I'd also point out that from what I know, reviews in academic journals outside of your discipline are likely to be especially brutal, because there's no need for collegiality--a history professor isn't worried about what a political science professor could do to his career.But after watching some of her performance on CNN at the 9/11 Commission hearings, I still think Kevin Drum's summary statement rings true:
This has more personal application for me: I think my aunt was Condoleeza's advisor on that dissertation. Aunt Cathy is no moron, and I'll fight anyone who says different. She's also pretty damn knowlegeable about eastern european military matters. And she's sure as hell no Republican shill--she's a loyal Democrat who served in Clinton's defense department.
Problems distinguishing facts from propaganda. Too quick to pass judgment without adequate knowledge. Failure to properly assess sources who have an obvious axe to grind. Ignorance of regional history.Sorry, what I saw today was not very impressive.