This column prompted this letter to the editor by yours truly:
One has gotten used to the far left referring to the "Taliban wing" of the GOP, but it was most disheartening to see that phrase crop up in Lexington's 6/15 column. It was dishonest, partisan, and unprofessional. I think the right wing of the GOP often goes to extremes, but even so I would never compare them to an outfit that blew up World Heritage sites, executed people in public, protected Osama bin Laden while he planned 9/11, deprived their people of UN food relief aid, and killed tens of thousands of their own people. That you would speaks volumes about how standards have fallen at the Economist.