Buying the War -- Bill Moyers Journal (American PBS TV)

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  1. 999999999
  2. The media didn't fail - they fell into line. Rove took care of that.
  3. 5 years too late
  4. Downloading. I heard a bit of that on some podcast already.

    Open source in At Dinner with David Halberstam offered a sort of wordy wake to the author of The Best And Brightest.

    Apparently just before his death he was almost in mourning for a US Press that almost uniformally beat the drum for the war, a venture far more obviously flawed than Vietnam. One telling comment is made by a friend who was giving a talk at that radical enclave UC Berkeley: even that audience appeared to embrace the war.

    The same folk in 07 are probably bleating they were deceived into supporting the war by Rovian stratagems. In reality 9-11 knocked the US sideways, was looking to vent rage and there was a wilful suspension of disbelief as a result.

    Looking back at 03 it was one of those moments when the US was gripped by a sort of ideological mass hysteria. Historically it has always been prone to convulsions like this but I can't think of a previous instance that has lead the country so astray. Every carefully constructed political institution failed. With the uni-polar moment fading into the past we can now see it held greater risks than opportunities.