Just when you get done writing up ignorance about Iran in Israel, former IDF Corporal Jeffrey Goldberg goes and tries to call out Matt Yglesias, who is visiting Israel for the first time, for having written about the Jewish State before he made the Hajj. Goldberg, in a parenthetical interjection, writes:
you’d think with all his commentary on the place he had actually visited once or twice before, but such is blogging
I don’t get this criticism of [Matt Yglesias] because I’m pretty sure Goldberg has never been to Iran http://bit.ly/bg8TL1
Well I have no idea if Goldberg has been to Iran, which he just wrote a nearly 10,000 word piece about attacking. But maybe he’s been there — I don’t know. Maybe he crossed over for a quick visit when he was only fifteen miles away in Halabja, Iraq. Goldberg was there writing a massive piece for the New Yorker, published in March 2002, where the star witness — in a 1000-word section sub-headed “THE AL QAEDA LINK” — turned out later to be a serial liar. But that wasn’t “blogging,” was it — it was a reported piece. (Goldberg, incidentally, sticks by his reporting, or has Eli Lake do it for him anyway.)
Goldberg, of course, supported the invasion of Iraq back then (Ken Silverstein called it “Goldberg’s War”) and, within a year, it was a done deal. On Iran, which I don’t know if he’s been to, he insists that his feeling about a military strike is “profound, paralyzing ambivalence” at least until the end of this year (another two and a half months).
Actually, to find the last major spat between Yglesias and Goldberg, you’d have to go all the way back to November of 2009, when Goldberg was “opposed to a military strike on Iran by either the U.S. or Israel for a whole range of reasons… publicly and vocally opposed to a strike for some time.” (Yglesias failing to mention Goldberg’s opposition to strikes was what the tiff was about.) I don’t know exactly how long “some time” was, but, if he goes into the ‘Attack!’ camp on New Year’s Day 2011, his stint in the “ambivalent camp” will have been less than five months. And, though I’m still unsure if he’s been to Iran, just this week, he hinted about wanting to go there one way or another when he wrote:
[T]he essential Goldblog question remains: If Teheran doesn’t find negotiations tempting, and if sanctions don’t work, and if the Iranian nuclear program keeps progressing on the path it is on, what will the Obama Administration do?
The man’s needle seems to be moving awfully quickly towards war. And here he is, jibber-jabbering away on Iran, which he has or hasn’t been to — I don’t know.