Glenn Halpern at the HipperCritical blog sends us word of an astonishing ethical lapse in the New York Times' ongoing campaign to throw sand in the gears of US efforts in Iraq. An op-ed today by Mark Medish argues that Iraq must honor all its debt to external creditors -- which would add considerably to the cost of post-war reconstruction. The Times identifies Medish as "a lawyer, was deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury from 1997 to 2000." Halpern points out that Medish wrote a similar op-ed for the Washington Post on October 19. The Post had the integrity to identify Medish fully as "a lawyer in Washington and...a senior Treasury and National Security Council official in the Clinton administration. He represents international corporate creditors of Iraq." In other words, he's just a lobbyist. But that was news that wasn't fit to print.