Sunday, March 18, 2007

Iraq & Washington's Systemic Failure

By Robert Parry
March 19, 2007

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney may deserve the most blame for the Iraq War, but a core reality shouldn’t be missed: the four-year-old conflict resulted from a systemic failure in Washington – from the White House, to congressional Republicans and Democrats, to an insular national news media, to Inside-the-Beltway think tanks.

It was a perfect storm that had been building for more than a quarter century, a collision of mutually reinforcing elements: aggressive Republicans, triangulating Democrats, careerist journalists, bullying cable-TV and talk-radio pundits, aggressive and well-funded think tanks on the Right versus ineffectual and marginalized groups on the Left.

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1 comment:

shaun said...

While I am not a big fan of Elliott Abrams I don't necessarily think he was an "architect" of the Iraq war, although he supported it for sure. Was he not at the Ethics and Public Policy Center at the time of the planning?