And as to the claim that the Iraq logs may have delayed the formation of a new Iraqi government, I’m scratching my head. Yes, such a delay could be a blow to the stability of Iraq, and to the U.S. mission to aid in the establishment of such a government. But since when did journalists go about arguing that information shouldn’t be exposed because it might complicate some political development wanted by some party? (And how exactly did this information, which supposedly everyone already knew, cause this political hiccup?)

The Post’s editorial is just another example, if an especially incoherent one, of some element of the press shrugging off the documents. It’s especially sad that it was voiced in our capital’s paper.

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.