Two posts later, Yglesias takes a ridiculously unfair shot at Stephen Hayes, who he accuses of being a liar:
His first book, The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America was a deliberate attempt to mislead the public about the subject at hand… To the best of my knowledge, Hayes has never made a single good analytic point on any subject, or introduced any useful new information into the public debate. Nobody outside the deepest recesses of the conservative cocoon has ever been impressed by a Stephen F. Hayes article.
I don’t think Peter Bergen qualifies as a conservative cocooner. I once heard Bergen say that The Connection is a good book that you should read, but that he disagreed with the conclusion; Bergen doesn’t think the links between Saddam and al Qaeda that Hayes documents constituted a serious threat. Bergen said this at the AEI panel that Matt wrote about in the article he links back to; I was also there and mentioned it here. At this point I could use Matt’s own standard and call him a liar, but instead I’ll assume his memory for events that he’s charged with observing on behalf of his readers isn’t very good. Perhaps that’s why he doesn’t like reporting: He sucks at it.
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