Our ninja Frank Rich does it again:
TOMORROW night is the fourth anniversary of President Bushâ€™s prime-time address declaring the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the broad sweep of history, four years is a nanosecond, but in America, where memories are congenitally short, itâ€™s an eternity. Thatâ€™s why a revisionist history of the White Houseâ€™s rush to war, much of it written by its initial cheerleaders, has already taken hold. In this exonerating fictionalization of the story, nearly every politician and pundit in Washington was duped by the same â€œbad intelligenceâ€ before the war, and few imagined that the administration would so botch the invasionâ€™s aftermath or that the occupation would go on so long. â€œIf only I had known then what I know now …â€ has been the persistent refrain of the war supporters who subsequently disowned the fiasco. But the embarrassing reality is that much of the damning truth about the administrationâ€™s case for war and its hubristic expectations for a cakewalk were publicly available before the war, hiding in plain sight, to be seen by anyone who wanted to look.
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