By Arthur Alpert
Kudos to whoever makes decisions on what syndicated columnists the Albuquerque Journal will publish regularly.
Writing here Feb. 21 about the Journal’s latest addition, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, I noted his Establishment credentials, self-awareness and ability to admit failure; specifically, his confession he was wrong to back the disastrous US attack on Iraq.
I contrasted Ignatius with the “unrepentant” Charles Krauthammer and several other “neo-cons … or partisans” who dominate opinion on the Journal’s editorial page
But not until I read his essay on Vladimir Putin in the Tuesday, March 4 edition, did I grasp what a sharp contrast Ignatius would offer.
The differences lie neither in Ignatius’ views nor in his tone, though the polite thoughtfulness is welcome.
No, it’s what was missing from his column – partisanship.
Oh, the shock.
Finding an analysis of foreign affairs in the Journal with not a hint of party politics, I mean.
And as if to remind us what a departure Ignatius represents, there right below it, was George Will’s take on the same situation.
Happily for my thesis but unhappily for those who remember him as a fair-minded conservative, Will doesn’t hide his partisanship.
Of course, the Ukraine story is in its infancy and we’ll probably get to hear from Krauthammer, Cal Thomas, Jonah Goldberg and Victor Davis Hanson who will – I wager – toe a party line.
But they’ve haven’t yet (I’m writing Wednesday, March 5) so the Journal’s narrative on the Ukraine isn’t perfectly clear.
As a postscript to that Ignatius post, I’d wondered if the newspaper had dropped liberal Eugene Robinson. No, the editors ran his Ukraine analysis today.
Meanwhile, over in the “news” columns, the Journal has braked and reversed course on the subject of Tesla: