Thursday, April 06, 2006

Let's Have Some Accountability from the Right

This just barely scratches the surface of all the right-wing bloviating about the "success" of Bush's war in Iraq. This post doesn't even touch Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingraham, Washington Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, etc. Isn't it about time the right-wing pundits and the media admit they were wrong -- THREE FUCKING YEARS AFTER THE WAR STARTED!! If the president will not hold Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfield, Dick Cheney, Paul Bremmer, Tommy Franks, or any other person in his government responsible for their failure, at least some of his cheerleaders should be. Now that a large majority of Americans say the Iraq War was: a) separate from the "War on Terror" b) not worth the cost -- will anyone ask these folks to apologize to the viewers/readers that assume these people know what the hell they are talking about?

"Well, the hot story of the week is victory. The Tommy Franks-Don Rumsfeld battle plan, war plan, worked brilliantly, a three-week war with mercifully few American deaths or Iraqi civilian deaths. There is a lot of work yet to do, but all the naysayers have been humiliated so far. The final word on this is hooray." (Morton Kondracke, Fox News, 4/12/03)

"The only people who think this wasn't a victory are Upper West Side liberals, and a few people here in Washington." (Charles Krauthammer, "Inside Washington," 4/19/03)

"There's no way. There's absolutely no way. They may bomb for a matter of weeks, try to soften them up as they did in Afghanistan. But once the United States and British unleash, it's maybe hours. They're going to fold like that." (Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, 2/10/03)

"This has been a tough war for commentators on the American left... Liberal writers for ideologically driven magazines like The Nation and for less overtly political ones like The New Yorker did not predict a defeat, but the terrible consequences many warned of have not happened. Now liberal commentators must address the victory at hand and confront an ascendant conservative juggernaut that asserts U.S. might can set the world right." (New York Times reporter David Carr, 4/16/03)

"The war was the hard part. The hard part was putting together a coalition, getting 300,000 troops over there and all their equipment and winning. And it gets easier. I mean, setting up a democracy is hard, but it is not as hard as winning a war." (Fred Barnes, Fox News, 4/10/03)

"Now that the war in Iraq is all but over, should the people in Hollywood who opposed the president admit they were wrong?" (Alan Colmes, Fox News, 4/25/03)

"I will bet you the best dinner in the gaslight district of San Diego that military action will not last more than a week. Are you willing to take that wager?" (Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, 1/29/03)

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