CalPundit Luskin Takedown
Kevin Drum nails Donald Luskin for pretending that Paul Krugman wrote in favor of Mahatir's anti-semitism back in '98, and he has the quotes to prove it. Krugman today defends himself vigorously and effectively in his column--I would expect nothing less:
Last week I found myself caught up in that struggle. I wrote about why Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's prime minister--a clever if loathsome man who adjusts the volume of his anti-Semitism depending on circumstances--chose to include an anti-Jewish diatribe in his speech to an Islamic conference. Sure enough, I was accused in various places not just of "tolerance for anti-Semitism" (yes, I'm Jewish) but of being in Mr. Mahathir's pay. Smear tactics aside, the thrust of the attacks was that because anti-Semitism is evil, anyone who tries to understand why politicians foment anti-Semitism--and looks for ways other than military force to combat the disease--is an apologist for anti-Semitism and is complicit in evil.
Yet that moral punctiliousness is curiously selective. Last year the Bush administration, in return for a military base in Uzbekistan, gave $500 million to a government that, according to the State Department, uses torture "as a routine investigation technique," and whose president has killed opponents with boiling water. The moral clarity police were notably quiet.