August 19, 2003

Kevin Drum Is Fair and Balanced

Kevin Drum is fair and balanced. Our press corps--which does an excellent job of evading the fact that our president knows much less than a president should about pretty much everything--is not:

CalPundit: I Guess He's a Big Picture Guy: I GUESS HE'S A BIG PICTURE GUY....Our wartime president demonstrates his keen grasp of the military operations he is overseeing in Afghanistan:

"We've got about 10,000 troops there, which is down from, obviously, major combat operations," he said.

....In fact, the 10,000 troops in Afghanistan represent the highest number of U.S. soldiers in the country since the war there began. By the time the Taliban government had been vanquished in December 2001, U.S. troops numbered fewer than 3,000 in Afghanistan. And three months later, in March 2002, when the last major battle against remnants of the Taliban and al Qaeda took place in eastern Afghanistan, about 5,000 U.S. troops were in the country.

As I recall, Howard Dean got pilloried for being about 10% off in his estimate of U.S. troop strength in Iraq. Do you think we'll see the same reaction to the guy who actually is president for not even knowing if U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is up or down compared to a year ago?

No, I didn't think so.

Posted by DeLong at August 19, 2003 07:55 AM | TrackBack

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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/19/international/worldspecial/19BRIT.html?8bl

Blair's Points Led to Rewrite of Dossier, Panel Is Told
By WARREN HOGE

LONDON The judge conducting an inquiry into the background of a disputed British intelligence dossier on Iraq's unconventional weapons was told today that the document underwent a "substantial rewrite" to address points raised by Prime Minister Tony Blair in the weeks before its publication last September.

The words were used in an e-mail to Mr. Blair's chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, from the prime minister's communications chief, Alastair Campbell. In his Sept. 5 message, Mr. Campbell said the recast document would reflect "structure as per T.B.'s discussion," an apparent reference to the prime minister.

The communication was made public today at the start of the second week of judicial hearings into the death, apparently by suicide, of the weapons expert David Kelly, which has focused attention on public suspicions that Mr. Blair's office may have manipulated intelligence to exaggerate the threat posed by Iraq's arms....

Fair and Balanced

Posted by: lise F&B on August 19, 2003 08:06 AM

Last time I checked, Dana Milbank was part of the press corps and the writer of the posted quote, not Kevin Drum. Of course, Milbank is a candidate for the silent treatment ever since he started reporting what the president does not know.

Posted by: bakho on August 19, 2003 08:26 AM

I bet Fox News will sue Brad DeLong. The pretext will be this use of "Fair and Balanced" but the real reason is the valid points about how the press is actually harder on Dr. Dean than George Bush.

Posted by: Harold McClure on August 19, 2003 08:29 AM
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