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Norman Solomon: The Guns Of August

The Guns Of August
Norman Solomon,
August 06, 2007

Norman Solomon is a syndicated columnist. The documentary film "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death," is based on Solomon's book of the same title.

The U.S. media establishment is mainlining another fix for the Iraq war: It isnt so bad after all, American military power could turn wrong into right, chronic misleaders now serve as truth-tellers. The hit is that the war must go on.

When the White House chief of staff Andrew Card said five years ago that you dont introduce new products in August, he was explaining the need to defer an all-out PR campaign for invading Iraq until early fall. But this year, August isnt a bad month to launch a sales pitch for a new and improved Iraq war. Bad products must be re-marketed to counteract buyers remorse.

War critics who have concentrated on decrying the lack of U.S. military progress in Iraq are now feeling the hoist from their own petards. But thats to be expected. Those who complain that the war machine is ineffective are asking for more effective warfare even when they think theyre demanding peace.

If Michael OHanlon and Kenneth Pollack didnt exist, theyd have to be invented. The duos op-ed piece in The New York Times last week, under the headline A War We Just Might Win , was boilerplate work from elite foreign-policy technicians packaging themselves as two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administrations miserable handling of Iraq. A recent eight-day officially guided tour led them to conclude that we are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms.

Both men have always been basic supporters of the Iraq war. OHanlon is a prolific writer at the Brookings Institution. Pollacks credits include working at the CIA and authoring the 2002 bestseller The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq. In the years since the candy and flowers failed to materialize, their critiques of the Iraq war have been merely tactical. .....(more)

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