Newsweek's "War Whiplash" Injury
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Newsweek magazine is the "Conventional Wisdom" box, generally credited to Senior Editor Jonathan Alter. In this week's "War Whiplash Edition," the magazine confessed: "The CW charts the manic movements of media/Beltway blowhards, whether right or wrong. Occupational hazard: Arrows can spin overnight." But over the years the "wisdom" of the so-called "media/Beltway blowhards" has tilted very sharply to the left. Last week, they gave Vice President Cheney a down arrow:
"Tells Meet the Press just before war, 'We will be greeted as liberators.' An arrogant blunder for the ages." Look at just who made the arrogant historical blunders last week:
|George W. Bush Last Week||vs. This Week|
|"Steadfast, but his war cluelessly flings open the gates of hell, making any sort of victory
||"Looks like he was right about ex-generals' hand-wringing being 'silly.' But it's not over yet."
|Donald Rumsfeld Last Week||vs. This Week|
|"Taking fire from TV retired generals for flawed war plan. And how did you miss the
CW: Orders too few troops to do the job. New CW: Brilliant architect of flexible war plan. But it's not over yet."
|Peter Arnett Two Weeks Ago||vs. This Week|
CW: Gulf War I has-been. New: Once more, unto the Baghdad breach. 'Shock and awe, indeed, Tom!'"
CW: Old warhorse rehabs career in Baghdad. New CW: Stupidly blows career by going on Saddam TV.