Krugman is Right Again
by TarHeel, Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 05:42:34 AM EST
First Krugman had a column called "Edwards Gets it Right" about Healthcare, now he has a column about Hillary's decision not to say Iraq is a mistake.
Wrong Is Right
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: February 19, 2007
The Democratic base wants someone who doesn't suffer from an infallibility complex, who can admit mistakes and learn from them.
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For the last six years we have been ruled by men who are pathologically incapable of owning up to mistakes. And this pathology has had real, disastrous consequences. The situation in Iraq might not be quite so dire -- and we might even have succeeded in stabilizing Afghanistan -- if Mr. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney had been willing to admit early on that things weren't going well or that their handpicked appointees weren't the right people for the job.
The experience of Bush-style governance, together with revulsion at the way Karl Rove turned refusal to admit error into a political principle, is the main reason those now-famous three words from Mr. Edwards -- "I was wrong" -- matter so much to the Democratic base. If we want to avoid future quagmires, we need a president who is willing to fight the inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom on foreign policy, which still in spite of all that has happened equates hawkishness with seriousness about national security, and treats those who got Iraq right as somehow unsound. By admitting his own error, Mr. Edwards makes it more credible that he would listen to a wider range of views. In truth, its the second issue, not the first, that worries me about Mrs. Clinton. Although shes smart and sensible, shes very much the candidate of the Beltway establishment an establishment that has yet to come to terms with its own failure of nerve and judgment over Iraq. Still, shes at worst a triangulator, not a megalomaniac; shes not another Dick Cheney.
because this is subscription I can't post the rest but the MSM will likely pick up on the similarity between Bush's famous inability to find a mistake in his first term and Hillary's inability to say her war vote was wrong. (georgep -- this is mostly Krugman's column...)