Stephen Walt’s Intellectual Dishonesty

Over at his Foreign Policy blog, Stephen Walt has a mind-numbingly predictable take on the controversy surrounding the appointment of Charles “Chas” Freeman to head the National Intelligence Council:

As soon as the appointment was announced, a bevy of allegedly “pro-Israel” pundits leapt to attack it, in what The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss called a “thunderous, coordinated assault.”  Freeman’s critics were the usual suspects: Jonathan Chait of the New Republic, Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard, Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, Gabriel Schoenfeld (writing on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal), Jonah Goldberg of National Review, Marty Peretz on his New Republic blog, and former AIPAC official Steve Rosen ….

And so goes the rest of the post.  Indeed, rather than addressing any of the substantive criticisms that various opinion-makers raised in the wake of Freeman’s appointment, Walt lazily defends Freeman by constantly repeating the names and affiliations of his ideological nemeses — as if, by itself, this proves his point.  (By the way, congratulations to the Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, who is mentioned a record three times in Walt’s post – all without a single reference or link to Goldberg’s actual argument.)  Of course, this ad hominem discursive tactic is consistent with the intellectual dishonesty that Walt and co-author John Mearsheimer displayed in their infamous tome, which managed to sketch out a vast Zionist conspiracy (even the New York Times is in on it!) without actually interviewing a single pro-Israel lobbyist.

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Stephen Walt’s Intellectual Dishonesty

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