May 17, 2005

Newsweek, Angry MP's, and Polls

It appears as if Newsweek has stepped in it:

Newsweek floundered in journalistic purgatory over the weekend, unable to confirm or completely retract the "Periscope" item from its May 9 issue that incensed rioters in Afghanistan and Pakistan; 16 people died in the melees.
Naturally the Pentagon/Bush admin is overplaying this and are attempting to blame Newsweek for all their war trouble. Not so fast:

Recall that the White House and its allies spent all of 2002 and a good portion of 2003 touring the country and the world making statements about Iraq's WMD programs and ties to terrorism that have almost uniformly turned out to be inaccurate. Recall that as a result, thousands and thousands of people are now dead, with an untold larger number maimed or otherwise seriously wounded. Recall further that in response to a Newsweek story that turns out not to have been as well-sourced as its author and editors initially believed and that became the pretext for some anti-American rioting, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said, "People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said. How could he be credible now?" An interesting question.

In other news we have anti-war British Parliament member George Galloway going off in front of a US Senate committee. I was watching this over breakfast and the guy did such a powerful rift against the war that the Foxnews anchor was sputtering to rebut him.

Finally a some bad GOP poll numbers to brighten your day.