The latest staggering example: treating John Yoo as an authority on the president’s authority to intervene in Syria.
Earlier this week, I complained that no one ever seems to lose expert status in Washington, D.C., especially in the realm of national security. Being proved repeatedly, catastrophically wrong by events just isn’t all that damaging — so long as you have the right affiliations, social standing, or partisan connections. Status as an expert is almost totally severed from one’s track record.
On Wednesday I came across an example.
The Federalist Society alerted journalists, via a PR firm, that they’d be holding “a teleforum conference call to discuss the President’s authority to intervene in Syria.” Look at the experts they lined up:
As a former Bush Administration official, he’s well-connected in Washington conservative circles. A bogeyman of liberals, he enjoys a certain standing in the conservative movement. His track record?
Let’s take a trip down memory lane:
Read the rest at The Atlantic.