Monday, May 24, 2004

You Want Fries With That?

Check out Eric Alterman’s article Hawks Eating Crow in The Nation.

The Bush Administration has not made it easy on its supporters. David Brooks now admits that he was gripped with a “childish fantasy” about Iraq. Tucker Carlson is “ashamed” and “enraged” at himself. Tom Friedman, admitting to being “a little slow,” is finally off the reservation. Die-hard Republican publicist William Kristol admits of Bush, “He did drive us into a ditch.” The neocon fantasist and sometime Republican speechwriter Mark Helprin complains on the Wall Street Journal editorial page–the movement’s Pravda–of “the inescapable fact that the war has been run incompetently, with an apparently deliberate contempt for history, strategy, and thought, and with too little regard for the American soldier, whose mounting casualties seem to have no effect on the boastfulness of the civilian leadership.”

But they’re still going to work to re-elect Bush. After all, as he himself once noted, “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice – won’t get fooled again.” Or something like that. Whatever.

Thanks to the Faithful Correspondent for the tip.