Monday, February 18, 2008

What Hillary and the Media Failed to Learn from Iraq

The Democratic race, as it stands now, sharply reveals that neither Hillary Clinton nor the American media has learned their lessons from the Iraq failure.

Lessons mis-un-learned?

First, Hillary. Hillary's planning and strategy pre-Super Tuesday is eerily akin to the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld planning of our Iraq war. Hillary (Bush) thought that with her (his) formidable political (military) machine, she (he) would win the nomination (Iraq war) on Super Tuesday (within weeks). That Clinton had no contingency plan for the state contests after Super Tuesday is sheer hubris. It is as asinine as our administration's belief that the entire war effort would be paid by gushing oil revenues.

Greeted as liberators/Clinch the nom on Super Tuesday

Now, to the media. I believe that subconsciously, the media feels so guilt-ridden about its support of the Iraq war and its utter absence of investigation and follow-up into the WMD claims, that it wants to make amends with the American public. Subconsciously, it wants Obama to win.

How does it accomplish this, you ask? By being easy on Obama and not doing enough to "vet" him. Of course, it could very well be that the media has already vetted him thoroughly and turned up nothing. But if there are skeletons in his closet, and I mean skeletons that are relevant to his ability to lead our country, then the media has a duty to find them. By giving Obama a free pass, it is just as guilty of neglect as its prior malfeasance in the run-up to the Iraq invasion.

Superman or Super Dud?

Predictions: Hillary loses by just a couple of points in Wisconsin tomorrow. Obama ekes by in Texas, causing Hillary to call it quits within three days.

Disclosure: I am an Obama supporter and I approved this message.


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