John Derbyshire has been giving the lunatic fringe fits at the NRO, and it has been a lot of fun to read. Start here, and scroll up for the latest responses.
This Derbyshire response is classic:
But suppose Iran were to attain her hegemonic ambition. This will hurt the U.S.A. … how? You say it would be putting “the economic health of the nation in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hands.” How would it do that? Because Iran would control ME oil and refuse to sell it to us? Oil markets don’t, and in fact couldn’t, work like that. World oil production will anyway soon begin to decline. Cheap oil is a thing of the past. “Let’s declare war against Iran so we can prolong the cheap-oil fantasy for a few more years” — not, in my opinion, a very inspiring slogan.
Read the whole back and forth. I took special pleasure watching Mark Levin, that great mind, left sputtering about his fears (they don’t match reality) and whining about Derbyshire’s tone.