Michael Kinsley lies
My NU account gives me Lexis access. From me to you, here’s an April 12 exchange from CNN’s “Newsnight.” Emphasis is mine.
AARON BROWN:Change of scenery and change of topic. We go next to Seattle, Washington, where we’re joined by Michael Kinsley, the editor of slate.com, columnist for “The Washington Post,” wearer of many hats.
It’s good to see you. You’ve written a couple of interesting pieces of late to talk about, it seems to me. Is the anti-war movement, the people who oppose the war, discredited by the events of the last three weeks?
MICHAEL KINSLEY, EDITOR, SLATE.COM: Well, I don’t think so, Aaron. There wasn’t really an anti-war movement, in the case of this war, but there were many Americans, I have to say including myself. who thought it was a bad idea.
The reason people opposed this war was not that we thought that the United States would be unable to defeat Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi army. So the fact that we managed to defeat them doesn’t discredit any of the many arguments against the war.
Were there weapons of mass destruction there? We still don’t know. Will the — will a democratic capitalist society emerge when the chaos ends? We don’t know. Will democracy spread throughout the Middle East? We don’t know. These are all of the things that we were supposedly going to work for.
What will happen to all the young people throughout the Arab world and elsewhere who have been inflamed with anti-American passions? I hope none of these bad things happen and all of these good things do happen, but it’s certainly not established yet.