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Past performance is no guarantee of future results:
● “Ten Years After: An ill-conceived war continues to affect American policy.”
— Headline and metatag on New York Times retrospective on tenth anniversary of Iraq War, attributed to “The Editorial Board,” March 19, 2013.
● “Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal: As in Kosovo, the United States must justify intervention on moral grounds.”
— Headline and metatag on New York Times op-ed published today, by Ian Hurd, “associate professor of political science at Northwestern, is the author of ‘After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the United Nations Security Council.'”
As Ben Shapiro writes in response at Big Journalism:
At least Hurd is honest. Many on the left have suggested that the Obama administration can find some legal justification for military action in Syria. It can’t. Now it will be interesting to see if the international left, which despised the multilateral Bush approach to Iraq despite multiple UN resolutions regarding the actions of Saddam Hussein plus a coalition of dozens of countries, will be willing to protest the far more unilateral Obama administration.
Protests? As David Burge, the bard of Des Moines notes today, “Global warming has apparently wiped out the Puff-Chested North American War Protester.”
It’s just not hip to protest whenever there’s a Democrat in office, as former actress Janeane Garofalo once admitted, perhaps her only honest utterance.
Just as a reminder, the Times concluded 2012 with a column titled, “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution,” highlighting the newspaper’s ongoing rejection of legality, as long as it benefits Mr. Obama.