Last week, as America commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, New York Times columnist David Brooks was silent on the issue, instead writing about the housing crisis and social entrepreneurship. Editor & Publisher’s Greg Mitchell writes that Brooks silence is odd, considering that he was “serving as senior editor of the most influential (inside the White House) pro-war publication, The Weekly Standard” during the rush to war. Here, according to Mitchell, is just one example of Brooks’ pre-war writing that he refuses to re-examine:
The president has remained resolute. Momentum to liberate Iraq continues to build. The situation has clarified, and history will allow clear judgments about which leaders and which institutions were up to the challenge posed by Saddam and which were not.