This is good news. I know people who have worked with Dave, and whenever they gather to drink, they always get the evening off to a good start with 'Dave Osler stories'. Like the time that ..... no. Better not.
But he's very far from the mould of most writers on the far-left. He can write for one thing. And his politics aren't based on the kind of Straussian opposition that he writes about on the article linked to below.
Without endorsing Dave's perspective on pretty-well anything, or agreeing with all of his conclusions, this piece on Neoconservatism and the war on terror is worth a read.
Lots of detail, and well argued.
"But in the final analysis, whether America’s post 9/11 foreign policy can be labelled distinctively neoconservative or not is a point of crucial importance to perhaps two groups. The first is the hardened factionalists jockeying for position on the US right. The second is that section of liberal opinion that - to invert a Straussian idea - needs the neoconservative threat as a ‘necessary myth’ to rally its forces.
It is far more important to determine whether or not it is a just policy, or even a policy capable of achieving its stated ends. Seen in that light, it must be harshly judged."
NB: Look for the para in which Dave uses the word 'epiphenomenon'. Popinjays such as Hak Mao may have something to add to it?