A Former GI's Perspective on the War Mea Culpas
Be sure to read Greg Mitchell's excellent piece on the media's failings in covering both the Iraq War and the run up to it. He's almost entirely right that the we've been unthinking hawks, lap dogs, and sorta cowardly, but there have been some 'come to Jesus' moments among journalists as we contemplate the war's fifth anniversary.
In particular, I was surprised and impressed by Slate's hawks critiquing their own role in supporting the war, 20-20 hindsight being what it is. They were brave and pretty hard on themselves. It would be easy to 'stay the course' a la you know who, but they dropped plenty of dimes on themselves. It's called "Why did we get it wrong?"
While you're piling on us, don't forget 9/11 itself; even we narcissistic journos got all patriotic after that happened. I even briefly considered re-upping after 14 years a civilian.