Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Five Years After the Invasion, Columnist Brooks Clams Up About Iraq Anniversary

Five years ago, conservative columnist David Brooks, then with The Weekly Standard, was beating the drums of war. Brooks bought into the Bush-Cheney hype about Saddam and his (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction hook, line and sinker.

Here's a succinct Brooks gem from those heady days of Neocon glory: "The president has remained resolute. Momentum to liberate Iraq continues to build. The situation has clarified, and history will allow clear judgments about which leaders and which institutions were up to the challenge posed by Saddam and which were not."

Today, with five years of history to review, Brooks might want to reconsider his pro-war position. Perhaps that's why Brooks, now writing for the New York Times, conveniently forgot to mention the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion.

1 comment:

Tulsan said...

"In 1997, Brooks wrote an influential article called 'A Return to National Greatness,' for The Weekly Standard... 'National Greatness' is what results when unacknowledged feelings of sexual inadequacy manifest themselves as a theory of foreign policy. The ostensible theory is that the United States, at the time, no longer had the sense of large, unifying national purpose that it had during the days of the western expansion, the Cold War, and the space program. The remedy was for the government to create 'a spirit of confidence and vigor that can then spill across the life of the nation.'

"Those behind this movement, including Weekly Standard editor and founder William Kristol...were the primary intellectual force behind the Iraq War, which has proven the theory to be a smashing success."

- from David Brooks - Dickipedia