Words of War

Dave Zweifel rescues from obscurity — with help from the lefty Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, which is "fair" in the same sense that Fox News is — some prominent hawks' assertions from three years ago about the Iraq War. Here's the Weekly Standard's executive editor:

"The war was the hard part. The hard part was putting together a coalition, getting 300,000 troops over there and all their equipment and winning. And it gets easier. I mean, setting up a democracy is hard, but it is not as hard as winning a war." (Fred Barnes, Fox News, 4/10/03)

And from the liberal New York Times:

"This has been a tough war for commentators on the American left. … Liberal writers for ideologically driven magazines like The Nation and for less overtly political ones like The New Yorker did not predict a defeat, but the terrible consequences many warned of have not happened. Now liberal commentators must address the victory at hand and confront an ascendant conservative juggernaut that asserts U.S. might can set the world right." (New York Times reporter David Carr, 4/16/03)

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