I think all people paying attention can agree: any one of us has taken at least one dump in our lives with as much common sense as your average Jonah Goldberg column. In fact, I usually find that it expedites the process to drop a deuce while thinking about what passes for thought between Pantload's ears.
But it is something to hear one of the "we gotsta lib'rate these poor downtrodden peoples from their vicious strongman that we useta support" choir suddenly change his tune, and lament the apparent unavailability of another strongman. But this time one we can control, right? One that will assuredly only kill bad people. Like, um, that Saddam fella that Donald Rumsfeld never met. That worked out swell.
Pantload has heard the thing about the golem, hasn't he?
See, this isn't really about what's best for Iraq at all. It's about people who inexplicably get paid to bleg for information with which to form hasty, ridiculous opinions on subjects about which they know precious little. The question has never been whether or not Castro was a bad guy, a hoarder of power and an abuser of his people. He was, no two ways about it. But we have generally found ways to work with such people, at least under the pretense of bringing them around, and we never even tried with Castro. Fifty years of unproductive nonsense has been the result.
So spare us the fake moralizing, smart guy. I'll be goddamned if I've seen anyone on the left, "mainstream" or otherwise, defending Castro or bemoaning his impending demise. This is nothing more than someone who has been consistently, irredeemably wrong in his judgment, grasping at the thinnest of straws, and attempting to build the proverbial man out of them.
And that's exactly what all these Serious Thinkers are going to end up doing. Hell, they'll settle for an Idi Amin, so long as he doesn't interfere with the oil production.