Monday, July 30, 2007

The Tide (of opinion) Has Turned

From A War We Just Might Win at the New York Times.
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.

I wonder if any of the editors at the New York times ever read any of their own editorials.


Rick and Gary said...

Hi David --

Technically, that article is an "op-ed" or opposite editorial. It's a space to provide alternative views to the editorials. I'm pretty sure I read Ken Pollack a year ago saying essentially the same thing.

David M. Smith said...

Hi Rick,

My comment doesn't make much sense, does it? : - )

I didn’t expect to see this opinion anywhere in the NY Times.

In most matters, and especially Iraq, people tend to look for facts that support their preconceived notion. Publishing an opposing point of view in the NY Times may soften some of the preconceived notions in a way that will allow for more actual facts and more open minded analysis.

Even I may not be so supportive of the war if I believed the vocal war opponents were interested in the truth, not just their agenda.