Failing Upward

January 16, 2007

What do Fareed Zakaria, Thomas Friedman, David Brooks and Peter Beinart have in common? Well, for one thing they were wrong — spectacularly, disastrously wrong — about supporting the Iraq war.

And what do William Lind, Robert Scheer and Scott Ritter have in common? They were right — brilliantly, cleansingly right in denouncing the war and warning that it would have dreadful consequences for America and the world.

And yet, as this brilliantly written article points out, one group is enjoying more success and media prominence than ever, while the other group remains exiled on the fringes of public commentary.

Which group is hitting the jackpot? I don’t want to spoil any surprises for you, but here’s a hint: It ain’t the group that was right about the war.

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