So there I was, reading Eric Alterman's Altercation, when he writes that he was reading Jonathan V. Last's The Case for the Empire, and lost the link. I found it and, voila:
STAR WARS RETURNS today with its fifth installment, "Attack of the Clones." There will be talk of the Force and the Dark Side and the epic morality of George Lucas's series. But the truth is that from the beginning, Lucas confused the good guys with the bad. The deep lesson of Star Wars is that the Empire is good.All right, it's date 05/16/2002, but I just found it.
Strange read. Sorta makes me wonder, since by the end of "Attack of the Clones" I was beginning to like the Old Republic less and less anyway.