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Friday, September 28, 2007
Fisking Katie

Katie Couric's recent comments at the National Press Club deserve some attention. Let's take the perky one's best bits, one at a time:

"Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale for this war."

How many ways is this annoying? First of all, it is arrogant. It assumes that, of course, everyone agrees with you -- when in fact everyone doesn't. Second, the fact that she could say it with confidence in the National Press Club, tells you how narrow and insulated the media in America is. Third, it is flat out wrong. Bush laid out the rationale very clearly on a number of occasions. It is hard to remember now, but Bush was focusing on WMD because that was the one reason that pretty much EVERYBODY agreed upon. Everyone agreed that the Iraqis had a WMD program, including the previous Democratic administration. But beyond that, Bush also raised the strategic importance of Iraq, and the need for a new and more democratic middle-east to replace the old, broken and despotic one.

"I've never understood why [invading Iraq] was so high on the administration's agenda when terrorism was going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan - and that [Iraq] had no true connection with al Qaeda," she said.

Does she really not understand why Iraq was a better place to send troops than Pakistan? Or is she just reading off Democrat talking points? Does she not understand that we are not fighting just Al Queda, but islamic terrorism generally? Does she not understand that Saadam was paying suicide bomber families bounties for blowing up innocent Israelis? Does she not understand that Saadam's regime was providing safe haven for terrorists? From what I understand, the Czech intelligence services stand by their contention that Atta met with Iraqi agents in Prague (the 9/11 commission concluded that since his cell phone was used in Florida during that period, it couldn't have been him. Pretty sound logic as it is impossible to believe that another terrorist would use his cell phone while he was out of the country). Finally, who exactly are we fighting over there right now? Oh, yeah. Al Queda in Iraq.

"The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying 'we' when referring to the United States and, even the 'shock and awe' of the initial stages, it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable."

You don't like saying "we" when referring to the United States? The culture of wearing flags on our lapel makes you uncomfortable? What kind of American are you? The kind that likes to distance themselves from the country? The kind that thinks a small indicator that you love your country (like wearing the flag) is a bad thing?

Couric, 50, also accused the Bush Administration of "disbanding the Iraq military, and leaving 100,000 Sunni men feeling marginalized and angry" - and said she'd "feel totally comfortable saying any of that at some point, if required, on television."

Nice 20/20 hindsight. I agree with Bremer -- disbanding the Iraqi army was the only sensible thing to do. To do otherwise, would be like handing Germany over to the SS. The Iraqi army -- all those poor marginalized Sunni men -- raped and plundered and tyrannized over the Iraqi people for 30 years. What Bush realized is that, beyond its immorality, the "realist" foreign policy that left millions of Arabs living under tyrannical regimes has not made us safer. It has made us far less safe. Continuation of a tyrannical, backward-looking Middle East is a virtual guarantee that some American City will be reduced to ashes in our lifetime.

Bush made the difficult decision to change the Middle East in a big way. It is a very difficult project and one that may fail. What makes it more difficult is that he has had to do it despite a political party and a media class that actively works to ensure that "we" lose this war.

I believe that the American Military will win this war anyway. Despite the Katie Courics.

Update: TIBS, you've met Katie Couric in person. What say you?

it seems like you guys are back on the kool aid after a summer of lemonade.

"I believe that the American Military will win this war anyway. Despite the Katie Courics. "

correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't General Petraus and the Secretary of Defense Bill Gates both testified before congress and the senate that the war cannot be won militarily?

Unfortunately, we lost this war the day we invaded due to our leaders lack of history. I've been watching THE WAR on pbs and it's amazing that ww2 was shorther than a war against guys in pickup trucks. Instead of fighting right vs left in our country while religious fanatics gain support and validity can't we face REALITY here in the U.S.. Let's work together to educate the world about what good we do and stop this nonsense of torturing others, and creating a constant state of fear/war.
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