Douthat has his panties in a bunch about the lack of subtle shades in the movie “Green Zone” :
[…] the idea that many debacles flow from choices made by decent, well-intentioned human beings is more difficult for us to wrap our minds around.
[…] The narrative of the Iraq invasion, properly told, resembles a story out of Shakespeare.
Yes, the problem might be that we do not have artists capable of rendering contemporary architects of a war of aggression that was based on shoddy intelligence, ideological fervor and deceit in a sufficiently subtle, even-handed manner. If only Hollywood were better at portraying the depth and complexity of people who unleashed hell on a nation of 24 million people out of an absurd fear of a non-existent threat! Life is so unfair to warmongers, is it not?
Interesting to see one of the sanest and most civil bloggers around driven to complete frustration by Douthat’s mealy-mouthed horseshit. His whole response is worth a read.