Monday, November 06, 2006

National Review: Whatever his mistakes

I was always under the impression that the function of journalists, newspapermen, and commentators was to elucidate; shed light on complex problems, investigate the issues and help the public come to a reasoned, well informed conclusion.

I was wrong.

For the latest example of media malfeasance, see The National Review Online's Hussein death sentence Editorial today.

I couldn't tell you much more about the editorial, because I had to stop after reading the byline, since I had just eaten dinner, and bile doesn't mix with Rigatoni.

But let's recap the short clipping I have attached... "Whatever his mistakes in implementation, President Bush made the right choice, with the result that the Middle East and the world will forever be free of Saddam's menace."

"Whatever his mistakes" - $300 Billion Dollars and counting

"Whatever his mistakes" - More American soldiers killed than civilians on September 11th

"Whatever his mistakes" - Destroying International Good Will

"Whatever his mistakes" - Underestimating troop levels

"Whatever his mistakes" - Disbanding the Iraqi Army

"Whatever his mistakes" - Assuming Americans would be greeted as liberators with daisies

"Whatever his mistakes" - Not finding WMD's

"Whatever his mistakes" - Botching the intelligence that Iraq had WMD's

"Whatever his mistakes" - Denying and downplaying inaccurate intelligence

"Whatever his mistakes" - "Bring it on"

"Whatever his mistakes" - "You're with us or against us"

"Whatever his mistakes" - Rumsfeld

"Whatever his mistakes" - Iraqi Looting

"Whatever his mistakes" - Inciting Terrorists and Extremists

"Whatever his mistakes" - Not finishing the job in Afghanistan

Whatever his mistakes, all is forgiven. All those billions of dollars, lies, and lives lost are clearly outweighed by the execution of a dictator who was being contained by American and British No-fly zones, not to mention his own damaging personality and heavy-handedness, which alienated him from virtually all of his neighbors.

Get a clue, National Review.

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