Dept of Defense hires LA Times columnist who belittled terror 'threat'

The Weekly Standard blog notes:

LA Times columnist Rosa Brooks once wrote that al Qaeda was "little more than an obscure group of extremist thugs, well financed and intermittently lethal but relatively limited in their global and regional political pull. On 9/11, they got lucky. . . . Thanks to U.S. policies, al Qaeda has become the vast global threat the administration imagined it to be in 2001." She's now headed to Obama's Defense Department.

This lady is Barbara Ehrenreich's  daughter. Ehrenreich has gotten rich off her book Nickle and Dimed, which is required reading  at many colleges, as it bemoans the helplessness of Wal-Mart employees. Brooks, of course, is highly pedigreed: Harvard, Oxford, Yale Law, and she worked for Harold Koh, just appointed to Justice Department.

The LA Times ran an op-ed by Ehnrereich's son just a couple of weeks ago that was a left-wing rant. Nepotism in the newspaper business is just generally not a good idea.