Putting the Low in Lowry

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, opposes the choice of former GOP Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.  Okay, that’s fine.  What’s not fine is that he writes this in a column today:

“But Hagel clearly has the contempt for Israel of a Euro-sophisticate. He wouldn’t agree with the notorious comment of the French diplomat Daniel Bernard at a London dinner party years ago, ‘All the current troubles in the world are because of that shitty little country Israel.’ But he’d know where his fellow man of the world was coming from.”

Since when do you criticize someone using a vicious quote you claim he wouldn‘t agree with?  And then follow it with that insidious “but.”

Having successfully boiled Rice, the same usual suspects are trying to turn up the heat on Hagel so that he’ll withdraw his name too.