Dear Mr. Brooks

Posted by sepoy on August 25, 2005 · 1 min read

In your 8/25 column, Divided They Stand, you conclude:

But when you get Galbraith and Gerecht in the same mood, you know something important has happened. The U.S. has orchestrated a document that is organically Iraqi.

It's their country, after all.

However in your entire piece there is not a single quote from any actual Iraqi who may or may not have any opinion on the constitution. As I see it, you have demonstrated the myopia of the American enterprise in Iraq perfectly - American analysts talking about perceptions in the American media as counter spin in an American op-ed for American audience.

Since you couldn't find any "IRAQI" to tell you anything about what that constitution means to them, I really fail to see your conclusion. I take your words of esteem for "Peter W. Galbraith, a former United States ambassador to Croatia, and smart Iraq analyst, Reuel Marc Gerecht, formerly of the C.I.A. and now at the American Enterprise Institute" but I doubt that they call Iraq their country.

If you would like to get the Baghdad street view of the Constitution, perhaps you can call someone who is 1. An Iraqi 2. In Baghdad 3. Involved in the Constitution making process. THEN, you can conclude whether the Iraqi constitution is organic or not.



raven | August 25, 2005

Right on, sepoy. Too bad Mr. Brooks couldn't get through to the organically Iraqi Noah Feldman.

bshsh | August 25, 2005

pardon my ignorance but what is an "Orientalist"? is that a good thing/bad thing?

raven | August 25, 2005

Before Said, good. After Said, not so much :)

Dman | August 26, 2005

Well done!! I am so proud to have you as a friend. Keep fighting the good fight!! But when you have to run from DHS, you know where to find me.

Scribbler | August 26, 2005

Finally, someone says the right words: Myopic and America in the the same sentence. Good job.

Quizman | August 26, 2005

Excellent post. My response was too long, so I blogged about it.

Saurav | August 27, 2005

On point, but this is like taking potshots at MTV for being too commercial (which I've been known to do on occasion :) Don't waste your time with this [BLEEP] :)