Wanker of the Day: Richard Cohen

When it comes to matters of intelligence, I do trust the Obama administration considerably more than I trusted the Bush administration, but that doesn’t mean I am going to believe any thing that they say. Their story about the Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in a Georgetown restaurant is filled with holes you could drive a truck through, and their excuses for why they won’t release more compelling evidence do not inspire confidence. None of that concerns Richard Cohen, however, who swallows the whole tale without the slightest hint of skepticism and uses it to argue that Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

If you believe in nuclear non-proliferation and you don’t want to see a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, then you don’t need any further rationale for trying to deny Iran a nuclear arsenal. This would be true even if the people of Iran overthrew their leadership and installed a benevolent Republic.

I know it’s not easy to adopt a position of default skepticism about the claims of our own intelligence agencies and government, but that’s Richard Cohen’s job. If the government tells him a story that doesn’t add up and then refuses to divulge any information that might explain the legitimacy of its claims, his job is to withhold his support and endorsement of the government’s claims.

But Richard Cohen doesn’t operate that way.

7 comments for “Wanker of the Day: Richard Cohen

  1. October 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I know it’s not easy to adopt a position of default skepticism about the claims of our own intelligence agencies and government…

    Really?! I find the only reasonable position is one of default skepticism about pretty much any claims from any government.

  2. October 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    My first reaction to the Iranian plot story was “how convenient”.

  3. October 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Blake Hounshell’s twitter feed led me to this by Gareth Porter, which I think has the best read on the assassination plot.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MJ15Ak02.html

    There’s no reason to think a plan wasn’t really made, or that money wasn’t transferred, or that people within the Iranian intelligence weren’t somehow involved. But from the charging documents released, it also seems most likely the plot was a US intelligence creation that they were able to bait this car dealer bum into by snowballing it and suckering him over what started as a narcotics thing. In which case, good job to our guys in the FBI and the DEA and the CIA and whoever. It’s rare that our drug war shenanigans ever produce competent policework.

  4. October 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Isn’t it about time to give Cohen a lifetime achievement award in Wankerism and exclude him from future competition?

  5. October 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    This was the guy who waxed poetic about his good neighbor Cap Weinberger who should be rotting in jail still,  instead he got Poppy Bush’s get outta jail free card.  

    That of course is ok.  The crime is not letting Scooter Libby off as well.  You know he paid good money for his law license.  

    A good villager will only see what they want to see.

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