So when we talk about the antagonism that has arisen between bloggers and the FPC, we are really talking about liberal bloggers and the Democratic half of the FPC. This is a family feud, one that bears more than a passing resemblance to the great Democratic schism over Vietnam.
AS SOMEONE who has a foot in both the blogosphere and the foreign-policy community, I feel compelled to highlight a few errors in David Frum's "Foggy Bloggom" (Jan./Feb. 2008).
In his essay, Frum suggests that bloggers are "pretty much the opposite" of the foreign-policy community, which "insists upon formal credentials, either academic or bureaucratic." It is puzzling, then, that the first four bloggers quoted in Frum's essay possess the very credentials that the foreign-policy community extols. Duncan "Atrios" Black holds a PhD in economics from an Ivy League institution. Matthew Yglesias is a Harvard graduate writing for the Atlantic. Steven Clemons is the director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. Glenn Greenwald is a Salon columnist and a partner in a DC law firm. Pajama-wearing stereotypes to the contrary, most influential bloggers possess the elite credentials necessary to crack the foreign-policy community.
Frum's effort to frame the debate between the foreign-policy community and the netroots omits a key source of irritation between the two groups-the role of neoconservatives in foreign-policy discourse. What truly rankles the netroots is their conviction that neoconservatives have been granted a seat at the foreign-policy table that is without merit. In the wake of a series of costly foreign-policy blunders and reversals of course under the Bush administration (cough, Iraq, cough), this anger might well be justified.