Saturday, December 29, 2007

Iraq was a distraction

The Washington Post today chastised Barack Obama for saying that our misadventure in Iraq was a distraction from Pakistan (see editorial from today).

The editorial thundered:
After the candidate made the debatable assertion that the Iraq invasion strengthened al-Qaeda in Pakistan, his spokesman, David Axelrod, said Ms. Clinton "was a strong supporter of the war in Iraq, which we would submit was one of the reasons why we were diverted from Afghanistan, Pakistan and al-Qaeda, who may have been players in the event today."

What Obama actually said was "we were distracted from focusing on them [Pakistan]." (see quote on MSNBC).

The assertion that Iraq was a distraction from Pakistan is "debatable" only by people like the Washington Post editors, who first foolishly supported the Iraq war and now refuse to see the error of their ways---which is exactly Hillary Clinton's position. So we know whom the Washington Post editorial board will support.

Boston Brahmin will continue to read the Washington Post for their excellent reporting and analysis, but their editorial board needs to get a life. And Barack Obama is absolutely right.

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