RALPH PETERS: "During a recent visit to Baghdad, I saw an enormous failure. On the part of our media. The reality in the streets, day after day, bore little resemblance to the sensational claims of civil war and disaster in the headlines."
Prior to the invasion of Iraq, Gary Hart came to Boston College to promote his new book and talk about the impending war. He told the group that the initial invasion of Baghdad would lead to 50,000 American casualties. I asked him if he chose that number because it lined up quite nicely with the number of American losses in Vietnam and so it fit in to the storyline: "Iraq is another Vietnam." I didn't really expect and answer and got none.
Three years later he retains his touch for making wild predictions of impending doom. Thank god he has zero chance of ever being president.
And to think I once supported him. And Al Gore. Luckily, my support made no difference!