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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Five years ago: Predicting disaster in Iraq

Exactly five years ago, I edited a a special issue for E&P with George Bush on the cover that raised troubling issues about the administration's case for war. The simple cover line told it all: "Unanswered Questions." Inside we presented a half dozen articles that covered everything from the views of various pundits to war reporters showing maybe a little too much enthusiasm for their coming task. One of the highlights was my Q & A with famed Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg. While he is often criticized for his activism and edgy statements, the fears he expressed -- often mocked at the time -- turned out to be far more accurate than anything that emerged from, say, The Washington Post's editorial board or most of its columnists. The war would begin less than two months later. Here is the link, and I urge you to follow it:


arty said...

Yikes! It's Seymour Hersh, fifth paragraph down.

Anonymous said...

Saddam was a threat to the United States because of his support to al Qaeda.

Read my book Both In One Trench: Saddam's Secret Terror Documents