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Dean is getting ripped by the media... but what about Clark?

January 14, 2004 8:10 PM

It's fascinating to see the media rip into Dean with reckless abandon. Eric Boehlert at Salon did a fine job debunking many of the myths bouncing around the media echo chamber.

I love the latest one though. Dean supported "unilateral" action in Kosovo. "He's not really anti-war! He's just against the Iraq war! What a hypocritical opportunist!" Sigh... Dean was against the Iraq war because it would make it harder to fight terrorism, not because he was against war period. Shouldn't that give his anti-war stance MORE credibility?

For those of you getting concerned about whether Dean will be able to weather the storm, just remember that this is going to happen to whoever ends up getting the nomination. The fact that Dean has held up as well as he has is quite remarkable. And the fact that they've yet to find anything of real substance is a good sign.

Clark has really lucked out -- he hasn't yet been put under the microscope that Dean has. But when this emerges as a Dean vs. Clark race -- which I think is inevitable -- things will get a lot tougher for the General from Arkansas.

FAIR dug up the following on Clark's "anti-war" record:

On April 2nd, Paula Zahn asked Clark if he had any doubts we would find WMD in Iraq: "I think they will be found. There's so much intelligence on this."

A week later: "Liberation is at hand. Liberation -- the powerful balm that justifies painful sacrifice, erases lingering doubt and reinforces bold actions. ... Already the scent of victory is in the air."

Bush and Blair "should be proud of their resolve in the face of so much doubt. Their opponents, those who questioned the necessity or wisdom of the operation, are temporarily silent, but probably unconvinced. ... Let's have those parades on the Mall and down Constitution Avenue."

The next day: "The campaign in Iraq illustrates the continuing progress of military technology and tactics, but if there is a single overriding lesson it must be this: American military power, especially when buttressed by Britain's, is virtually unchallengeable today. Take us on? Don't try! And that's not hubris, it's just plain fact."

I would be extremely uncomfortable supporting a career military guy who claims that he opposes the Iraq war while waxing poetic about it.

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Raymond Onar:

I think 1st Lt. Mark V. Shaney USMC said it best when he said:

"Responsible journalism should include responsibility for one's actions in publishing a news story in such a way that puts many other people in harm's way; has a direct result of publication of a particular story might have on other people."

Raymond Onnard
And as always: "Quidquid excusatio prandium pro!

Sat Jul 10 2004 11:20 AM

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