Jewish World Review April 14, 2003 / 12 Nisan, 5763

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Who's the first elitist to admit they were wrong about the war? | Now, do you remember the old "Happy Days" episode, where Fonzie just couldn't seem to let the words, "I was wrong," pass through his lips? Well, that hilarious scene is being replayed hourly in the late newsrooms, movie studios and on college campuses across America.

I just wonder, who's going to be the first elitist to show the character to say: "Hey, America, guess what? I was wrong." Maybe the White House will get an apology, first, from The New York Times' Maureen Dowd. Now, Ms. Dowd mocked the morality of this war.

Or maybe Johnny Apple will fess up that he's still stuck in a Vietnam-era time warp that leads him to write at least a column for war that declares American troops to be stuck in a quagmire -- "quagmire" -- what a great word. Maybe that's why Johnny uses that word so much. It's just too bad he never seems to fit that word into the right news story these days.

And while we're on the subject of the "The New York Times," columnist Nick Kristof declared a few months back that "Iraqis hate Americans even more than they hate Saddam Hussein." He also called our president "delusional" for believing American troops could liberate the good people of Iraq. I wonder if Mr. Kristof is a big enough man to admit that he was wrong. Probably not, considering that he spent this week comparing America's communication efforts with the propaganda machine in Communist China.

Then we have Scott Ritter - you know, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector who played chief stooge for Saddam Hussein? Well, Mr. Ritter actually told a French radio network that "The United States is going to leave Baghdad with its tail between its legs, defeated." Sorry, Scott. I think you've been chasing the wrong tail, again.

Now, I don't expect someone like Scott Ritter to ever apologize for providing comfort to Saddam Hussein's bloody regime. But who knows? Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe disgraced commentators and politicians alike, like Tom Daschle, Jimmy Carter, Dennis Kucinich, and all those others, will step forward tonight and show the content of their character by simply admitting what we know already: that their wartime predictions were arrogant, they were misguided, and they were dead wrong.

Maybe, just maybe, these self-anointed critics will learn from their mistakes. But I doubt it. After all, we don't call them "elitists" for nothing.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) serves as a regular contributor to MSNBC, providing on-air commentary and analysis. He also serves as host on MSNBC Reports. Comment by clicking here.

04/10/03: He's baaack --- and his terror tactics deserve an 'F'
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