Sunday, March 18, 2007
Four Years - 3218 Dead
A 'Cop Out' Editorial in Washington Post
A let down -- The Post's editorial Lessons of War. Tomorrow will mean the end of the fourth year of the Bush Administration's euphemistically named Operation Iraqi Freedom. And my favorite newspaper, The Washington Post, comes out with a wishy-washy, CYA editorial!
Clearly we were insufficiently skeptical of intelligence reports. It would almost be comforting if Mr. Bush had "lied the nation into war," as is frequently charged. The best postwar journalism instead suggests that the president and his administration exaggerated, cherry-picked and simplified but fundamentally believed -- as did the CIA -- the catastrophically wrong case that then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell presented to the United Nations.