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McGory’s Convinced


I was struck by Mary McGrory’s Op-Ed in today’s Washington Post, where she essentially changes her mind about Iraq. I suppose I shouldn’t be churlish about someone who has the guts to reverse course in public. Still, McGrory’s piece really is a perfect example of what’s behind the anti-war sensibility. McGrory spends most of her time decrying the administration’s supposed chickenhawks. She says that Vietnam almost turned her into a pacifist. She also has a very distorted account of why Powell was upset by France’s treachery. In the end, though, McGrory acknowledges the truth of what Powell was saying, and emphasizes that she only believes it because it was Powell who said it.