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Just recently, The National Journal ran an article entitled “The French Were Right,” by Paul Starobin, arguing that Jacque Chirac’s warnings about the dangers of invading Iraq were correct. So far, so good. But the other day a careless interviewer from UPI asked Dominique de Villepin: “When you read the National Review–stating the French were right–what was your reaction?” (Smug, I assume.) Now, I fear that NR ran such a piece has entered the Nexis bloodstream, and become an irretrievable “fact.” Someone from France TV3 asked Colin Powell on Tuesday: “When you read the National Review writing, the French were right on Iraq, how do you react to that?” Powell, ever diplomatic, responded: “Well, the National Review is entitled to their opinion…”


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