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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Before I look

I'll bet that some of my favorite blogs, A Tiny Revolution especially, will be all over today's NY Times editorial, which demonstrates that an incredible lack of self-awareness is an affliction not only of George Bush, but of the NY Times as well. The editorial refers to the latest hype about Iran providing weapons to the insurgency in Iraq, and how the misadministration used anonymous briefers to give the story to the press. I hereby predict that Jonathan Schwarz at ATR, and probably a few others on my blog roll, will (or already have) focused on this sentence from the editorial:
How little this administration has learned from its failures is a constant source of amazement. It seems the bigger the failure, the less it learns.
This from the paper that, just a few days ago, published an article by Michael Gordon (Deadliest Bomb in Iraq Is Made by Iran, U.S. Says) about those same weapons based entirely on those same anonymous government sources. The NY Times was the Bushies' "news"letter in the run-up to the war in Iraq, and so far has served exactly the same purpose in the run-up to war with Iran. Somehow, they don't seem to have noticed--nor have they changed. While condemning the Bushies' method of delivering misinformation, they still seem to believe it all:
We have no doubt about Iran's malign intent. Iran is defying the Security Council's order to halt its nuclear activities, and it is certainly meddling inside Iraq.
If Mr. Bush is truly worried about Iran fanning Iraq's ever more bloody civil war--and he should be--he needs to stop fantasizing about regime change and start trying to find a way to persuade Iran's leaders to help rein in the chaos in Iraq.
Fanning Iraq's civil war? It isn't Iran that is surging 20,000 troops into Baghdad. It's the same clowns who made the civil war possible in the first place.

Anyway, everything above was written before 9 this morning. I will now go check my blogroll and see what the pros have to say.