Reporter Who Was Wrong About Iraq: Stop Criticizing Those Who Were Wrong About Iraq from Talking Points Memo
This may not seem like a "Big Nugget" kind of story, but I think it showcases exactly the conversation that should be accompanying the analysis of how things are now going in Iraq. People need to start telling the truth about the history of the Iraq conflict. A big excerpt is in order here:
"Fox News contributor Judith Miller, whose reporting on Iraq's weapons of mass turned out to be stunningly wrong, said Friday that the media has been too hard on other individuals whose pre-war pronouncements also turned out to be stunningly wrong. ... "What the media should be doing is encouraging everyone who has a view of what to do now in Iraq to come forward and discuss it rationally," Miller said. "But they're doing the opposite. They're trying to shut down people like Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, all of the 'neoconservatives' who brought us this war. It's not helpful."
No. No. No. This is PRECISELY the time to bring some accountability to the grossly irresponsible blathering these people did ten years ago -- and, golly gee, I'm so sorry that that is now interfering with their efforts to continue to cash in on their misplaced notoriety and (in Miller's case here) resurrect your career. Historical note: while I was certainly young in the 1970s and early 1980s and not the news hound that I am now, it is my recollection that, following the Vietnam disaster, folks like MacNamara, Bundy, and Westmoreland et al., had the good grace to go away and shut up for the most part. In fact, I will have to say, my opinion of George W. Bush has risen SUBSTANTIALLY during Obama's years in office because he, at least, has had the good grace to be silent and to let others try to undo the damage he and his people did.