The Corner

Chris Matthews

is arguing on MSNBC that not only did the White House leak to destroy critics like Wilson but it actually made its entire argument for war “on background” and “through leaks” rather than “honestly debate” the merits in the open.

What the hell is this guy talking about?

Did Bush leak his UN speeches? Was his Axis of Evil speech attributed to “sources high up in the White House? Was Colin Powell’s presentation delivered on deep background? I didn’t realize all those Meet the Press interviews with Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Condaleeza Rice were not for attribution.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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