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Thursday, April 27, 2006 05:26 am

Words to remember

Talking heads also were dead wrong about Iraq

We all remember George W’s fleeting moment of glory three years ago when he strutted aboard that aircraft carrier under a banner that shouted, “Mission Accomplished.” Well, three years, $300 billion, and nearly 2,400 American deaths later, Bush’s “mission” is a quagmire, with no end in sight. But he was not the only one gloating back then — right-wing media pundits, who had been enthusiastic long-distance cheerleaders of George’s magnificent adventure in Iraq, were also full of themselves. Let’s play back some of their insights from the early days of the Iraq war. “The war was the hard part,” beamed a gleeful Fred Barnes on Fox News. “And it gets easier. I mean, setting up a democracy is hard, but not as hard as winning a war.” Here’s a keen observation from Fox News’ Dick Morris: “Over the next couple of weeks, when we find the chemical weapons this guy was amassing . . . I think really means that the left is going to have to hang its head for three or four years.” Of course, Bill O’Reilly is a brilliant judge of what war involves, offering this slightly off-target prediction in ’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.” Let’s go to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for the final word: “Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger. . . . Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.” No — Bush is simple; war is hell. And it’s always more complex than it looks from an air-conditioned television studio.
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