From, of all papers, the NY Times - that bastion of American thoughtfulness who helped lead the charge into the invasion of the Middle East for it's masters in Israel, comes this op-ed on the foolishness of it all.
By saying "the time has passed" for the Afghanistan war to be won, Bob Herbert feebly suggests that "we were right then but we're wrong now", as if to wipe away the culpability of the propagandists who played their part in psyching the American people to war while their cohorts in Washington leaped at the chance to launch their military invasion of the Middle East with Afghanistan serving as springboard.
In newspaper-land, the owner is the chief editor. In the case of the NY Times this would be Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. Evidence that he colluded with the neocon gang in Washington to get their invasion launched can be found in the archives of the NY Times. Disbelieving should start with the Judith Miller and "Scooter" Libby connection and unravel from there.
Do propaganda machines like the NY Times have a right to exist? Sure, freedom of speech is arguably our most important freedom. What's the problem then? The problem is what's referred to as media ownership consolidation, as made possible by our neocon-friendly Congress. This device placed the power of our information supply into the hands of a handful of people, who proceeded to use their power to dupe us into a military invasion we really didn't want.
In an article titled "Predictions" Justin Raimondo once again resonates with truth that deserves but never gets equal attention.