"KURTZ: Do you include yourself in this indictment? Did you run into that kind of skepticism from your "Washington Post" editors?
RICKS: Absolutely. There was a sense that, look, this thing is going to happen. You've written a lot of stories about the doubts about the war. Give us more stories about the war plan, because it is going to happen, whether or not all these generals oppose it."
a lot of stories about doubts about the war?
"I tend to think we're seeing much the same thing in Lebanon. Just as we saw before the Iraq War, a lot of people are making the jump from "the status quo is bad" to "war is a good idea" without adequately considering how unlikely it is that war will improve the situation."* froomkin:
"Holland also writes: "Bush said he spent the previous evening thinking about the Middle East while sitting on the porch of his ranchhouse waiting on first lady Laura Bush to arrive.write your own gags. or just gag.
"'I was thinking about the right strategy for the United States in the Middle East. I spent a long time thinking about it, went in and wrote some notes, I then shared my thoughts this morning with some of my inner circle,' Bush said.""
* via froomkin:
"Civil war "'is sort of a proxy term for wars we cannot win,' said Christopher F. Gelpi, a professor of political science at Duke University who has worked on gauging opinions on Iraq with Peter D. Feaver, a fellow Duke professor who took leave to become a special adviser to the White House.""
* jerusalem, palestine, haifa, palestine & tel aviv, palestine, circa 1929. courtesy jonathon* glenn: "... the incomparably conventional Cokie Roberts..."