The writer suggests an answer to the question, “Why did the New York Times unexpectedly authenticate Hunter Biden’s laptop the other day?” The answer he gives: Because WWIII just started in Ukraine.
The argument, broadly:
- Serious times are ahead.
- Joe Biden and his foreign policy organization are not up to the task and will need to be replaced with serious-minded people.
- To participate effectively in reporting/shaping the transformation of our foreign policy establishment, the Times must refurbish its credibility by correcting its past mistakes in mishandling the laptop story.
Reading between the lines, one might infer that something about the laptop is about to become significant — an indictment of Hunter, perhaps. Were something like that to occur, his father’s executive control of the prosecuting and investigating agencies would become a conflict of interest, a big and potentially debilitating story.
But inferences are will-o’-the-wisps and to his credit the writer doesn’t make that one explicit.
Besides, it is worrisome enough to contemplate the current administration’s competence as WWIII approaches.