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Sunday, April 23, 2006

When you can't admit you're wrong...

Christopher Hitchens has been a one man wrecking crew when it comes to destroying Ambassador Joe Wilson's credibility on the whole Iraq/Niger uranium story. He has had two articles in as many weeks that take about Ambassador Wilson's report, point by point.

For those who don't know, Mr. Hitchens is a former Socialist and self described "contrarian". He has the typical biting British wit that those of us who grew up watching Monty Python have grown to love. He was a very vocal critic of Presidents Reagan and George HW Bush and he criticized the first Gulf War, claiming that Saddam Hussein was "lured" into the war - so one could hardly mistake him for a long time Republican apologist! He has, however been a vocal critic of radical Islam and "theocratic facism".

Now in addition to this, the revelations from the "Saddam tapes" have been flowing out
fast and furious. All of which leads a thinking person to ask "why has the media insisted on maintaining the claim that Saddam had no a)WMDs and b) connections to al Qaeda?". I don't know if we will ever know the answer to that for sure, but some believe that it is simply that the press loathes to admit that maybe, just maybe the "cowboy" knew more about what was going on than they did. Maybe it's because the press can not admit that they were wrong!


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