The Weekly Standard has published the response of Michael (no longer “Anonymous”) Scheuer to the criticism leveled by Thomas Joscelyn against his view that Israel controls American foreign policy. I posted Joscelyn’s piece here. The Standard also includes Joscelyn’s reply to Scheuer’s letter. The exchange confirms that Scheuer is in over his head, as he was (or at least should have been) at the CIA.
Joscelyn makes all of the essential points. But I was struck by this statement at the beginning of Scheuer’s letter:
Of the three [Weekly Standard] articles that have mentioned my work, I thought Thomas Joscelyn’s was the best, although the least thoughtful and analytic.
It appears that Scheuer’s standard for determining the quality of an argumentative piece accords little weight to thought and analysis.