Fred Hiatt's Disingenuous Mea Culpa

At daily kos, BarbinMd eviscerates the Washington Post Editorial Board:

Self-serving, revisionist rationalizing is the only way to describe today's Washington Post editorial marking the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war. They begin:
Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, as appropriate a moment as any to take stock. What matters most is finding the best policy now -- doing whatever can be done to help Iraq and safeguard U.S. interests in a vital region. But looking back also is essential, particularly for those of us who supported the war.
Wrong. An appropriate moment for a nationally read newspaper to take stock would have been before deciding to support a preemptive war, both through editorial cheerleading and a willingness to abandon journalistic integrity and act as stenographers for the White House in the run-up to the war.

Read the whole thing.

I just want to add one point. Hiatt writes:

It's tempting to say that if it was wrong to go in, it must be wrong to stay in.

First, no one argues that because it was wrong to go in is the reason we should leave. Typically disengenuous Hiatt. Never can he address the actual argument. Because he has no answers than more bluster which he provides aagain:

Walking away is likely to make a bad situation worse. A patient, sustained U.S. commitment, with gradually diminishing military forces, could still help Iraq to move in the right direction.

Sez who? Why the same group of dolts who thought going to war in Iraq was a good idea. Is there a stitch of an argument to try and support this drivel? Of course not. Hiatt has never made an actual argumemnt in his life. He is the worst newspaperman still working (now that Howell Raines and Daniel Okrent have been retired) as far as I am concerned.

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    Love their reporting, hate the editorials (none / 0) (#1)
    by MiddleOfTheRoad on Sun Mar 18, 2007 at 11:44:45 PM EST
    I have a love-hate relationship with the WaPo - love their reporting and hate their editorials.

    I strongly opposed the war from the beginning. The folks who led us in cannot be trusted.  But honestly I cannot say that leaving now or in a year or two is the right thing to do.

    I agree that ultimately we will have to leave.  I also think that this will end badly for us - in the sense that Iraq will find more commonality with Iran (and Hezbulla) than with the US.  I wonder how many people have studied the 1971 war between India and Pakistan (which led to the creation of Bangladesh) to see if we can draw any parallels.

    But we have seriously broken Iraq and we should be very careful about how we go about exiting Iraq.

    I see bad politics from both sides, though Bush has been far, far worse than the Dems.