'I was naive'

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Before the war, as Jonathan Schwarz points out, a British Lieutenant Colonel gave a speech so inspiring for its combination of righteousness and humanity that Bush tacked it to his wall.

"I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts. I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them..."

As with the "Freedom Fries" congressman, and so many other totemic war supporters, that British Lieutenant Colonel has changed his tune:

"It is time for our leaders to explain what is going on. It was as a battalion commander trying to explain to his men why they would embark on a war that I came to public notice. The irony is that I made certain assumptions that my goodwill and altruistic motivations went to the top. Clearly I was naive."
And Schwarz has a question: "which I would appreciate if some reporter would ask Scott McClellan:

Is George Bush going to put THAT on the wall of the Oval Office?"

One wishes the New York Times, the Washington Post and the networks would follow suit and not only admit that they were naive but modulate their coverage accordingly. As in: the administration lies like an addict so every statement, appointment, and action ought to be scrutinized in that context... not as if it were a fresh new day to be treated with a myopic and forced objectivity. (A Tiny Revolution)

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