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Further in the issue, the publication has an article written  by Bruce Riedel titled “How we Enabled Qaeda.” Like Sullivan, Riedel agrees that America’s biggest mistake “was to ignore Al Qaeda in Pakistan to invade Iraq, which, at that point, posed no serious threat.” Really? Does Riedel not remember that Democrats as well as Republicans all argued that Saddam did pose a major threat, and that he might unleash WMDs, which everyone thought he had, on his enemies?

Riedel ends his article arguing that now, the U.S. has “an opportunity to right its wrongs.” How? As you might expect, Riedel provides rather meaningless advice that in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia the U.S. “must help citizens build accountable governments, not new police states.”  We read nothing from him about any threats from the Islamists, from the Muslim Brotherhood, and from our other enemies. And yes, like everyone else, he wants a new “peace process” in the Middle East, and a new vision, “not just to veto Palestinian dreams.” He gives us not one word about the unrelenting Palestinian dream of destroying both Israel and killing the Jews. And Riedel seems to think, contrary to all evidence, that the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” has something to do with al-Qaeda’s terrorism. Finally, making it clear that he comes at the issue from the precincts of the left, he attacks Obama’s use of drones, which he says “alienate civilians, creating the next generation of militants.” Riedel gives no account of what the U.S. should do, except the fantasy of resuming Israeli-Palestinian talks, stopping the use of drones, and saying “this time we have to get it right.” This is evidently profound thinking for Newsweek.

The most egregious and truly inexcusable piece in the entire issue, however, is the two-page rave review by  Newsweek staff writer Tony Dokoupil of the fanatic leftist Michael Moore’s new memoir, Here Comes the Trouble: Stories From My Life. He starts by noting that even the Motion Picture Academy booed Moore when he received his Oscar right after the start of the Iraq war, and goes on to note Moore’s pride that he started the “backlash against President Bush” before nationwide criticism of the Bush administration “became “a national fusillade.”

Dokupil points out that now Moore is pointing his anger at President Obama, whom he accuses of betraying America’s working people. Moore tells the author that he now wants “to appease Republicans.” Yet he tells us that Moore is “showing signs of mellowing,” something for which he gives no evidence, aside from Dokupil’s assertion. Moore thinks he has already changed people’s minds and has been successful, since more and more liberals agree with him and he is no longer out on the limb. If this is true — and it might well be — it reflects only on the collapse of real liberalism, and its move to the precincts of the Looney Left.

Dokupil does say that while Moore has a “now-growing base of antiwar activists,” who view anything he does as “another stone tablet brought down from Mount Sinai,”  to “most Americans,” his films are “seen as an unpatriotic assault, a traitorous work in a time of war.” And he notes that  many pundits “were particularly savage.” How do we make up our minds which side is right? Dokupil seems to not give readers evidence of the kind of things Moore actually said and believes, which are most likely not to be found in his memoir.

Moore, as Jacob Laskin reported, said the following:

I’m sorry, but the majority of Americans supported this war once it began and, sadly, that majority must now sacrifice their children until enough blood has been let that maybe—just maybe—God and the Iraqi people will forgive us in the end. The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not “insurgents”  or “terrorists”  or “The Enemy.” They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow—and they will win.

Had Newsweek let its audience know the truth about Moore’s beliefs, and provided examples, they could judge which version of Moore is correct, that of the left or that of most Americans.  Readers are supposed to feel sorry for Moore, since according to Dukopil, he hasn’t ended capitalism, prevented a second term for George W. Bush, or achieved socialized medicine, like that in his beloved Cuba. Perhaps, just perhaps, Michael Moore doesn’t deserve the great attention liberal media outlets like Newsweek have given him. Indeed, the author suggests that the next years and the presidential election “may also center on Michael Moore.”

I would say only if publications like Newsweek and the other major media pay such attention to him. That a blowhard like Michael Moore is taken seriously by a mass magazine that seeks to hold to its once noble reputation  again reflects the decline of the mainstream media and its blatant move towards left-liberalism.

As for me, the only reason I will go on looking at the publication is because they made one wise move, hiring the top intelligence journalist Eli Lake and giving him a wider audience than he had writing for The Washington Times. I feel sorry for Lake to have to be in the pages of such bad company. Whether or not his presence makes up for the rest of the magazine’s sad contents and contributors is for you readers to judge.

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