7.30.2007

Glenn Greenwald rips Iraq "experts" Mike O'Hanlon and Ken Pollack new ones

Why do some of these bozos get even a second of air time? I just don’t understand how legitimate papers, magazine & news shows could think viewers don’t remember how wrong these two have been every step of the way when it comes to anything related to national security or military strategies, as you can see by the dissection employed beautifully by Glenn Greenwald in his article, The really smart, serious, credible Iraq experts O'Hanlon and Pollack.AA’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over & over & over again expecting different results.I guess some producers & editors in the news business are truly insane.Here’s an excerpt:

What is the most vivid and compelling evidence of how broken our political system is? It is that the exact same people who urged us into the war in Iraq, were wrong in everything they said, and issued one false assurance after the next as the war failed, continue to be the same people held up as our Serious Iraq Experts. The exact "experts" to whom we listened in 2002 and 2003 are the same exact establishment "experts" now.

Hence, today we have yet another Op-Ed declaring that We Really Are Winning in Iraq This Time -- this one in the NYT from "liberal" Brookings Institution "scholars" Ken Pollack and Mike O'Hanlon. They accuse war critics of being "unaware of the significant changes taking place," proclaim that "we are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms," and the piece is entitled "A War we Might Just Win."

The Op-Ed is an exercise in rank deceit from the start. To lavish themselves with credibility -- as though they are war skeptics whom you can trust -- they identify themselves at the beginning "as two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration's miserable handling of Iraq." In reality, they were not only among the biggest cheerleaders for the war, but repeatedly praised the Pentagon's strategy in Iraq and continuously assured Americans things were going well. They are among the primary authors and principal deceivers responsible for this disaster.

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