I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

More on the spin from Ignatius

I pointed out the most recent White House spin from David Ignatius below. I did so without much comment but Matthew Yglesias had plenty to say.
David Ignatius says that in retrospect we should have done more to cheat on Iyad Allawi's behalf in the January 2005 elections.


Back when Allawi first took office in 2004, the Ignatius' of the world hailed this is a brilliant solution. They were wrong. Back when Allawi was booted from power in January 2005 in favor of Ibrahim Jafari, folks proclaimed this a great success and said Bush's Iraq policy had been vindicated. They were wrong. Back when Jafari was ousted in favor of Maliki, people proclaimed this, too, as a crucial step in the right directed. They were wrong. Now Maliki's the problem and Allawi -- again! -- is the solution. But they're still wrong, shuffling the personnel roster in Baghdad in this way isn't helping.
The point is of course is that Ignatius is just another pundit who has been wrong about everything Iraq but for some reason thinks we still should listen to him.

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