But here is Moran just four days later, again questioning Fleischer, this time about the administration's decision to bypass populated areas to prevent civilian casualties: "Obviously, the Iraqi regime has mined this (Basra) harbor, and that is a wicked thing to do, but the coalition battle plan was to bypass Basra and leave the more than half million citizens there essentially to fend for themselves … Does the administration take any responsibility for the plight of the people of Basra?"
Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Those liberals who butchered their coverage of the domestic political scene will find solace in the knowledge that their colleagues overseas were equally irresponsible in their reporting of events in Iraq.
So who was the most obnoxious reporter of them all? It should not surprise. Just as he was in Gulf War I, Peter Arnett, proved himself to be a noxious embarrassment. He would ultimately get fired from MSNBC for his shameless promotion of Saddam's regime, but not before filing a number of reports that must have made that former Iraqi Minister of Information green with envy.
"Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of Iraqi forces … The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance; now they are trying to write another war plan." Arnett made these pronouncements on April 1. Four days later, the Marines were in Baghdad.
On March 25, Arnett dutifully passed along Saddam's propaganda line concerning his regime's treatment of coalition POWs. "This morning, the Trade Minister told us in a press conference that President Saddam Hussein had personally ordered that these (POWs) be treated well," Arnett intoned. "The Trade Minister said Saddam wants them given the best medicine and the best food."
Six days later came the glorious news that Jessica Lynch had been rescued, her poor body broken to pieces by her tormentors, her location provided to the coalition forces by an Iraqi citizen who had watched, and could no longer bear, her torture at the hands of Saddam's goons.
A few days before American tanks rumbled into Baghdad and were met by delirious crowds celebrating their liberation, the April 7 edition of Newsweek assigned a "down" arrow in its "Conventional Wisdom" box to Vice President Dick Cheney. Why? Because he "Tells 'Meet the Press' just before the war, 'We will be greeted as liberators.' An arrogant blunder for the ages."
These leftist activists embedded in American journalism are experts in arrogant blunders.