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Aug 1, 2005 8:30 am

Volokh and Iraq

During the last month, the folks at Volokh (some of whom are my good friends) have blogged on a wide range of issues. During the same period (perhaps longer), however, Volokh has been quiet on the rightness or wrongness of the Iraq war. This silence on one of the leading issues of the day is quite striking. By contrast in 2003, several frequently blogged on Iraq (usually in favor of the war). What's going on?

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Irfan Khawaja - 8/4/2006

I can't speak for Volokh, but if you're really desperate for pro-war blogging, there's always my blog. You can accuse me of anything but silence on that issue.

Irfan Khawaja - 8/4/2006

I guess you'll figure out where to go when you wake up.

Irfan Khawaja - 8/4/2006

Sorry, I don't know "the elementary rules of courtesy." Maybe you could teach them to me. Lesson #1 might be where in "the rules" a "yawn" as a response to someone's comment is the appropriately courteous reaction. Can I call you Justin, BTW? Do the rules of courtesy allow that? I mean, gosh, I hardly know you, and here we are on a first-name basis already.

Anyway, I guess since your reputation precedes you, I figured you were such a brilliant investigative reporter that you'd be able to look to the right of this blog and scroll a bit and find me. But maybe you're too tired for the exertion. Also, as it happened, I was writing to people who knew my blog, so it seemed superfluous to give them a URL.

OK, gotta go. Have to "get over myself". Might take a while.

Steven Horwitz - 8/2/2005

All this over not getting a URL from someone? Weirder. ;)

Aeon J. Skoble - 8/2/2005

Ok, back at my desk with high-speed goodness, I can now offer a better reply to Mark and David. Here’s what I wrote back in November about pulling out asap:
And here’s one of the longer entries discussing the war:

Kenneth R Gregg - 8/1/2005

Irfan's is the HNN Blog, Theory & Practice, Justin.
Just a suggestions.
Just Ken

Justin Raimondo - 8/1/2005

All this over giving someone a url? Weird ...

Mark Brady - 8/1/2005

Aeon, I didn't have you in mind when I wrote my original post. To be frank, I'd forgotten that you were in favor of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Although many of those supporting this invasion would not describe themselves as "neolibertarians", many are happy to embrace this less than felicitous phrase.

Justin Raimondo - 8/1/2005

Yeah, you're so famous that everybody knows where to find your obscure blog. Get over yourself, Irfan, and acquaint yourself with the elementary rules of courtesy.

David Timothy Beito - 8/1/2005

Interestingly, the leading war blogger, Glenn Reynolds, voted for Harry Browne in 2000! As they say, what was he thinking?!

Justin Raimondo - 8/1/2005

"But if you're really desperate for pro-war blogging, there's always my blog."


How about providing a url?

Aeon J. Skoble - 8/1/2005

Ok, I'll bite, although I resist the loaded description "joined the chorus," and I have no idea what you mean by, nor have I ever referred to myself as, a neolibertarian.
I think the administration is making a botch of things, and they ought to pull out immediately. I said so months ago here on L&P - I can't easily find the archived post because I'm home today (=slow dial-up connection), but tomorrow (in the office) perhaps I'll dig it up.

Mark Brady - 8/1/2005

Ever hopeful, perhaps they're waiting to see whether the situation improves for the U.S. administration. In view of their active blogging on Iraq back in 2003, I think they do owe their readers an update. Have any of them revised their views in any way? Inquiring minds want to know.

There's a larger, related point as well. And that's to ask other self-identified libertarians and classical liberals who supported the U.S. invasion how they now see the situation. I'm thinking of people like Brink Lindsey and those who call themselves neolibertarians who joined the chorus for war.