the assistance of Krauthammer, Bush would have had a more difficult time selling the story that bin Laden and Saddam were in cahoots, or that Social Security was in dire straits and needed to be fixed by diverting its revenue to Wall Street, or that Bush tax cuts benefit the broad middle class.
Yesterday Matthew Yglessias pointed to one particular example of Krauthammer stooging for the Bushies. This is from Krauthammer’s May 2003 column entitled “The Shiite Menace”:
These days, of course, The Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) is the dominant political force in Iraq and the Iraqi government proudly welcomes Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his state visits. Has this development given Krauthammer pause? Has he perhaps questioned his original judgment? Of course not! As Yglessias puts it:
In his latest column Krauthammer directs his scorn at—I’m not making this up —those who would advance a “dirty lie” for political purposes. Even if he’s making a valid point this time—and I don’t—has this man no shame.